Mets Set Sights On 2018 By Acquiring AJ Ramos

Friday night, the Mets made a surprising trade, obtaining Marlins closer AJ Ramos in exchange for minor league pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes.

It’s an interesting trade for the Mets to say the least. When looking at a pitcher like Gonzalez, he has the stuff where trading him could haunt you years from now. With that said, Gonzalez will be Rule 5 eligible this offseason, meaning the Mets needed to add him to the 40 man roster to protect him from the draft.

” I think the guys should be a little fired up we’ve got help coming,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “AJ is an outstanding pitcher and it gives us another end of the game guy which is tremendously helpful.”

“We’ve got another closer out there and that means a lot to us,” Collins concluded.

Ramos, 30, is 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 1.311 WHIP and 10.7 K/9 to go along with 20 saves in 40 games pitched.

It’s no guarantee the Mets would have added Gonzalez to the 40 man roster, and it was certainly plausible an organization would have picked him in the draft. To that end, it certainly makes sense to get something for Gonzalez instead of losing him for nothing.

The deal should also help the Mets maximize the return for Addison Reed. If someone really wants a late inning reliever, the cost for Reed is likely higher than it was yesterday as there is one less viable option. By taking Ramos off the market, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson also boosted Reed’s value.

These are all well and good reasons to like this trade. However, that’s not the reason why I like this trade for the Mets. The reason why I like this trade is what it signifies.

The New York Mets are going for it in 2018.

“We want to make sure we have the nucleus of a competitive team going into next year,” Alderson said.

The Mets are in the middle of a fire sale. The team is likely getting younger with rookies Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario expected to be important parts of the team. The uncertainty of David Wright continues to hang over this organization. The players returning to the roster have all had injury  issues. There’s a couple of holes that need to be filled.

On of those holes is the bullpen, and Ramos goes a long way towards filling it.

With his sinker-slider repertoire, he not only has the ability to return to All-Star form, but with his working with Dan Warthen, he could be even better.

Regardless of what happens, Mets fans should be excited about this deal. It is an indication the Mets will do all they need to be a much better team in 2018.

 

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