The Philadelphia Phillies are clinging to a small lead atop the NL East division, and they have various needs to fill as the season progresses further into the final months. On Tuesday, they’ve found a way to kill two birds with one stone in a deal with the Rays, acquiring two-time All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos. In exchange, the Phillies will send either cash or a player to be named later.
Ramos, 30, is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, he may not return before September 1, which is partially the reason as to why he was gotten at such an affordable cost.
In Ramos, the Phils get both an offensive and defensive boost. This season in Tampa Bay, Ramos slashed .297/.346/.488 with 14 homers and 53 RBI. He was named the AL starter at catcher for the All-Star game, but the hamstring injury kept him from fulfilling that role.
This season, Ramos ranks third among Major League catchers in OPS (.834) and homers (14) while also ranking third in average (.297) and seventh in wins above replacement (1.8).
Ramos’ contract expires at the end of the season, so Jorge Alfaro still seems to be who the Phillies view as their catcher moving forward. That being said, the lack of ability to consistently block balls in the dirt from both Alfaro and Andrew Knapp recently most likely played a part in this move as well.
To make room on the 40-man for Ramos, the Phils designated Zac Curtis for assignment.