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Sunday, December 16, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL FREE AGENT SIGNINGS: WILSON RAMOS LANDS WITH THE METS

If you were to take out the never-ending injury problems that have plagued his very underrated career to this point, New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos would universally be looked at as a top option at the position in almost all fantasy baseball leagues each spring.  The fact of the matter though is that Ramos' well-documented history of getting hurt has made him nothing more than a mid-round pick each season but if you were to follow our lead like we annually suggest in these pages, you took the plunge here anyways given the vast upside.  None other than the forward-thinking Rays made such a choice and were rewarded with a performance out of Ramos that served as the impetus for them to flip him to the Philadelphia Phillies at the July 31 deadline for solid prospect haul.  In terms of the numbers, Ramos hit 15 home runs, drove in 70, and batted a collective .306 to finish as one of the best catchers in 2018 fantasy baseball.  So while we don’t love the move to pitching-leaning Citi Field with the Mets, we can confidently say that the 31-year-old will hit for a very good average for a catcher (above .300 two of the last three seasons) and supply around 15-20 home runs.  Yes, the injury risk remains high (especially with no DH in the NL) but Ramos has few peers right now at the position this season. 

2019 PROJECTION:  .288 17 HR 74 RBI 53 RBI 0 SB  

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