Part 20 in a series analyzing the New York Mets.
Wilson Ramos was Plan C, but probably played more like a C-plus in his first season with the Mets.
After the Mets failed in their attempt to land J.T. Realmuto in a trade with the Marlins — he was ultimately dealt to the Phillies — general manager Brodie Van Wagenen pivoted to the free-agent market, where he tried to sign Yasmani Grandal. But the two sides never reached agreement, turning the focus to Ramos, who arrived on a two-year deal worth $19 million. Grandal, by the way, turned down roughly $60 million from the Mets and took a one-year deal with the Brewers, but got his money over the winter, agreeing to a four-year contract worth $73 million with the White Sox.
Given his defensive shortcomings, the Mets would have preferred a bigger splash offensively from Ramos, but received a respectable .288/.351/.416 slash line with 14 homers and 73 RBIs. Most notably, after two straight injury-plagued seasons, Ramos appeared in 141 games.
The Mets will face a decision on Ramos after the season — his contract contains a club option for 2021 worth $10 million. The Mets can buy out that option for $1.5 million. Realmuto is…