Ramos (knee) says he is a month ahead of his ACL rehab and plans to beginning working as a designated hitter by early May, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Declarations of improved health from a player with an injury history as extensive as Ramos' should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's at least encouraging to think he might only a miss a little more than a month at the plate. Per Topkin, the Rays' plan was previously a return in June or July, so this would be a major change. It remains hazy when Ramos would start catching again, but if he's able to reproduce his hitting from last season, he should still carry plenty of value as a DH to the Rays and even more to fantasy owners.
Ramos (knee) officially signed a two-year, $12.5 million dollar deal with the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The deal also includes another $5.75 million in incentives, which Ramos won't be able to starting working toward until June at the earliest, due to right knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and two meniscus tears. When healthy, Ramos is expected to provide a sizable boost to a Rays squad that often found runs hard to come by in 2016, given that he's coming off the best all-around season of his career. Before his Sept. 26 injury, the 29-year-old backstop slashed .307/.354/.496 with 25 doubles, 22 homers and 80 RBI over 131 games for the Nationals.
Ramos (knee) agreed to a two-year deal with the Rays on Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Ramos, who tore his ACL and meniscus in October, still has to pass a physical, but the 29-year-old looks set to join the Rays after putting together a career-best season in 2016. Over 133 games, Ramos posted a .307 batting average to go with a stellar .850 OPS, 80 RBI, and 22 home runs. However, because he's rehabbing his knee ailments, Ramos may be unavailable to play until June, Bob Nightengale of the USA Today reports.
Ramos's representatives are telling teams he will be back by May as a full-time catcher because the cartilage in his knee remained in tact, the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo reports. He did not receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals, and his agency is obviously trying to convince teams that they are buying a catcher for 2017 and not a DH. Ramos underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in mid-October, the second time his knee has been operated on, so he is a risky long-term proposition to remain behind the dish. There will likely be at least one team that buys into Ramos as a catcher in 2017, but a return in May still seems pretty optimistic.
Ramos (knee) did not receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Ramos missed the end of the season due to a tore ACL and meniscus, so it was a no-brainer for the Nationals to avoid paying him millions of dollars for what would likely amount to half a season. Given that this is his second major injury to the afflicted knee, there is a possibility that he won't be able to catch in 2017, which could affect his ability to sign this offseason. However, the 29-year-old's breakout season at the plate will surely attract some teams in dire need of a DH at some point.