The Mets will decline Ramos' $10 million team option for 2021, making him a free agent, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. New York's decision to let Ramos hit the open market isn't overly surprising after he saw his OPS fall from .767 in 2019 to .684 in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. In addition to his decline as a hitter, Ramos remained a below-average pitch framer and continued to struggle in controlling the run game, as opposing base stealers were successful on 28 of their 34 attempts while he was behind the plate. Though Ramos is still a solid contributor offensively by catcher's standards, his defensive shortcomings may make the 33-year-old better suited for a timeshare at this stage of his career.
Ramos went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during a 4-3 loss to the Nationals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. He opened the scoring on the day by taking former batterymate Max Scherzer deep in the third inning. Ramos has had a disappointing season at the dish, slashing .237/.296/.388 through 44 games with five homers and 15 RBI.
Ramos is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Ramos went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer during the matinee but won't be starting the back end of the doubleheader. Robinson Chirinos will take over behind the plate for the Mets in the nightcap.
Ramos is not in Thursday's lineup against the Nationals. Ramos is hitting .244 with two home runs in 45 at-bats this month. Robinson Chirinos will start behind the dish and bat ninth.
Ramos is not starting Tuesday's game against the Rays. Ramos remains the clear top option behind the plate for the Mets despite hitting just .241/.301/.376 on the season, numbers that are quite poor for a bat-first catcher. Robinson Chirinos, who's hitting .138/.208/.185, gets the nod in his place Tuesday.