Thehave reached an agreement with free agent catcher on a two-year contract with $19 million guaranteed, according to .
Ramos will reportedly earn $8.25 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020. The Mets have a $10-million club option with a $1.5-million buyout for 2021.
Prior to landing Ramos, the Mets had been one of the mostfor catcher . Trade talks apparently cooled due to the Mets’ reluctance to trade young stars , , or , a source told .
Additionally, the Mets recently met with free agent backstop, but did not want to lose the requisite compensatory draft pick since he turned down a qualifying offer from the .
After missing most of 2017 due to injury, Ramos, 31, split 2018 between theand , slashing .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs in 111 games.
He should get the bulk of the reps behind the plate for the Mets in 2019, though, , and are all in the running to serve as his back up.
By adding Ramos, the Mets are poised to open the season with something resembling the following lineup:
Outfieldershould return to the team following heel surgery at some point next year, while could figure in at first base.
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