The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox would make strange bedfellows. Would the Rays consider trading Wilson Ramos to Boston?
Call it a bad break for the Red Sox. Their catching game took a hit yesterday with Christian Vazquez going down with a broken pinky finger. With that in mind, the Red Sox will most likely be working the phones to see what alternatives are available. J.T. Realmuto and the Miami Marlins will probably be option A. But Wilson Ramos would stand a close second.
Before we get too deep in this possibility, can you imagine Ramos being voted into the 2018 All Star Game and make the start wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform? That would sting.
The Rays are going to trade Wilson Ramos. I’m convinced of that. But where? I’d consider the Washington Nationals the front-runners. Bringing him back to DC would give the Nationals a big boost as they make a second-half run. But, Boston’s stroke of bad luck yesterday will make them eager to strike a deal as well. All of this puts the Rays in a pretty good position to get a decent return.
What can a team get for a Buffalo? Any Red Sox fans with offers?
Let’s face it. The injury to Christian Vazquez raised the value of Wilson Ramos and any other catcher on the trade market. No, Ramos is not going to bring an elite prospect. As much as we’d like the Nats to send Victor Robles our way, it’s not going to happen. But, he should be worth one or two legitimate building blocks for this Rays team. I’ll just raise my hand right now and suggest the Rays don’t need a second baseman.
As for this season, I would think the Rays will be content giving Jesus Sucre more starts. He could split time with Nick Ciuffo for the rest of this season. They won’t cover the offense lost by trading Ramos. But, they wouldn’t embarrass the Rays either. After all, Ramos might be the first legitimate catcher the Rays have had. Ever. Toby Hall, John Flaherty, Navi. They were adequate too. But, Ramos is a step above.
Unless the Rays are going to surprise everyone and open up the check book for Wilson Ramos, he should go in the next few weeks. Do I think he’ll go to Boston? No. The Rays don’t typically trade within in the division. My guess is still that he ends up in Washington. I just hope the Rays get another arm or two ready or nearly ready to pitch in the majors.