Signing a right-handed hitting catcher with pop gives the Rays an additional right-handed presence to go along with Tommy Pham (and Paul Goldschmidt). In signing a catcher who has power from the right side (and trading for Goldschmidt) they free themselves of the burden of “needing” that right handed impact bat, further allowing themselves to more aggressively pursue a starter (Step 4) to complement Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow.
In my opinion, adding a catcher with October experience will be vital to the Rays going forward as they will rely on youthful starting pitchers who haven’t experienced post season baseball. Wilson Ramos would be a welcome addition back in the Tampa Bay locker room.
Adding Ramos or Grandal to a lineup that already features Pham (and Goldschmidt), gives the Rays more balance throughout their lineup in 2019.
Total Cost: 3 years and 45-50 million sounds about right for Ramos and the asking price should be a bit higher for Grandal.
2019 Cost: At least 15 million.