The details of the blockbuster trade talks between the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets have seemingly leaked out in real time, as some names have been taken out of the mix and others were added. Longtime baseball executives will tell you that finishing a deal under those conditions can be really, really difficult, because once the details get out, the collective opinions of fans or talk radio or players can begin to become a factor.
Wilson Ramos, New York Mets reach contract
The deal is pending a physical. Once completed, it will be worth a total of $19 million, according to Fancred.
Ramos, who was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Tampa Bay Rays at July’s trade deadline, is solid defensively and is a proven commodity offensively with a career .273 batting average and 109 home runs.
The 31-year-old veteran, who made $10.5 million in 2018, batted .306 between the Phillies and Rays last season with 15 home runs and 70 RBIs.
Ramos also has been lauded for his veteran presence in the clubhouse and his ability to handle pitching staffs.
The two-time All-Star spent six-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals (2010-16) after breaking into the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 2010. He won a Silver Slugger award in 2016 after belting 22 homers with 80 RBIs and a .307 batting average with the Nationals.
Matt Adams returning to Washington Nationals on one-year deal
The left-handed slugger finished last season with the St. Louis Cardinals after being waived by the Nationals in a salary dump in August.
Adams, 30, hit .239 with 21 home runs for the season, averaging .257 with 18 home runs in 94 games with the Nationals.
He gives the Nationals some left-handed power off the bench and relief for Ryan Zimmerman at first.
In seven seasons with the Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Nationals, he has 96 home runs, 332 RBIs and a .266 average.
Top spenders Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax
NEW YORK — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox owe $11.95 million in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll.
That’s according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2.39 million.
Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it also became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June’s amateur draft will be dropped 10 places.
Boston’s top pick had been projected to be No. 33 overall before the penalty.
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