Let's hope Wilson Ramos still has a place to live in Washington D.C. Nearly two years after leaving the Nationals to sign with the Rays, it looks like Ramos might be headed back north.
Tampa Bay has been scouting the Nationals' minor league affiliates with the intention of trading their All-Star catcher Ramos for young assets.
The Rays had two scouts at Class A Potomac games the last couple days, per source. They've been scouting the Nationals' minor league system recently and have a certain all-star catcher on the trade market.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 9, 2018
The world works in mysterious ways. Two years go, Ramos turned down a 3-year, $30 million deal with Washington prior to getting hurt and settling for a shorter deal worth less money in Tampa Bay so he could prove himself to the rest of the league.
After building his value back up to the tune of an All-Star appearance this year, it looks like Tampa Bay is ready to ship Ramos back out. Tampa Bay has never been fond of paying big money for players, regardless of talent level, and they are not about to start now.
The Nationals are learning the hard way that you need more than Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer to win games. Sitting five games back of Philadelphia in the NL East with a 45-44 record, Washington needs help and it looks like Ramos could be a much needed extra bat. For Tampa Bay, Washington could offer young prospects that the Rays could wait a while before handing out a lot of money to.
Ramos is batting .289/.340/.462 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI this year. He has already surpassed his 2017 production as he missed roughly half of that season rehabbing from his knee injury.
Regardless of where he is, Ramos is praying he stays healthy so he can finally cash in on the paycheck he's been waiting years for.