On Thursday evening, the Washington Nationals were able to avoid arbitration with their starting catcher, Wilson Ramos. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and MLB Network tweeted that the deal is worth $3.55 million over one year:
Last season, the 27-year old Ramos played in 88 games, the second most of his Nationals’ career (113 games in 2011), hit .267 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI’s. The $3.55 million that Ramos will be receiving is a tad bit higher than the $3.2 million that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors during the offseason. That being said, he is still making more than he did last year, which was a little under $2.1 million.
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He has been a .268 career hitter over his five years in Washington D.C., but has not driven in more than 59 RBI’s in any single season. His power showed up during the second half of last season as he hit eight of his 11 home runs after the All-Star Break.
Ramos will be receiving an award during this offseason as well. It was announced that he won the 25th annual Tony Conigliaro Award, which goes to a player who has shown courage, determination, and courage. That award will be given to him next Thursday at the Boston BBWAA dinner. Ramos is not eligible to reach free agency until after the 2017 season. With the Nationals settling a deal with Ramos and trading away arbitration-eligible reliever Tyler Clippard to Oakland, the team still has seven players who are arbitration-eligible. The deadline to settle on a deal is Friday. If no deal is reached, the team and player will swap salary figures and have an arbitration hearing.