1 – Minnesota Twins send Wilson Ramos to D.C. (2010)
Taking home the crown in best ever Washington Nationals deadline trade is the acquisition of Wilson Ramos. It was a key trade in building the Nats team that dominated for years.
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Coming off of back-to-back 100 loss seasons, the Nationals were in full-blown rebuild mode. They were looking to trade away everything that wasn’t nailed down long-term at Nats Park.
Matt Capps, who the Minnesota Twins acquired in the trade was having an All-Star campaign in the nation’s capital. He had a 2.74 ERA and was 26 of 30 in 30 save chances.
The Twins had Jon Rauch closing games at that point. He was a good reliever, but they needed a proven guy at the backend, and Capps was exactly what they needed.
Ramos, on the other hand, was an up and coming catcher in the Twins system that didn’t have the easiest route to a starting role. Joe Mauer was still getting the majority of starts at catcher back then, so it made sense for them to trade the young Venezuelan.
Eight years later The Buffalo, as he’s now affectionately known as in The District, solidified the catcher position for years with the team. Over his Nats career, he managed to post a 10.4 WAR with a .268 batting average, 83 homers, and a .744 OPS.
He also caught three Nationals no-hitters, helping Jordan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer achieve history. Ramos will forever be remembered among the D.C. baseball community for the right reasons and is more than worthy of the top spot in this list.
It will certainly be interesting to see what Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals do at this year’s trade deadline. There are arguments to buy or sell, so we’ll see which way the franchise goes.