Nationals: 3 former players Washington should avoid signing

Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Washington Nationals during game 1 of a double header at Nationals Park on September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Washington Nationals during game 1 of a double header at Nationals Park on September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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Wilson Ramos has been slowed over the years and the Washington Nationals should avoid signing him.
Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 04, 2020 in New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Wilson Ramos

The best catcher in Washington Nationals history is now a free agent after spending the last two years with the New York Mets.

When Kurt Suzuki hit free agency in his own right, this opened up a possible return for Wilson Ramos. The Buffalo spent seven years in the District and established himself as an All-Star catcher (2016). That season he set career highs in many offensive categories and also earned a Silver Slugger Award.

Ramos torn his ACL in September of the 2016 season, putting a damper on the Nationals postseaon plans and sending Wilson into free agency a huge medical concern.

While Ramos can still produce (hit .288 in 141 games in 2019) he just turned 33 and has slowed greatly (he never was fleet of foot). Wherever he signs he will clog up the base paths and ground into a high number of double plays.

On the defensive side of things, Ramos throws out 27% of attempted base stealers for his career. He would be familiar with the some of the pitchers on the Nationals staff and fans would love to reminisce about the the prime years of Ramos’ career.

This reunion should not happen, though.

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