The LA Angels have not been a huge part of the MLB offseason so far. However, they could finally be in on a big time name in Wilson Ramos.
Wilson Ramos and the LA Angels have been an obvious connection since the offseason began, and maybe even earlier. Catchers for the Halos last year were among the worst offensively in the game, and with only Jose Briceno and Kevan Smith (who does offer upside) on the roster, an upgrade is needed.
Now, reports have surfaced that after striking out on most their endeavors thus far, the Angels are treating Ramos are their “primary target”, per Jerry Crasnick. This comes after the Angels general manager, Billy Eppler, told reporters they were going to “go for a touchdown” at Winter Meetings.
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So it appears that while Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are out of the Angels’ reach (maybe?), they are still active on the free agent and trade markets. They signed first baseman Justin Bour on Wednesday, and while that was a nice value signing, Ramos should get Angels fans much more excited.
The market for catchers has been relatively slow-moving, with most news regarding the position coming out about Miami Marlins star J.T Realmuto and possible trades for his services.
However, while they have yet to sign or trade for one, the Angels are doing their due diligence looking for exterior catching help. Ramos is one of the best offensive catchers in the game, and would solve the Angels’ problems regarding their offensive ineptitude from the position, while also providing a huge boost to the bottom half of their lineup.
Ramos has also had interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Angels may have the upper hand on their Freeway Series rival. The Dodgers are reportedly hoping for a one-year deal from Ramos to serve as a stop-gap until their young catchers are ready to take over the job. The Angels, however, could offer a multi-year to Ramos as they need his services for 2-3 years.
Though the offseason has been slow for the Angels so far, this could be the first of a string of big moves for Billy Eppler and Co. as they head into 2019. Ramos is one of the best hitting catchers in the game, and could be a huge boost to an Angels lineup in desperate need.