A trade within a division is not very common, but that’s exactly what happened in tonight’s A.J. Ramos to New York deal. The Marlins plan on selling a few of their assets at this year’s trade deadline, and they started that process by moving A.J. Ramos to the New York Mets.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2017
This move may be puzzling for many Mets fans, as they were prepared to watch their team sell some at this deadline, which they did yesterday by moving Lucas Duda to the Rays. But their plan, according to sources, is to trade Addison Reed, and have Ramos/Blevins set up CP Jeurys Familia in 2018.
Ramos is 30 years old, but only in his sixth major league season. He made the National League All-Star Team in 2016. His numbers have been a bit down this year in comparison to last year. He is 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA this year. But he still has good value, and this was a very solid return for the Marlins on this deal.
In the deal, the Marlins got the Mets No. 9 prospect RHP Merandy Gonzalez and their No. 22 prospect OF Ricardo Cespedes (a different Cespedes). I tweeted their numbers earlier, so it is easier to just attach what I said about the two prospects, as this is a very busy time of the year for me.
Gonzalez (A + High-A): 12-3, 1.78 ERA, 106 IP, 89 K, 0.98 WHIP, OPP AVG: .212
Cespedes: .255/.283/.294, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 26 H, 102 AB https://t.co/0efw0lTcUV
— Ethan (@EthanCarterSP) July 29, 2017
More trade news/rumors and talk to come. We will keep you posted on all the upcoming deals leading up to the trade deadline.