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If the Rays are going nowhere, Wilson Ramos probably will be.

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I don’t often lead with an article behind the pay wall, but the most Rasy thing written on the offday was Matthew Trueblood’s examination of Wilson Ramos, as a potentially very attractive in-season trade target. Ramos hasn’t hit yet this year (he will eventually), but he’s been a good defender, in terms of his throwing from behind the plate. And as Trueblood notes, his pitch framing has also been excellent, returning to form in his second year after knee surgery. To quote:

Framing is one of the very first skills we can properly assess each April. The sheer sample size involved, being so much larger than it is for any other individual statistic at this stage, really helps. In this case, the numbers say that Ramos (who had an average season as a framer in 2017, but was among the league’s best at it in 2015 and 2016) is back on top of his game.

In the article, Trueblood has some ideas about who might be in the market for Ramos.

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