The Miami Marlins have traded closer A.J. Ramos to the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Merandy Gonzalez and OF Ricardo Cespedes.
Even though they are out of the playoff hunt, the Mets acquire a good reliever in Ramos who is under contract through 2018. They also plan to trade closer Addison Reed in the near future. Ramos can rack up saves in the big apple. He can be huge for them if they are successful in 2018.
Ramos, 30, has a 3.63 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 20 saves and 47 strikeouts in 39.2 innings this year. In his six year MLB career, all for the Marlins, Ramos has a 2.78 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 92 saves and 379 in 327.1 innings.
As sellers, the Marlins are trading their veterans, they get some value out of Ramos. Gonzalez was the Mets 9th best prospect, and Cespedes was their 22nd. They both have a very high ceiling, but are low leveled.
Gonzalez, 22, has a 1.78 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 89 strikeouts in 106 innings this year in Single-A and High-A. In his minor league career, Gonzalez has a 2.58 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 300 strikeouts in 342.1 innings.
Cespedes, 19, has a .255 batting average, one homer, one steal and 15 RBIs in 108 Plate Appearances in rookie ball, Low-A and Single-A. In his minor league career, Cespedes has a .272 bating average, two homers, 63 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 769 Plate Appearances.
I think it\’s an even trade. The Marlins get two big prospects, and the Mets get an MLB closer. So, everybody wins.
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