New York Mets

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: A.J. Ramos

The 31-year old set-up man will likely be the man who bridges the ninth to Jeurys Familia. He was acquired from the Miami Marlins for RHP Merandy Gonzalez and CF Ricardo Cespedes

Before he came to the New York Mets, A.J. Ramos was drafted by the Marlins in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Texas Tech University. After four very strong years in the minors he made his Marlins debut in 2012. He only pitched 9.1 innings and allowed four runs.

Ramos in his Miami Marlins Years

Ramos had a breakout year in 2013 as he pitched 80 innings and has a 3.15 ERA which established his role as their set-up man. His 2014 was even better where he had a perfect 7-0 record and a 2.11 ERA in 68 games. He earned the closer role in 2015 and did not skip a beat. He pitched in 71 games, had a 2.30 ERA and was ninth in the NL with 32 saves.

2016 was his best year of his career, he had a 2.81 ERA in 67 games and had 40 saves which was good for fourth in the NL. Ramos also earned his only All-Star selection of his career. The Marlins had high hopes for Ramos in 2017 but he had a 3.63 ERA and 20 saves before he was traded to the Mets. After trading Addison Reed and with Familia’s health in question the Mets needed a better arm in the bullpen which is why they acquired Ramos.

As a Met, Ramos struggled a little bit with a 4.74 ERA in the 19 innings he pitched. Ramos is expected to rebound and be a huge part of a revamped Mets’ bullpen. He is a free agent after the season so if the team is out of contention he will likely be a trade piece at the trade deadline. In Spring Training, he has struggled in his last two outings but strung together a few strong outings before that. Overall Ramos looks good to go for the season and will be a huge part of the Mets bullpen.

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