As the non-waiver trade deadline approached, one of the most-touted players was former Texas Tech pitcher A.J. Ramos. According to various rumors, the Miami Marlins closer was drawn near to many contending teams like the Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, and others.
Two days away from the deadline A.J. finally found his new home, as division rivals the New York Mets acquired him in exchange for two prospects, right-hander Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes.
It’s not exactly the expected destination for Ramos, as the Mets have the same record as the Marlins and they are expected to be sellers themselves at the deadline, but the move makes plenty of sense for both teams.
The injury-plagued Mets acquire a player who is under control through 2018 and has the potential to form an intimidating bullpen alongside Jeurys Familia and Jerry Blevins. With a starting rotation that includes talented pitchers like Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, and Zach Wheeler, we can imagine them as a strong force in the next season.
If we consider that the team led by Terry Collins is expected to sell its closer A.J. Reed very soon, we can expect A.J. being immediately in the mix to obtain the position.
On the other hand, the Marlins acquire two touted prospects like Cespedes and Gonzales. The latter is the most valuable piece, as he is having an impactful minor league career and was ranked ninth in the Mets farm system.
Ramos played for Texas Tech from 2006 to 2009, he appeared in 57 games (44 starts) with a 16-16 record, and posted a global ERA of 5.53. He was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Marlins.
In this season he appeared in 40 games, posting a solid ERA of 3.63, and obtained 20 saves out of 22 opportunities.