As the 2018 MLB trade deadline fast approaches, trades are being finalized and the rumor mills are really starting to heat up. The Philadelphia Phillies, linked to a number of players in recent days, are expected to be active as the afternoon rolls along.
Breaking reports on Tuesday afternoon had the Phillies “deep into talks” with the Tampa Bay Rays involving catcher Wilson Ramos. The first rumblings of this item came across Twitter from Yahoo reporter Jeff Passan:
Sources: Phillies and Rays are deep into talks on a deal for Wilson Ramos.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2018
That was followed moments later by MLB Network insider Joel Sherman, who stated that the Phillies are looking to upgrade their defense at both the catcher and shortstop positions:
Wilson Ramos will be traded b4 the deadline, sources say. @Ken_Rosenthal says #Phillies are talking seriously. Heard that Phils are concentrating on defensive upgrades at catcher and SS (TB has Hechavarria too).
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2018
Ramos will turn 31 years old on August 10, and is now in his ninth big league season. He is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury which is not expected to sideline him for long.
Ramos was originally signed as a teenager out of Venezuela by the Minnesota Twins more than a decade ago. He made his MLB debut with Minnesota in 2010, but was traded to the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline that year for reliever Matt Capps.
After parts of seven seasons with the Nationals, Ramos became a free agent. He signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with Tampa Bay on December 12, 2016 and will become a free agent again in the coming off-season.
The Phillies have also been considered as one of the possible destinations for pitcher Chris Archer of Tampa Bay. It is possible that Phillies general manager Matt Klentak will be exploring a price to land a package that includes Archer, Ramos, and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Rays.
Stay tuned here at Phillies Nation all afternoon for any updates on this and/or other Phillies and MLB trade news.