WASHINGTON – Only 12 catchers in the entire baseball area with at least 300 record appearances last season were good enough to score league average (a wRC + of 100 or better). The Nationals now have two of these players in their squad.
Washington acquired Yan Gome's Yan Gomes on Friday night, completing his second pull in the off-season to improve behind the record. In return for Gomes, the Nats sent out fullback Daniel Johnson –   the club who was judged by MLB Pipeline ̵
WASHINGTON – Only 12 catchers in the entire baseball squad with at least 300 record appearances last season were good enough to score league-average goals (a wRC + of 100 or better). The Nationals now have two of these players in their squad.
Washington acquired Yan Gome's Yan Gomes on Friday night, completing his second pull in the off-season to improve behind the record. In return for Gomes, the Nats sent out fullback Daniel Johnson –   the club who was judged by MLB Pipeline – right-handed Jefry Rodriguez – and a player to be named later to Cleveland ,
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Commerce comes about two weeks after relatives had signed the Free Agent Catcher by Kurt Suzuki to a two-year contract of about $ 10 million, making her an impressive duo in a position that has left for a free agency since Wilson Ramos . In 2016, the Nationals catchers ranked 27th in the MLB with a final week of 64 wRC + and a combination of 0.5 Wins Above Replacement ranked 24th, according to Fangraphs. Instead of relying on one player for one To leave the upgrade, the Nats will rely on a combination of Gomes and Suzuki.
The 31-year-old Gomes comes from a resurgent 2018 season in which he won the All-Star Team of the American League for the first time. He scored an OPS with a total of .762 and a career best of 26 doubles, 16 home runs and 2.2 WAR, the seventh place in the MLB. Although he has experienced some ups and downs throughout his career, Gomes brings the much-needed defense value to Washington. Last season, he was ranked 15th in the framing series and has thrown out 32.8 percent of all possible basestealers in the past two seasons, seventh best in the MLB.
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Gomes will be with $ 9 million team option for 2020 this year and a team option of $ 11 million for & # 39; 21 are under the control of the team. This is the kind of contract flexibility the Nationals put in a deal. The Nationals had to part with a pair of promising players in their organization.
Johnson, a left-wing outfielder with a combination of speed and power, won the 2017 Minor League Player of the Year award for the team. Last season at Double – In Harrisburg he fought 267/321 / .410 with six homers and 21 stolen bases. However, most ratings have ranked Johnson as the future fourth outfielder in the majors, and Outfield is one of the deepest positions in the organization.
Rodriguez completed 14 games (eight starts) in his major league premiere last season, and overall numbers are rough (5.71 ERA). He showed signs of improvement towards the end of the season. He would have applied for a place in the team rotation next season, although some around the team indicated he might be the one to help in the future.
But trapping may have been the nation's most blatant need to enter this offseason, and now they're talking to two players who should make a massive upgrade next season.
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