“It was his handshake [b][url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-asdrubal-cabrera-jersey]Asdrubal Cabrera Jersey[/url][/b] ,” new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen recalled Tuesday at the catcher’s introductory news conference. “As some of you may get to know, this guy has really big, strong, strong mitts here for hands.”Ramos agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract, the fourth All-Star to join the Mets since Van Wagenen was hired in late October. New York acquired second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from Seattle and brought back former closer Jeurys Familia as a setup man.“Internally, we would argue that we’re the favorites in the division right now,” Van Wagenen told the team’s SNY network.Ramos commanded the room, according to Van Wagenen, when he met with the GM, manager Mickey Callaway and other New York executives. Ramos looked at home during the Citi Field news conference, wearing a sports shirt and sneakers as he slipped on a Mets jersey with his No. 40 — pitcher Jason Vargas agreed to switch to No. 44. Ramos maintained he has completely recovered from a tore right ACL in September 2016, which delayed his first game of the following season until late June.“Right now I feel 100 percent,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard, training really good in Florida. That made me feel confident to work in every part of my body, not only my knee.”Ramos has a lengthy injury history. His 2012 season ended May 12 when he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee while running after a passed ball. He went on the disabled list twice the following year after straining his left hamstring while running out a grounder. He broke the hamate bone in his left hand when hit by a foul tip on opening day in 2014, which sidelined him until May 7, then missed two weeks that June due to a strained right hamstring.He tore his ACL in 2016 when he landed awkwardly while catching a throw. He missed another month last summer after straining his right hamstring while running on a grounder.“We did a lot of research on his medical file,” Van Wagenen said. “We obviously did a physical examination of him [b][url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tug-mcgraw-jersey]http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey[/url][/b] , and we were able to get really good detailed video of some of his workouts that he was doing this offseason.”Ramos’ arrival could lead New York to giving Travis d’Arnaud some time at first or third base or in left field. New York also may carry three catchers — Kevin Plawecki is out of options.Ramos’ deal includes a $2 million signing bonus payable next July 1, $6.25 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020. The Mets have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $1.5 million buyout. Ramos would earn a $500,000 bonus in each season he has 100 starts at catcher.New York was seeking offense from the right side of the plate in the absence of Yoenis Cespedes, expected to be sidelined for a significant part of the season while recovering from surgery on both heels. Van Wagenen called the 31-year-old Ramos a “guy that can keep us a little bit above water on that side of the plate until Cespedes comes back.”Ramos hit .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.While back in his home nation of Venezuela, Ramos was kidnapped in November 2011 and rescued after two days. He sidestepped a question about whether he and his family needed special security.“I feel comfortable living here in the States,” he said. “My family’s happy and I’m not putting too much attention on that because. … I want to concentrate on my game, on my job.”Van Wagenen said New York still had the flexibility to add payroll. He made an effort to project confidence, reading from prepared remarks.“We haven’t been shy and we haven’t been bashful,” he said. “And this action rather than our inaction should demonstrate to the fans that we say what we do and we do what we say.”Notes: OF Brandon Nimmo attended the news conference. Nimmo, who was in New York for a meeting, said he wasn’t bothered by his name being mentioned as trade bait and didn’t call the Mets to inquire. “There’s so many scenarios that come up in the trade talks that it’s really hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction,” he said. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz is eager to return to his top form from two years ago and forget an injury-shortened year in 2018.The left-hander agreed Wednesday to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to provide depth in their rotation, and the deal includes $3.5 million in possible roster and performance bonuses.Pomeranz is very familiar with the NL West, having pitched for Colorado and San Diego, and also knows the Bay Area. He spent the 2014-15 seasons with Oakland.“The big thing for me was opportunity,” Pomeranz said. “My big thing is getting back on track to doing what I can do and just being myself again because it’s very frustrating when you have to fight through a year where you know this isn’t me, how do I fix this, what I can I do to make this never happen again? In that regard [b][url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-juan-lagares-jersey]Juan Lagares Jersey[/url][/b] , this just felt like a great fit for me.”Pomeranz pitched the past three years with Boston. He won a career-high 17 games for the Red Sox in 2017. But he went 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA last season and was limited to 11 starts and 26 appearances for the World Series champions because of two stints on the disabled list — first with a strained left forearm followed by biceps tendinitis in his pitching arm.He did not pitch in the World Series but was on the roster. If he can stay healthy, the 30-year-old Pomeranz gives the Giants a reliable arm in the rotation after two injury-plagued years by starters Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.Pomeranz will be built up as a starter come spring training next month but also could be used out of the bullpen as needed.“You go back to 2016 and ’17 he was one of the best left-handed starters in baseball, made 30-plus starts both of those years, put up really good numbers,” said Farhan Zaidi, new Giants president of baseball operations. “We value guys who have that flexibility but where we are as a staff with our depth in the bullpen, the need for innings and more of veteran presences on the rotation side, our plan is to bring him to be in the rotation.”Pomeranz began his throwing program earlier this offseason.“It was a battle all year for me,” he said. “There’s zero lack of motivation for me this year. I’ve put in way more time than I have in a long time.”The Giants also re-signed lefty Derek Holland last week for one year and $7 million, so they have depth in the rotation — and that’s something Zaidi appreciates given how many injuries the staff has dealt with recently.While Samardzija’s throwing program “continues to go great,” questions remain about how he will perform initially and how durable he will be. All indications are he will be ready for spring training and the start of the season, but the Giants are being cautious in expecting him to be able to make 32 to 34 starts.“As of now, he’s pretty much on schedule,” Zaidi said.Pomeranz can earn $1.5 million in active roster bonuses: $500,000 for opening day, $250,000 each for 90 and 120 days and $500,000 for 150 days.He also has $500 [b][url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-travis-d_arnaud-jersey]Travis d'Arnaud Jersey[/url][/b] ,000 in innings bonuses: $250,000 each for 25 and 50. And he has $1.5 million in bonuses for starts: $125,000 each for two, four, six and eight; $100,,000 apiece for 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 27 and 30, and $200,000 for 32.“Obviously excited for another fresh start,” Pomeranz said. “Last season for me personally was kind just one of those years where I just had to suck it up and fight through it and know that’s not the normal me, it was just a fluke year kind of deal. I’ve worked really hard this offseason at getting back to where I was the previous years. I feel pretty good about where I’m at right now.”
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