Phillies rumors: 3 backup catchers to trade for at the deadline

MIAMI, FL - JULY 19: Andrew Knapp
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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Jonny Venters #49 is greeted by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays after earning a save in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Jonny Venters #49 is greeted by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays after earning a save in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

. Wilson Ramos. . team. 21. . Tampa Bay Rays

Somewhere along the line, a switch flipped for Wilson Ramos, who spent seven seasons with the Washington Nationals. Now with Tampa Bay at 30 years old, Ramos is among one the better offensive catchers in the league.

Playing 41 games this year Ramos is hitting .310 with six doubles and six home runs for the Ramos, who sit two games below .500. That number will begin to sway as the Rays have already begun their firesale, sending outfielder Denard Span and closer Alex Colome to Seattle for two young pitchers.

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Ramos’ contract does have bonuses based on plate appearances at $250,000 each for 450, 475, and 500 appearances. Being a back up likely means those bonuses won’t kick in, but at his age the Phillies could always extend him and kick that money back in.

Like the other catchers mentioned, Ramos shouldn’t command a lot of return for the Rays unless there’s a bidding war. He’s still relatively young and playing well for a team destined to finish at the bottom of the league.

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An upgrade at the backup catcher spot can clearly be made as Knapp continues to struggle working behind Alfaro. There’s no reason to trade Knapp, as he’s much more valuable as a catcher with major league experience in Lehigh Valley who can catch a big league game in a moment’s notice.

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