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3 new potential backup catchers for the Chicago White Sox

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 30: Catcher Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Los Angeles Angels catches in the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 30, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 30: Catcher Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Los Angeles Angels catches in the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 30, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Wilson Ramos
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Willson Ramos

Wilson Ramos would make a solid addition to the 2022 Chicago White Sox.

Wilson Ramos is a grizzled 12-year vet who would provide a steady hand behind the plate. He has appeared on seven different teams during his 12-year span in the show. During that time, Ramos has made two-time All-Star teams and took home the Silver Slugger in 2017 with the Washington Nationals. For most of the previous decade, he was one of the best offensive catchers in baseball.

His numbers have been taking a steady dip since 2018. He batted .308 with the Rays and Phillies before taking his talents to Queens to play with the Mets. He hit .288 in his first season in New York but his average plummeted to .239 in the shortened 60-game COVID season. In 2021 he split time between two of the White Sox division rivals, the Tigers and Indians, and hit a combined .205.

While those numbers look similar to Zavala’s and Collins some context is needed. Ramos had almost no lineup support around him then dealt with back issues. A lumbar spine strain kept him out of the lineup for more than a month. After being released by the Tigers shortly after he signed with Cleveland but tore his ACL in August.

What a healthy Ramos can provide the White Sox is over 3,700 plate appearances and 7,880 innings of experience. He is 34 years old with plenty of mileage but he wouldn’t have to carry the bulk of the workload with the White Sox. He knows how to handle a pitching staff and is familiar with the division. He could provide some positive intel on the Tigers and Guardians at the bare minimum.

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