The surprise leaders of the National League East are quietly augmenting their club – and even keeping players away from their rivals.
The Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday acquired catcher Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash considerations, a move that follows the acquisition of versatile infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.
Ramos, however, is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and likely will need to go on a brief rehabilitation assignment before he is activated.
The Phillies began Tuesday with a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, and a 5 ½-game advantage on the Washington Nationals. They already have a capable No. 1 catching option in Jorge Alfaro, a gifted defender who’s batting .254 with a .305 on-base percentage.
In Ramos, who made his second All-Star team this year, they add a more potent offensive force while also preventing the Nationals from acquiring him to shore up their lackluster catching corps. Ramos, who turns 31 on Aug. 10 and is eligible for free agency after this season, is batting .297 with 14 homers and an .834 OPS. His OPS-plus of 132 is significantly better than Alfaro’s 88.