Newly-acquired Mets reliever AJ Ramos admitted he was surprised when New York acquired him from the Miami Marlins via trade Friday, but said he is looking forward to spending the rest of this season and next season as a Met.
"I am just looking forward to the baseball stuff. All the other stuff is just talk and this and that," Ramos said prior to his Mets debut on Sunday, according to NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt. "I am ready to go out there and play a game that is still the same as in Miami and anywhere else. I am going to go out there and play and get that started and all the other stuff doesn't really matter as much."
Ramos, who is under team control for the rest of this season and for 2018, gave up two runs, two hits, one walk and threw two wild pitches in his first outing as a Met in Sunday's 9-1 loss. He allowed a run to score on Neil Walker's throwing error on a fielder's choice, then gave up an RBI single to Danny Espinosa that gave Seattle a 9-0 lead.
The 30-year-old Ramos said he was aware of his name being mentioned in trade rumors but said he did a double-take when he found out the Mets acquired him.
"I wasn't surprised about the trade, but coming here, yeah, I was surprised," Ramos said. "I heard different teams and I didn't hear the Mets at all. When they told me I had to ask, 'Wait, are you sure?' They said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'Alright, let's go.'"
Ramos said he was aware of the team's injury woes, especially to its pitching staff, and knew that this was a deal that was made with longer-term implications.
"We have a lot players here, some great starting pitching, good chemistry," said Ramos, who took Josh Edgin's spot on the active roster on Sunday. "There are a lot of injuries that happened early this year. So, I know that. And I know that we're not far off from competing and the playoffs so, just looking to try to help that, add to that."
Ramos had 20 saves, a 3.63 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings in 40 outings with the Marlins prior to being dealt in exchange for minor league RHP Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes, ranked 14th and 23rd, respectively, on Baseball America's organizational preseason prospect list.
While the Mets are likely to try to trade reliever Addison Reed prior to Monday's trade deadline, they have not discussed what Ramos' role out of the bullpen will be whether Reed is dealt or not.
"I am just focusing on whenever I pitch to get outs, to do my job," Ramos said. "I can't control any of that stuff. With the trade stuff, I made sure to focus on my routine and what I had to do that day. ... When my name is called to pitch, I am going to go ahead and go out there and do the best job I can and let it all it. All the other stuff will figure itself out. Just focusing on today and see how it goes."