Pitchers and catchers reported to Mets spring training on Monday, and Wilson Ramos was there bright and early to gear up for another year behind the plate as the team's starting catcher.
While Ramos will continue to build chemistry with the pitchers he worked with last season, he mentioned how excited he is to work with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha as well. The Mets acquired the two starters that will be battling it out for the fifth rotation spot in camp, and Ramos knows from facing them what they bring to the table.
"Very happy for who we acquired," he said. "Those two veteran pitchers in the rotation, they're really good. I've been facing them before and they throw the ball really good, so I'm very excited to meet with them."
All in all, Ramos is confident in the rotation's ability to be one of the best in baseball once again.
"It's going to be a good rotation. Those guys know how to fight and I will be ready behind the plate to help those guys to win and that's what we need," Ramos explained.
Ramos had good chemistry with most of the pitchers, but there were reports that Noah Syndergaard told team officials that he didn't like throwing to him because the veteran catcher needed to do a better job framing pitches down in the strike zone. That could be the reason why Rene Rivera -- one of Syndergaard's favorites -- is back with the Mets.
Still, Ramos will be sure to work with Syndergaard, as well as the rest of the pitching staff, to try to get those things ironed out.
Ramos spent 141 games behind the dish in his first season with the Mets last year, as he signed a two-year, $19 million deal in free agency. He hit well with a .305 second-half average leading to a total .288/.351/.416 slash line with 14 homers and 73 RBI.
Entering that final year of his short-term deal, Ramos will aim for that type of production in the batter's box again, and it starts now in Port St. Lucie.