AJ Ramos to share in relief with Mets, perhaps a home with Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton as well

AJ Ramos to share in relief with Mets, perhaps a home with Yankees\' Giancarlo Stanton as well
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nGiancarlo Stanton and AJ Ramos, former teammates with the Miami Marlins and still close friends, are looking into living together this season now that both play in New York. It would seem to be a convenient arrangement, with one on the road most of the time anyway — except when Stanton and the Yankees face Ramos and the Mets in the Subway Series.

“I’m going to be setting some traps for him. You know, might mess up his sleep a little bit, stuff like that,” Ramos said. “But no, we’re still looking. Nothing set in stone just yet.”

Kuty: “It’s going to be fun watching Gleyber Torres in spring training. He looked completely ready for a Major League job last spring even though he’d never played above A-ball to that point. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has stated several times that the Major League coaching staff campaigned for Torres to be the stand-in for Didi Gregorius last April when Gregorius was on the disabled list. You don’t hear that a lot about prospects slated to start the year in Double-A. I expect Torres to prove himself ready to be the Yankees’ Opening Day starter at second base. But look for Cashman to start him out in Triple-A to shake off whatever rust may remain from missing the second half of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm. After that, I think Torres will get called up and become an impact player for the Yankees.”

At spring training Monday, the Mets’ reliever was asked how you split a grocery bill with a roommate who has a $325 million contract.

Miller: “I want to see what Aaron Boone does with his outfielders. All the starters are back with Aaron Judge in right, Aaron Hicks in center and Brett Gardner in left, and now Giancarlo Stanton is in the mix to DH, play some right and probably play some left. If Hicks struggles, could Gardner see a lot of action in center? What about Jacoby Ellsbury? Can he win back his old starting job in spring training? And what happens if Clint Frazier rakes all spring like he did last July in his first month as a big leaguer? Also, I wonder if Frazier gets traded before Opening Day if he has a good spring. Could that lead to Gardner being moved? And, of course, the Yankees would love, love, love to move Ellsbury, who has $68.4 million (and a full-trade clause contract) left on his seven-year, $153-million contract. Good luck there.”

“Oh, he buys it all. For sure,” Ramos said with a smile. “I’m just playin’. Nah, it’s good times, man.”

Ramos, a 2016 All-Star, was traded by the Marlins to the Mets last July. Stanton was dealt to the Yankees in December as part of Miami’s payroll purge under new ownership.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton hit 59 home runs last year, the most by a major leaguer since 2001, and won the National League MVP award. Now he moves from cavernous Marlins Park into hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, with its familiar short porch in right field.

In either case, it’s clear the Yankees are still thinking about beefing up their rotation. They’re projected to trot out a rotation of Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray, and Jordan Montgomery, with Luis Cessa serving as an emergency option and prospects Domingo German, Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, and Justus Sheffield likely coming into play as the year progresses. That would seem like enough as it is, but the Yankees are presumably hoping to add a veteran so they don’t have to rush a youngster should the need arise.

“I mean, he can get jammed and hit a ball out there. That park is very small,” Ramos said. “He can basically burp a ball out. So I think he’s gonna do pretty good.”

Giancarlo Stanton and AJ Ramos, former teammates with the Miami Marlins and still close friends, are looking into living together this season now that both play in New York. It would seem to be a convenient arrangement, with one on the road most of the time anyway — except when Stanton and the Yankees face Ramos and the Mets in the Subway Series.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mets reliever A.J. Ramos has a plan for Giancarlo Stanton when the longtime Marlins teammates square off as crosstown rivals in 2018. Ramos hopes to share an apartment with Stanton in New York City during the season — they’re still looking at places — and joked that he will use his living situation to his advantage when it comes time to face Stanton and the Yankees.

“I’m going to be setting some traps for him. You know, might mess up his sleep a little bit, stuff like that,” Ramos said. “But no, we’re still looking. Nothing set in stone just yet.”

Giancarlo Stanton, AJ Ramos May Live Together In New York

At spring training Monday, the Mets’ reliever was asked how you split a grocery bill with a roommate who has a $325 million contract.

“That park is very small, so that’s a plus for him,” Ramos said. “He can get jammed and hit a ball out there. You’re going from Miami, where you have to square one up to get one out, to New York where you can basically burp a ball out.”

“Oh, he buys it all. For sure,” Ramos said with a smile. “I’m just playin’. Nah, it’s good times, man.”

Ramos, a 2016 All-Star, was traded by the Marlins to the Mets last July. Stanton was dealt to the Yankees in December as part of Miami’s payroll purge under new ownership.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton hit 59 home runs last year, the most by a major leaguer since 2001, and won the National League MVP award. Now he moves from cavernous Marlins Park into hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, with its familiar short porch in right field.

“I mean, he can get jammed and hit a ball out there. That park is very small,” Ramos said. “He can basically burp a ball out. So I think he’s gonna do pretty good.”


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