From Strike3LA News Services
After weeks of speculation and talks, Florida Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto won’t be taking his talents from South Florida to Queens. Instead, the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract (pending a physical) with veteran catcher Wilson “The Buffalo” Ramos, who tortured them for a long time as a member of the rival Nationals and still is just 31. Multiple sources confirmed the signing, which was first reported by Venezuelan journalist Daniel Alvarez Montes.
The signing of Ramos, a right-handed hitter, indicates the Mets will almost certainly hold onto their young core players — Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Amed Rosario and Noah Syndergaard — as they try to go all-in on 2019 and have been the busiest MLB team so far this offseason. All of those players’ names came up — Syndergaard’s, particularly, in three-way trade scenarios — as the Mets tried fervently to acquire Realmuto, who has two years of control left before free agency. Ultimately, the Mets determined Miami’s ask for Realmuto, a package topped by two high-ceiling, controllable players, to be too high. All along, the industry belief has been the Marlins preferred to trade Realmuto out of the NL East, and the Mets, Nationals and Braves all have filled catching voids this offseason. (- NY Post)
NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez took a bite out of the Big Apple in his Madison Square Garden debut, and took a huge chunk of Rocky Fielding’s body along with it.
Alvarez, the unified middleweight champion, successfully moved up to 168 pounds in this one-off attraction and brutalized Fielding en route to a third-round TKO to claim the WBA “regular” super middleweight title.
With an onslaught focused almost exclusively on the body, Alvarez scored four knockdowns in all — all four on left hooks downstairs — to the delight of a pro-Mexican sellout crowd of 20,112. The bout served as the first in Alvarez’s 11-fight, $365 million deal with streaming app DAZN which pulled North America’s pay-per-view king off of the platform.
Despite a five-inch advantage in both reach and height, Fielding (27-2, 15 KOs) lacked both the power and speed to land anything of consequence on Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs), who connected to the body on 35 of his 73 total shots landed, according to CompuBox.