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Bill Ladson

Nationals avoid arbitration with Ramos

Nationals avoid arbitration with Ramos

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to terms on a deal with catcher Wilson Ramos on Wednesday afternoon, avoiding arbitration. Ramos is expected to make a reported $5.35 million, according to ESPN.

Ramos stayed healthy all season in 2015 and was a Gold Glove finalist. He caught two no-hitters -- both from Max Scherzer -- while leading National League catchers with a career-best 44.4 caught-stealing percentage, throwing out 24 of 54 potential basestealers.

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According to FanGraphs.com, Ramos led NL catchers in Defensive Runs Above Average (11.2) and was tied for first with San Francisco's Buster Posey in Defensive Runs Saved (9). He ranked second, behind Posey, in SABR's defensive index (8.6).

Offensively, Ramos had a season he would like to improve on, hitting .229 with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.