The Washington Nationals would like Wilson Ramos to play 120 games. He may very well do that and if he did it would be a big boast to the Nationals chances to contend for a division title, but most signs point to it being a long shot. Wilson Ramos has dealt with a variety of leg injuries over the last couple seasons and has combined for 103 games in 2012 and 2013. The only season Wilson Ramos played at least 120 games was in 2008 in the Florida State League. Beyond Wilson Ramos' history with injuries playing 120 games is rare for a major league catcher. Of NL catchers only Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, Jonathon Lucroy, and Russel Martin started over 120 games at catcher.
With all that laid on the table the fact remains that the Nationals could use a veteran back-up catcher. As of right now Jhonatan Solano, Sandy Leon, and Chris Snyder are set to battle it out in Spring Training for the Nationals back-up role. None of them have impressive major league stats over the last couple seasons and while back-up catcher is primarily a defensive position the injury risk that comes with Wilson Ramos means the Nationals could use a catcher with a bit of offensive firepower, and that is where John Buck comes in.Read More