As any fortune teller could have predicted, the Nationals did not extend a qualifying offer to catcher Wilson Ramos, thus making him a free agent for the 2017 season. The Nats had until 5pm yesterday to make the offer, and that deadline passed without the phone ringing in the Ramos household.

I’m very sad to see Wilson leave the team. He’s been a fantastic player for us, both behind the plate and, with his laser vision surgery this year, an amazing bat. Wilson has also suffered the slings and arrows of life’s misfortunes more than the average player. He was kidnapped in his native Venezuela during the 2011 offseason, and even though he was safely rescued, that had to have been a traumatic experience. In 2012 he tore his ACL, and he tore the same ACL as the 2016 season came to a close, removing him from postseason play.

Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo said earlier that the organization wanted to have a “full medical survey” on Ramos before making a decision, and I’m guessing that the front office had all the information they needed before pulling the trigger. Even had the Nats extended a qualifying offer to Ramos, he wouldn’t have been ready to play until May or June of 2017, and his presence behind the plate as a catcher would have been limited at best. It’s highly unlikely that a man with surgery on the same torn ACL would be able to squat for 3+ hours on a regular basis. Unfortunately the National League doesn’t have a designated hitter spot. Hopefully Wilson can find a spot on an AL team that needs a bat. I’ll truly miss yelling “Wilson!” as he comes up to bat. What a classy guy.ramos