When you sign a reclamation project, sometimes it simply doesn’t work out. Other times, maybe you were right to sign him, but you simply don’t have room for him and have to let him go. That’s the case with RHP Ramon Ramirez, who the Rays signed to a minor league deal earlier this month only to release him today, possibly as another major league team prepares to give him a chance.
Ramirez pitched well during his limited time in the Rays organization, managing a 2.84 ERA and a 7-1 strikeout to walk ratio in 6 appearances and 6.2 innings pitched for tthe Triple-A Durham Bulls. On the year, Ramirez has a 3.31 ERA, a 10.7 K/9, a 3.8 BB/9, and a 0.8 HR/9 in 27 appearances and 35.1 innings pitched primarily at the Giants’ and Rays’ Triple-A affiliates. Ramirez was an excellent major league reliever as recently as 2011, when he managed a 2.62 ERA in 66 appearances for the Giants, but a 4.24 ERA with just 1.49-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio with the Mets last year forced him to take a minor league deal with the Giants. Ramirez allowed 7 earned run in 5.2 innings with the Giants to earn his release. But now that Ramirez has seemed to regain his form at Triple-A, maybe an opportunity to see if he can return to dominance at the major league level will be in order from some team in baseball. The Rays could not be that team because Ramirez is several rungs down their relief depth chart. The Rays acquired Jesse Crain from the White Sox at the deadline, and Josh Lueke and Brandon Gomes also rank ahead of him just in terms of their Triple-A relief options. At the end of the day, no harm done for the Rays and Ramirez has to love the way things have worked out if he really is getting to return to the major leagues.