Rays Release Ramon Ramirez

Rays right-hander Ramon Ramirez has been granted his release from Triple-A Durham, the team announced on Twitter. The 31-year-old veteran had signed a minor league deal with Tampa Bay back on July 1 after being designated for assignment by the Giants in mid-June.

Ramirez allowed seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings with the Giants this year but excelled as a setup man from 2008-12, posting a 3.04 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 343 innings with the Royals, Red Sox, Giants and Mets. He's enjoyed a strong season in the minors in 2013, compiling a 3.31 ERA with 10.7 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 35 1/3 innings between the Giants and Rays organizations.

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