Mariners Release Ramon Ramirez

The Mariners have released right-hander Ramon Ramirez from their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto reports (on Twitter). The 32-year-old Ramirez allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings with the Rainiers prior to his release.

Ramirez has a good deal of Major League success under his belt, as he was a key member of the bullpen for the Royals, Red Sox and Giants from 2008-11 when he posted a combined 2.77 ERA in 279 1/3 innings.

Prior to the 2012 season,┬áhe Giants dealt Ramirez to the Mets along with Andres Torres in exchange for Angel Pagan in what proved to be an ill-fated deal for New York. Ramirez was serviceable in Queens, registering a 4.24 ERA in 63 2/3 innings, but he walked a career-worst 4.9 hitters per nine innings. Last season, Ramirez was back with the Giants but allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. He finished the season with Tampa’s Triple-A affiliate and enjoyed success at the Triple-A level in 2013.

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