Horacio Ramirez Rumors
The Cubs have signed left-hander Horacio Ramirez to a minor league deal, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. The 32-year-old, who has spent the year in independent ball, has been assigned to Triple-A Iowa.
Ramirez posted a 1.96 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 in twelve starts for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League this year. The hurler spent last season with the Angels where he saw nine innings of big league work while posting a 3.96 ERA with 3.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 45 Triple-A outings.
Ramirez, 32, has a 4.65 ERA, a 4.2 K/9 rate and a 3.5 BB/9 rate in 169 games (105 of them starts) over eight seasons with the Braves, Mariners, White Sox, Royals and Angels, making 12 appearances with LAA in 2011. The southpaw threw for scouts two weeks ago but apparently couldn't find any Major League takers.
The Dodgers signed 26-year-old right-hander Hideo Nomo on this date 17 years ago. Armed with an exceptionally deceptive delivery, Nomo struck out 236 batters and was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1995. Here are tonight's links, starting in L.A...
- Michael Heisley, a billionaire who owns the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, is bidding on the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports. The 75-year-old led one of the 11 bids that made it through the first round of cuts, Shaikin writes.
- The Padres have the top farm system in baseball even though they don’t have a top-25 prospect, ESPN.com’s Keith Law writes. The Rays and Blue Jays round out Law’s top three and the White Sox rank 30th.
- Jonathan Papelbon, Prince Fielder and Heath Bell make appearances on Dave Cameron’s list of the ten worst offseason moves at FanGraphs.
- Free agent left-hander Horacio Ramirez will throw in front of scouts in Arizona tomorrow, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. The 32-year-old appeared in 12 games for the Angels last year, spending most of the season with their Triple-A affiliate.
- Marlins officials met with Yoenis Cespedes in Miami today, showing him around the city and providing him with a tour of their new park, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes. Cespedes is currently blocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, though MLB has declared him a free agent.
The Giants signed lefty Horacio Ramirez to a minor league deal, tweets Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ramirez, 30, pitched only 22.6 big league innings for the Royals in 2009 after re-signing for a surprising $1.8MM in December '08. He was designated for assignment in June, and landed with the Nationals' Triple A club. Ramirez made 16 uninspiring starts for Syracuse.
According to the International League transaction wire, the Nationals have signed Horacio Ramirez to the minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Ramirez had a 5.96 ERA in 22.2 IP for the Royals this year before being designated for assignment just over a week ago.
According to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star, the Royals have designated lefthander Horacio Ramirez for assignment to make room on the roster for Luke Hochevar. Ramirez had a 5.96 ERA in 19 appearances for the Royals this year (one start), and Dutton says the Royals hope he can remain with the organization as a starter in Triple-A Omaha.
According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals designated infielder Jason Smith for assignment today to clear roster space for Horacio Ramirez. Another cut is on the way to make room for Kyle Farnsworth.
THURSDAY, 3:31pm: ESPN's Steve Phillips says it's a one-year, $1.8MM deal plus incentives.
WEDNESDAY, 6:45pm: MLB.com's Dick Kaegel learned from Dayton Moore that the Royals reached an agreement with Ramirez on a one-year deal.
5:29pm: According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals are close to signing lefty Horacio Ramirez. He pitched well for them this year before they shipped him to Chicago for minor league outfielder Paulo Orlando. The Royals would give Ramirez a chance to start.
Here's a quick look back at some of the bigger stories on MLBTR over the past week:
- D'Backs ace Dan Haren signed a very affordable extension with the team, which would keep him in Arizona through 2012 with an option for 2013. Great deal for the D'Backs and their fans.
- Brian Giles was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox, which is now believed to have been an effort to block the Rays from acquiring him. Giles blocked the trade to Boston with his no-trade clause.
- The Rockies acquired Livan Hernandez from the Twins. Minnesota won't receive a player in return, but unloads Hernandez's remaining $1.5MM on his contract, as well as his 5.48 ERA. Seems fine to me.
- Fifteen teams watched a throwing session from Freddy Garcia. Here are a few reactions.
- Relievers on the move: The Cubs DFA'ed Scott Eyre, and traded him to the Phillies the next day. The Rays acquired Chad Bradford from the Orioles, and DFA'ed Al Reyes in order to make room for him. In a rare inter-division trade, the Royals traded Horacio Ramirez to the White Sox. Huston Street was claimed, but is staying put.
- Position players on the move: Felipe Lopez signed with the Cardinals, the Mariners released Jose Vidro, and the Marlins signed Paul Lo Duca in addition to claiming Brad Ausmus off waivers. No word on whether or not a deal will be worked out for Ausmus yet.
- A few glimpses into 2009? Rafael Furcal hopes to re-sign with the Dodgers. Bobby Abreu hopes to be wearing Yankee pinstripes again, and the Nationals hope Willie Harris is a part of the organization again as well.
- Tim made a list of waiver trade candidates for both the American League and National League and compiled a list of players who were known to have cleared waivers in 2007. Remember, these are just players who would likely clear waivers, whether because of their talent level or contractual status. Teams often place big-name players on waivers that they have no intention of trading.
On the same night, the White Sox lost and added a pitcher. On the negative side, 36-year-old Jose Contreras ruptured his Achilles' tendon, which could sideline him for the season. On the positive side, they traded for Royals pitcher Horacio Ramirez. In exchange, the White Sox sent minor league outfielder Paul Orlando to Kansas City. David Just of MLB.com suggests that the Sox could use Ramirez as a replacement for Contreras, but since they plan to demote reliever Boone Logan today, they could make another move to recall a starter, leaving Ramirez in the bullpen.
This will be Ramirez's third team this year. He was released in March by the Mariners, who had previously traded Rafael Soriano for him. Despite his agent's claims that seven teams were interested, Ramirez sat on the shelf until mid-May, when the Royals picked him up on a minor league deal. He was promoted a month later, and has posted a 2.57 ERA in 24.1 innings out of the bullpen.