Let’s catch up on some recent minor league transactions, all from Baseball America’s Matt Eddy unless otherwise noted.
- The Reds announced the signing of right-hander J.C. Ramirez to a minor league contract earlier this month. Ramirez posted a 5.32 ERA over 23 2/3 innings with the Diamondbacks and Mariners in 2015, and he was outrighted by the M’s after the season.
- The Athletics signed left-hander Eric Surkamp to a minors deal. Surkamp pitched in just one MLB game in 2015, a 3 1/3 inning relief stint for the Dodgers. He has a 6.47 ERA over 57 innings with the Dodgers, White Sox and Giants in a career that was slowed by missing all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery.
- The Giants signed infielder Ramiro Pena to a minors contract. Pena hit .244/.288/.330 over 610 PA as a utilityman with the Yankees and Braves from 2009-2014, and he spent 2015 with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate.
- The Angels signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ramirez to a minor league contract. Ramirez threw at least 63 2/3 innings in all but one season from 2006 through 2012, soaking up innings as a bullpen workhorse and posting a 3.32 ERA over 428 frames for five different clubs in that span. After being dealt to the Giants at the 2010 trade deadline, Ramirez posted an 0.67 ERA in 27 relief innings to help San Francisco reach the postseason in what ended up as a World Series championship year. Ramirez has pitched just 6 2/3 Major League innings over the last three seasons, however, and he spent 2015 in the Mexican League.
- The Indians signed righty Felipe Paulino to a minors deal. Paulino posted a 4.93 ERA, 7.2 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 over 104 innings with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate. The 32-year-old looked to have turned a corner as a Major Leaguer after joining the Royals in 2011 and he got off a hot start in K.C.’s rotation in 2012 before injuries forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery. He last appeared in the majors in 2014 as a member of the White Sox, and he has 403 2/3 career innings over six years in the bigs.
I seen Paulino bat maybe it’s a little late but that guy can bat
Tim Salmon rules
In a related story, Billy Eppler admits to being a fan of Eastbound and Down. Why else would he sign a relief pitcher out of the Mexican leagues.