The Tigers announced Tuesday that they’ve signed free-agent righty Erasmo Ramirez to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.
A veteran of nine MLB seasons, Ramirez returns to the American League after a one-year sojourn in the NL with the Mets. Ramirez signed a minors deal with New York last year and ended up appearing in six games for the club, posting an 0.63 ERA over 14 1/3 innings but with only a 17K% and 9.4K-BB%.
Ramirez has worked as a swingman for much of his career and was a full-time starter as recently as 2018 when pitching for the Mariners, though he did struggle over those 10 starts. The 30-year-old could be used as a potential depth option in Detroit’s rotation, adding to the experienced starters (Matt Boyd, Michael Fulmer, and the recently acquired Jose Urena) the Tigers already have on hand. Given how several of Detroit’s top pitching prospects could be worked into the mix at some point in 2021, there will be quite a juggle for innings in managing these younger arms and in stretching everyone back out for a fuller season after the abbreviated 2020 campaign.