4:30 PM: The Angels have an agreement in place to sign Ramirez, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). It is not expected to be a Major League deal, adds the Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya (via Twitter).
1:14 PM: Ramirez and the Angels are in talks, and a source tells FanSided’s Robert Murray that a reunion seems “highly likely” between the two sides.
MARCH 27: The Reds have released reliever Noé Ramirez. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Athletic (Twitter link) reported the move shortly before the team’s official announcement. The move drops Cincinnati’s 40-man roster count to 39.
Ramirez came over from the Angels in this offseason’s Raisel Iglesias trade. It was apparent at the time that move was motivated by a desire to shed Iglesias’ $9.125MM salary; releasing Ramirez only reinforces that. Cincinnati did also acquire infield prospect Leo Rivas as a player to be named later in the deal.
It was a difficult spring for Ramirez, who allowed eleven runs (six earned) in six innings with four strikeouts and walks apiece. Before that rough showing in exhibition play, Ramirez looked to have settled in as a competent if unexciting middle reliever. He tossed a 3.00 ERA/5.21 SIERA with poor strikeout and walk rates (16.5% and 10.6%, respectively) over 21 innings for Los Angeles last year.
Ramirez and the Reds agreed to a $1.175MM salary to avoid arbitration over the winter. Unlike most MLB deals, arbitration contracts usually aren’t fully guaranteed. Players released in the second half Spring Training typically receive 45 days termination pay at their prorated salary, around $282K in Ramirez’s case. Assuming he clears release waivers, Ramirez will be free to sign with any other team.