Ramos signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday that includes an invite to major league spring training. Ramos appeared in 65 games as a reliever with the Angels in 2015, compiling a 2.75 ERA with a 2.87 K:BB ratio. However, according to the Rangers, he will be given a chance to prove himself as a starter when spring training gets underway.
The Angels declined to tender Ramos a contract for 2016, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Of all of Wednesday's non-tenders, Ramos' is the only one that does not seem to make much sense, as he managed a 2.75 ERA in 65 appearances last season and was only due about $1.7 million through the arbitration process. However, the Angels are apparently content with their other lefty options out of the bullpen, so Ramos will hit the open market. He figure to land a major-league deal from another club.
Angels relievers Fernando Salas, Cesar Ramos, Vinnie Pestano and Mike Morin all had poor outings in Thursday night's 9-2 loss to the Athletics. After Jered Weaver went six innings and gave up one run, Salas put runners on first and third to start the seventh. Ramos came in and immediately gave up an RBI single to Stephen Vogt. Pestano then took over and immediately threw a wild pitch that scored a runner. He then gave up a homer to Billy Butler and later gave up an RBI single to Brett Lawrie. Salas was credited with the loss. He's now 0-1 this season. Morin then allowed three runs in the eighth inning.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has enjoyed strong performances from left-handed relievers Cesar Ramos and Jose Alvarez early in the season, with the pair combining to limit lefties to one hit in seven at-bats while striking out four, MLB.com reports. "If you have versatility and you have balance, it does create depth," Scioscia said Monday. "We can use guys in different situations, different roles, and hopefully keep them fresh and get the results we need." Scioscia brought Ramos into a two-run game win one out and one on in the seventh inning Monday, as three left-handed hitters were due to bat. Ramos retired the first two men he faced to turn the game over to setup man Joe Smith in the team's eventual 6-3 win.
The Angels struggled in 2014 to find consistency in the bullpen filling the roles of long reliever and lefty specialist, per The Orange County Register. However, the team believes they might have found one player -- Cesar Ramos -- to fill both roles in 2015. "His best role is to match up against a lefty," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He spins the ball well, but he can give you multiple innings."