Ramirez made San Francisco's Opening Day roster, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A solid spring performance filled with strikeouts earned Ramirez a spot in the Giants' bullpen. Although it's unlikely that he'll see many high-leverage situations at the start of the season, Ramirez could move into a setup role if he continues pitching like he did in the Cactus League. Over 11 games (11.1 innings) he allowed four runs and notched 19 strikeouts.
Ramirez intends to opt out of his contract if the Giants don't add him to their roster, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. At his best, Ramirez has proven to be an exceptional reliever, as was the case in 2014 when he posted a 1.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 50 games (43.2 innings). However, as of late he's been anything but dominant. In 2016 he was taken for a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP across a mere 24 innings. Having allowed four runs and struck out 16 batters over 9.2 innings this spring, he's certainly shown improvement, but whether or not he's deemed worthy of a roster spot remains to be seen.
Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the Giants on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Ramirez spent 2016 as a member of three different bullpens, but saw little to no success in any of them. His strikeout rates have always been strong (career 10.1 K/9), but his lack of control and propensity to give up the long ball could keep him from landing a spot in San Francisco's bullpen if those woes carry over from last season.
Ramirez was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester Ramirez was removed from the 40-man roster as a result. He struggled with the Twins after he was claimed by the Twins from the Brewers in June with a 6.14 ERA and 10 walks and 11 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.
Ramirez was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Sunday. Ramirez logged just two appearances with Milwaukee, and in his most recent one, surrendered two long balls to the Phillies. This led to the right-hander getting designated for assignment, but it took less than four days for the reliever to find a new home. Even in the shaky Minnesota bullpen, look for Ramirez to serve in middle relief.
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