Ramirez was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. After getting designated for assignment earlier in the week, he will officially head to Triple-A. Now that he is no longer on the 40-man roster, Ramirez may spend the rest of the year in the minors.
Ramirez was designated for assignment by Boston on Friday. Ramirez's contract was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, but after just one appearance (in which he allowed four runs in three innings) he's been removed from not just the 25-man roster but the 40-man roster as well. After recording a 6.50 ERA in 10 starts for the Mariners last season, it's not guaranteed that he'll generate much interest on the waiver wire.
Ramirez's contract was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Ramirez has a mediocre 4.36 ERA in seven big-league seasons. He was particularly poor last year, getting knocked around for a 6.50 ERA in 10 starts with the Mariners. He'll fill a bullpen role in Boston, taking the spot vacated by Marcus Walden after Walden was optioned Monday.
The Red Sox reassigned Ramirez to their minor-league camp Monday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. After working primarily as a starting pitcher since reaching the big leagues in 2012, Ramirez was competing for a bullpen role with the Red Sox in spring training. The right-hander racked up 12 strikeouts over 10 innings this spring, but surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits (including three home runs) and one walk. Given his extensive big-league experience the past several seasons, Ramirez could request a release from the Red Sox rather than reporting to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Ramirez is expected to sign a minor-league deal with the Red Sox on Monday, an agreement which includes an invitation to spring training, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. Ramirez spent 2018 with the Mariners, starting 10 games and posting an ugly 6.50 ERA. His chances of making Boston's roster may be greater as a reliever. For his career, the 28-year-old has a 4.46 ERA as a starter and a 4.04 ERA out of the bullpen.