The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have released right-handed reliever Noé Ramirez. Over the winter Ramirez was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels along with minor leaguer Leonardo Rivas in a trade that sent Raisel Iglesias to the west coast. At the time the deal was viewed as a salary dump by most in the industry, but Ramirez wasn’t entirely someone to write off. He had posted a 3.99 ERA in 2019 and a 3.00 ERA in 2020, though his strikeout rate took a huge hit in 2020.
This spring things weren’t quite going well for Noé Ramirez. His velocity appeared to be down a little bit, and he was already considered to be a low velocity pitcher. On top of that his results weren’t good. He made six appearances and allowed six earned runs, was charged with another five unearned runs, hit two batters, walked four batters, allowed three home runs, and he struck out just four of the 32 batters that he faced.
The Reds certainly wound up saving money in the trade, but they didn’t exactly get much back for trading away their closer, either. This does take one option away from the bullpen that will still need to be trimmed down before Opening Day. How much trimming needs to be done could come down to whether or not Tejay Antone and Michael Lorenzen are healthy enough to begin the season on the 26-man roster or not. Their health, and whether Lorenzen is ready to start or not when it would be his turn in the rotation could come into play.
Amir Garrett, Lucas Sims, and Sean Doolittle are seemingly locks in the bullpen. After that things are still up in the air with Antone’s health, leaving Cam Bedrosian, José De León (potential starting option as well depending on health of others), Carson Fulmer, Heath Hembree, Josh Osich, Cionel Péerez, Sal Romano, and Braden Shipley pitching for however many spots will be available. Jeff Hoffman appears to be lined up as a starting pitcher for the time being, but could wind up in the bullpen down the line when Sonny Gray returns.