According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have acquired right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.
Ramirez, 24, was out of options and wasn’t going to make the team out of Spring Training. In 206.2 total innings at the big-league level he posted a 4.62 ERA 4.66 FIP with a 0.5 fWAR. He had an 18.4 K% and 8 BB%.
Montgomery, 25, hasn’t seen the big leagues yet, but has posted a 4.28 ERA in 789.1 innings pitched in the minors including a 4.29 ERA in 2014. He is looking like a future relief man.
- Justin Maxwell made the Giants' roster and former first round pick Gary Brown was designated for assignment. With Hunter Pence fracturing his left forearm, there was going to be a roster spot open. Maxwell made the team over Brown, Juan Perez, and Jarrett Parker. Maxwell will likely platoon a bit with Gregor Blanco and Nori Aoki, maybe even give Angel Pagan multiple days off a week. In 919 career PA, he slashed .224/.311/.417 with a 97 wRC+, and a 3.2 fWAR.
- In 2015, the mean salary will be over $4 million, which is a new record. $4.25 million, to be exact, according to NBC.
- Ken Giles, Phillies' right-handed relief pitcher left his outing due to back tightness, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Salisbury added that Giles isn't worried about it and thinks he will be ready for Opening Day. Giles, 24, broke out last year posting a 1.18 ERA, 1.34 FIP in 45.2 innings pitched.
- Jose Mijares, 30, has been suspended 50 games for "drug of abuse" according to MLB HQ. Mijares won a World Series in 2012 with San Francisco while being a key middle reliever, specialist in the bullpen. He is currently a free agent.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Jose Mijares has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
- John Axford of the Rockies left Rockies' camp after his two-year old son was bit by a rattlesnake near the home they're staying at in Arizona. He was bit twice on the foot, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, and is now stable. Axford made Colorado's club and will make nearly $3 million in 2015. Get well, Jameson Axford.
- After leaving his start on Friday due to triceps cramps, Justin Verlander could end up starting the season on the disabled list, according to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. He is going to pitch in a minor league game this Friday, meaning the decision will likely come soon after that.
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