Someone's Gotta Claim This Guy

Tom DubberkeCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

I saw that the Yankees have designated relief pitcher Edwar Ramirez for assignment in order to make room on their 40-man roster for Chan Ho Park.  I’ll be amazed if the Yankees are able to pass Ramirez successfully through waivers.

Ramirez will be 29 in 2010, and his major league career so far has been unspectacular.  After a solid season in the Yankees’ bullpen in 2008 in which he went 5-1 with a 3.90, he pitched his way back to AAA with a poor start in 2009.  He was called up in September, but didn’t do much to make the Yankees think he was in their long-term plans.

Ramirez clearly knows how to pitch, and he would be a great bet for a team looking for pitching.  Ramirez has a career major league line accumulated over the last three seasons as follows: 5.22 ERA, 98.1 IP, 93 hits, 19 HRs and 56 walks allowed and 116 Ks.  Except for the ERA and homeruns allowed, that’s a strong line.  My guess is that he has not yet shown major league command, which means he’s had to come in with lollipops when he’s behind in the count and a lot of these loliipops have been hit a long way.

However, Ramirez’s career line at AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre over parts of the last three seasons suggest that he’s only minor adjustments away from being a successful major league reliever: 1.98 ERA, 100 IP, 61 hits, 3 HRs and 31 walks allowed and 144 Ks.  It’s hard to pitch much better than that at any level over 100 innings.

You have to figure that there are at least a half dozen major league teams that would be wise to take a chance on Ramirez for the cost of a player to be named later or cash considerations, which is the best the Yankees are likely to get in return for a player they’d have to pass through waivers to keep.