Tuesday, March 31st, the Seattle Mariners trade Erasmo Ramirez to the Tampa Rays for left-handed Pitcher Mike Montgomery.
Ramirez was given an opportunity to challenge for a starting roster spot in Spring Training. He was however, edged by a strong showing by Taijuan Walker and off season free agent, JA Happ.
Having run out of options, the Mariners would have lost Erasmo to a waiver claim. Rather than risking losing him for nothing, the Mariners traded for the 25 year old Triple A player.
Montgomery, is a 2008 draft pick who has yet to be called up to the majors; he finished Triple A with a 4.29 ERA in 25 starts.
Mike Montgomery Spring Training stats:
- 11.1 innings
- 3 earned runs
- 9 strikeouts
- 2 walks