Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin in August of 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Oakland Athletics: A’s claim Toronto reliever Carlos Ramirez off waivers

The Oakland Athletics have claimed right-handed pitcher Carlos Ramírez off of waivers from Toronto Blue Jays, while in Toronto playing the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Ramírez, 27, pitched in just two games for the Blue Jays this season, allowing one earned run in 2 1/3 innings of work, with three strikeouts, before being designated for assignment on May 13.

Before he was recalled to the Majors from April 23 to May 3, Ramirez began the season with Triple-A Buffalo, going 0-1 with one save and a 5.40 ERA (five earned runs in 8 1/3 innings) with 10 strikeouts in seven appearances.

This year has been somewhat of an outlier for Ramírez, who, in parts of two seasons with Toronto, posted a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings of work, with 17 strikeouts in 14 appearances.

In eight minor league seasons — including five seasons as a pitcher — he went 9-4 with 21 saves and a 2.57 ERA (46 er, 161.0 ip) with 157 strikeouts in 113 appearances on the mound.

Before becoming a full-time pitcher, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Ramírez was an outfielder, and in seven seasons at the plate, he hit .225 (252-for-1121), scored 150 runs, and 54 doubles, 16 triples, 17 home runs and 104 RBI in 364 games in the Toronto system.

A native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Ramírez was signed by Toronto as an international free agent on March 5, 2009.

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