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The A's pick up Edwar Ramirez

Mar 24, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

As he faced the sun he cast no shadow . . . Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports:

The A’s have just announced that they traded recently demoted infielder Gregorio Petit to the Rangers in exchange for right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez, sent by Texas to Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier today.

Ramirez spent the past three seasons with the Yankees, going 6-2 career record with 5.22 ERA in 96 games, with 116 strikeouts and 93 hits in 98-1/3 innings. He turns 29 on Sunday, and at 6-foot-3, 167, he’s a beanpole along the lines of ex-A’s reliever Juan Cruz.

As Slusser notes, Ramirez is basically insurance for a bullpen with a lot of question marks and injuries and stuff.  Slusser waxes optimistic about Petit, but I’m having a hard time seeing it. He was DFA’d in February and no one bit.  He hit a measly 244/.292/.336 in the PCL last season, and that won’t play even with what is supposed to be a good glove.

  1. APBA Guy - Mar 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Susan liked Petit because his minor league numbers were good, but he never showed up in his major league stints. She wanted him to get an extended trial, but I think the A’s, who are adding scouting back into their repertoire, can see what the rest of us see, that Petit’s overmatched against major league pitching.
    Last year the A’s bullpen was absolutely dominant. It was a thing of beauty, with defined roles and an honest shut-down closer. This year a lot of guys are dinged or worse as Spring training closes, so the A’s do the baseball version of take a penny, leave a penny.

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