Low-risk, high-reward moves are what consist of the additions for the Angels 2021 season. The Halos made another on Saturday as they officially announced the minor-league signing of former All-Star reliever AJ Ramos.
Angels: How much does former All-Star reliever AJ Ramos have left in the tank?
Ramos played in just three games as a member of the Rockies last summer. He previously signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers before getting picked up by Colorado in 2020. A torn labrum in June 2018 forced Ramos to miss the remainder of the season, and he did not pitch at all in 2019. He’s been looking to regain his dominant form ever since.
AJ Ramos Last 7 Seasons:
- 2014: (68 games) 2.11 ERA 64 IP 1.234 WHIP 10.3 K/9
- 2015: (71 games) 2.30 ERA 70.1 IP 1.009 WHIP 11.1 K/9
- 2016: (67 games) 2.81 ERA 64 IP 1.350 WHIP 10.3 K/9
- 2017: (61 games) 3.99 ERA 58.2 IP 1.415 WHIP 11 K/9
- 2018: (28 games) 6.41 ERA 19.2 IP 1.627 WHIP 10.1 K/9
- 2019: DNP–Torn Labrum
- 2020: (3 games) 2.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 1 SO
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I think expecting a 2016 version of Ramos to show up this season is asking a lot. He’s 34-years old and has not pitched a full season in nearly three years. The good news is the addition is going to be little to no risk for the Angels, and maybe Ramos has something to offer.
The team recently parted ways with veteran Jesse Chavez and could use Ramos for bullpen depth, especially if Felix Pena is forced to miss time with a hamstring injury. Right-hander Aaron Slegers has also missed time with back spasms but appears to be back on track after pitching in Wednesday’s 4-2 win against the Royals.
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It always helps to have an experienced arm in your bullpen, and if he is producing well that’s even better. Ramos will likely begin the regular season at the Angels alternate site.