The picture you see above this is the lone one in our entire database of pitcher Noe Ramirez actually throwing a baseball in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. After being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels as the most proven of the two players in the Raisel Iglesias salary dump earlier this winter, the hope was we’d at least get to see him pop up a time or two down the road, too.
As of Saturday morning, it appears that won’t be the case. The Cincinnati Reds have released Ramirez altogether, the club announced.
Raisel Iglesias was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2020 with an arsenal that has dazzled largely for the better part of six seasons. Sorry, sorry...this post isn’t supposed to be about him.
Ramirez, 31, had dinked and dunked his way to a 3.76 ERA across 88.2 IP for the Angels since the start of the 2019 season, doing so despite an average fastball velocity some 9-10 mph lower than the most elite bullpen arms in the game. That certainly hadn’t been fooling many people for the Reds in spring training, though, as he’d allowed 6 ER and a trio of dingers in 6.0 IP so far in Cactus League play.
Iglesias was tied for the 3rd most valuable of the 141 MLB relievers who threw at least 20 IP in 2020, did I mention that? Sorry, sorry...I know.
Anyway, the Reds still have minor league infielder Leonardo Rivas bouncing around somewhere as the remainder of the return in the deal, along with a couple million bucks that they didn’t have to spend that every other reasonable franchise in the game would’ve spent twice over.