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A.J. Ramos | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/20/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas Tech
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 21 (0) / MIA
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays have been "looking at" A.J. Ramos.
Per Heyman, the Rays are also in the running for Tigers closer Justin Wilson, though he's being pursued by a number of other teams and probably a long shot to end up in Tampa Bay. The Marlins just traded setup man David Phelps to the Mariners and dealing Ramos could be their next move. Ramos hasn't had the smoothest year (4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) but he's only blown two saves and still carries an impressive 11.46 K/9 over 36 outings. He'd be an upgrade for a Rays bullpen that ranks 21st in the league in ERA (4.37). Jul 20 - 4:20 PM

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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports there are three teams "in on" Marlins closer A.J. Ramos.

Miami is just about to trade setup man David Phelps, and Ramos could very well follow him out the door. The 30-year-old right-hander has struggled a bit in 2017, but he boasts a 2.81 career ERA and 10.5 career K/9, and he's racked up 89 saves since the beginning of the 2015 season. Ramos is under control, via arbitration, through 2018.
Jul 20 - 11:18 AM

A.J. Ramos gave up a three-run homer to Yasiel Puig to blow a save Friday against the Dodgers.

Ramos retired the first two batters he faced before Joc Pederson singled and Yasmani Grandal drew a walk. Puig then launched his second homer of the night to put the Dodgers in front for good. This was just Ramos' second blown save in 19 chances this season. His name has popped up in trade rumors this month, but set-up man David Phelps also figures to be a popular target.
Jul 14 - 10:34 PM

The Marlins are shopping A.J. Ramos and David Phelps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

"I think we have to be realistic of where we are and what we have to do in order to get to the playoffs," said President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill. "I think you have to take stock of where you’re at and take a look at if trades are presented that make sense." While the Marlins will entertain offers for Ramos and Phelps, Justin Bour, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Dan Straily and Christian Yelich are said to be off limits. Ramos was an All-Star in 2016 and has put together another solid season for the Marlins, converting 17-of-18 save opportunities with a 3.51 ERA and an 11.34 K/9. He'd be a good get for a contender.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 13 - 9:22 PM

A.J. Ramos allowed a run but notched his 17th save of the season Sunday in San Francisco.

Ramos gave up a leadoff triple to Kelby Tomlinson in the bottom of the 11th inning and the next batter, Conor Gillaspie, drove Tomlinson home on a groundout. Ramos then issued a two-out walk to Joe Panik but induced a lineout from Hunter Pence to end that threat. Miami's closer has yielded runs in back-to-back appearances to close out the first half of the 2017 regular season.
Jul 9 - 8:21 PM

A.J. Ramos allowed one earned run, two hits and a walk in the ninth inning on Saturday in San Francisco for his 16th save.

Ramos needed 26 pitches to close out the Giants, but the good news is he was able to strike out the side. Punchouts are his calling card, as he has 42 strikeouts across just 32 1/3 innings over 33 relief appearances. He has converted seven save chances in a row dating back to June 17, and the run allowed Saturday was the first he has coughed up since that blown opportunity.
Jul 9 - 3:35 AM

A.J. Ramos tallied his 14th save of the season Tuesday in the Marlins' defeat of the Cardinals.

Ramos retried all three batters he faced -- one via strikeout -- in a spotless bottom of the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The 30-year-old closer owns a 3.26 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings this season with Miami. He'll be a popular name ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Jul 4 - 5:41 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that "multiple teams" are targeting Marlins relievers A.J. Ramos and David Phelps.

Both Ramos and Phelps are under team control through 2018, but they're getting more expensive in arbitration and the Marlins "remain inclined to move salary," according to Passan, even after the Adeiny Hechavarria trade. Ramos has been volatile this season with a 3.49 ERA and 15 walks over 28 1/3 innings. But, while contenders might see him more as a setup man than a closer, it's not a surprise that there would be interest. Phelps hasn't been dominant in 2017 as he was in 2016, but he's still struck out over a batter per frame and has mostly been superb since a rough first couple weeks. If Miami winds up trading both Ramos and Phelps, Kyle Barraclough could take over as their closer.
Jun 28 - 11:50 AM

A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Tuesday, securing his 13th save of the season.

Ramos allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes, but nothing more came from it. The 30-year-old right-hander has now made good on 13 of his 14 save chances while compiling a 3.49 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 37/15 K/BB ratio across 28 1/3 innings.
Jun 28 - 12:05 AM

A.J. Ramos nailed down his 12th save Sunday in the Marlins’ win over the Cubs.

He retired all four hitters he faced while throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. That’s about as efficient as it gets. Ramos’ 3.62 ERA is a bit higher than some were expecting but he’s still done a solid job for the Marlins, converting 12-of-13 save chances with an eye-popping 12.18 K/9.
Jun 25 - 7:26 PM

A.J. Ramos worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Cubs on Friday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his 11th save of the season.

Ramos surrendered a one-out single to Javier Baez but erased him by getting Albert Almora to ground into a game-ending double play. He has been inconsistent this season, compiling a 3.81 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 36/15 K/BB ratio across 26 innings.
Jun 23 - 10:07 PM

A.J. Ramos earned his 10th save of the season Wednesday in the Marlins' comeback win over the Nationals.

Miami pounced for two runs against Max Scherzer in the bottom of the eighth after being held hitless for the first seven innings of the game, and Ramos made the rally stick with a scoreless top of the ninth. The 30-year-old closer struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Jun 21 - 3:20 PM

A.J. Ramos got four outs without allowing a run to notch a save in a 6-5 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.

He was brought in to get the last out of the eighth inning with a runner on second base and he struck out Ian Happ to end the threat. He worked around a walk in the ninth inning to lock down the victory. He has nine saves and a 3.92 ERA on the season. In 20 2/3 innings he has punched out 27 batters and walked 13.
Jun 8 - 1:24 AM

A.J. Ramos earned his eighth save of the season Sunday in the Marlins' victory over the Diamondbacks.

Ramos struck out Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb in a spotless top of the ninth inning at Marlins Park. The right-hander is 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season for Miami, though he has struggled in lower-leverage appearances and owns a 4.19 overall ERA.
Jun 4 - 5:06 PM

A.J. Ramos retired the side in order Friday against the Diamondbacks for his seventh save of the season.

Ramos struck out two in the frame. The 30-year-old owns a 4.42 ERA through 20 appearances this season, but he hasn’t allowed a run in any of his save chances. He has a 6.75 ERA with nine walks in 12 innings for non-save situations.
Jun 3 - 12:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Justin Bour
2Tyler Moore
2B1Dee Gordon
SS1J.T. Riddle
2Miguel Rojas
3B1Martin Prado
2Derek Dietrich
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Christian Yelich
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Edinson Volquez
3Dan Straily
4Jose Urena
5Tom Koehler
6Chris O'Grady
7Adam Conley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1A.J. Ramos
2Kyle Barraclough
3Brad Ziegler
4Junichi Tazawa
5Dustin McGowan
6Nick Wittgren
7Jarlin Garcia
8Vance Worley
9Brian Ellington