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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
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Ramos worked a scoreless 10th inning against the Nationals Thursday to earn his first save.
Ramos walked Bryce Harper and yielded a one-out single to Daniel Murphy, but escaped danger by getting both Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon to pop out to end the game. The Marlins have plenty of capable relievers, but the 30-year-old has a strong hold on the closer gig after saving 72 games over the past two seasons. Apr 6 - 10:32 PM

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A.J. Ramos walked two and gave up a run to blow a lead in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Astros.

Ramos has allowed five runs, walked four and given up a couple of homers in his 5 2/3 innings this spring. He's going to open the season as the Marlins' closer, but the bad spring could lead to Don Mattingly having less patience if he blows a couple of saves early on.
Mar 29 - 5:07 PM

A.J. Ramos allowed a run in a second straight outing Sunday against the Astros.

Ramos surrenders a pair of solo homers his first time out this spring. Today, it was a couple of hits and a walk. He's not competing to keep his closer gig this spring, but he would be vulnerable with a slow start, especially after the Marlins added Brad Ziegler over the winter.
Mar 5 - 5:02 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly indicated on Sirius XM Fantasy on Tuesday that A.J. Ramos will be his primary closer.

Mattingly also said that he wants to be flexible, and he has a lot of options if things go wrong. The Marlins added veterans Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa over the winter and Kyle Barraclough looms as a legitimate threat. Ramos went 40-for-43 in save chances last season while posting a 2.81 ERA and 73/35 K/BB ratio over 64 innings.

Marlins and RHP A.J. Ramos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.55 million contract.

Closers do well in arbitration, and Ramos is no exception as he nearly doubles his salary from last season. The 30-year-old is coming off an All-Star campaign that saw him put up a 2.81 ERA and 73/35 K/BB ratio over 64 innings.
Jan 13 - 10:57 AM

Jayson Stark of reports that the Marlins have signaled they might be willing to trade closer A.J. Ramos.

The Marlins are known to have interest in free agent closer Kenley Jansen, so this would presumably be more likely if they were able to pay the high price needed to sign him. Ramos notched 40 saves this past season while posting a 2.81 ERA and 73/35 K/BB ratio over 64 innings. MLB Trade Rumors projects that he'll make $6.8 million through arbitration in 2017, so he would generate plenty of interest if the Marlins shop him.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:20:00 AM

A.J. Ramos struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Braves to earn his 39th save.

Ramos had little trouble with the bottom of the Braves order and leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte, who struck out to end the game. His 39 saves are fourth-most in the National League and a single-season high for Ramos. The right-hander owns a 2.90 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 70/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 12:19:00 AM

A.J. Ramos notched his 38th save of the season in Monday's win over the Nationals.

It wasn't without a sweat, as Ramos allowed a leadoff double while trying to protect a one-run lead. However, the closer was then able to induce a fielder's choice to cut down the runner at third base followed by a couple flyouts. Ramos has allowed only one run over 10 appearances this month.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 10:19:00 PM

A.J. Ramos bounced back from Friday's loss to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 37th save Sunday.

The Marlins have been leaning heavily on Ramos lately; he's thrown 86 pitches the last six days. If they have a save chance tomorrow, it could go to David Phelps or Fernando Rodney.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 05:27:00 PM

A.J. Ramos gave up a one-out double in the ninth inning but held the Braves off the scoreboard to lock down his 36th save of the season on Wednesday.

Ramos has regained a firm grip on the closer's job in Miami despite a touchy finger problem. Fernando Rodney held the role for awhile but has pitched poorly of late to drop out of the fight. Ramos has a 3.02 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:03:00 PM

A.J. Ramos struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday, earning his 35th save against the Braves.

That's now twice in three days that Marlins manager Don Mattingly has turned to Ramos, not Fernando Rodney, with the game on the line in the ninth inning. Ramos has answered the bell both times, and he's got a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 59 appearances overall. When healthy, Ramos is more talented than Rodney, and he seems to have regained the manager's trust even with some ongoing finger issues. Assuming the finger discomfort doesn't sideline him for an extended period, owners should have him back in their lineups accordingly.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:42:00 PM

According to Joe Frisaro of, Marlins manager Don Mattingly will use a "wait-and-see" approach in the ninth inning.

Fernando Rodney has struggled recently and is starting to lose his grip on the ninth inning. A.J. Ramos was an All-Star closer before Rodney arrived in a mid-summer trade but he's been battling finger discomfort since his return from the disabled list. "Obviously, I can't do the same things I was doing earlier in the year," Ramos admitted. "I'm all about grip and finger strength." With Rodney pitching poorly and Ramos at less than 100 percent, fantasy owners would be wise to stay clear of this situation.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 08:56:00 PM

Marlins activated RHP A.J. Ramos from the 15-day disabled list.

Ramos missed the minimum 15 days with a fractured right middle finger. The Marlins have discussed possibly easing him back into his closer role, depending on whether his finger can hold up to a normal workload. Fernando Rodney might continue to close for the club for a bit longer.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 11:07:00 AM

A.J. Ramos (finger) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Brian Ellington will be optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding move. Ramos missed the minimum 15 days with a fractured right middle finger. He's been excellent for the Fish this year and should immediately step into the closer role upon his return. Fernando Rodney will move back to the eighth inning.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 11:30:00 PM

The Marlins remain hopeful that A.J. Ramos (finger) will be ready for activation from the disabled list on Sunday when first eligible.

Ramos will test out his fractured right middle finger with a simulated game on Friday. It's hard to imagine that the finger is totally healed already, but evidently the reliever will attempt to pitch through it. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that he could use Ramos in a setup role if it looks like the reliever won't be able to handle his normal workload. "If it's going to be every other day or he can't go back-to-back type of situation, that's what we have to find out," Mattingly said. "In that role, you don't want to be flipping guys around all the time." Fernando Rodney has been closing for the Marlins and will continue to do so until Ramos is ready to resume his old job.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 10:26:00 AM

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C1J.T. Realmuto
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Justin Bour
2B1Dee Gordon
2Derek Dietrich
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Miguel Rojas
3B1Martin Prado
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Christian Yelich
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Adam Conley
3Edinson Volquez
4Dan Straily
5Tom Koehler
6Jeff Locke
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
2Kyle Barraclough
3Brad Ziegler
4David Phelps
5Junichi Tazawa
6Dustin McGowan
7Jose Urena
8Jarlin Garcia