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Red Sox nearing deal with righty Erasmo Ramirez

Rob Bradford
December 18, 2018 - 12:44 pm

The Red Sox are loading up on depth.

After signing an outfielder with significant major league experience in Gorkys Hernandez to a minor-league deal, the Sox appear to be close to reeling in another potential depth option, this time in the form of pitcher Erasmo Ramirez. The deal has yet to be finalized.

A major league source confirmed a report from's Jesse Sanchez that the Red Sox are moving toward an agreement with the 28-year-old Ramirez on a minor-league deal that would include an invitation to major league camp.

Ramirez is a right-hander who started 10 big league games for the Mariners in 2008, having made a total of 192 major league appearances for his career (92 as a starter).

Upon returning to the majors in August after dealing with a shoulder issue, he went on a run of three starts for Seattle in which the hurler just two earned runs over 16 innings (1.13 ERA). His last five starts, however, resulted in a 9.00 ERA, although he did allow just two runs over five innings against the Yankees on Sept. 9.

He was taken off the Mariners' 40-man roster at the completion of 2018, making him eligible for free agency.