Angels acquire Cesar Ramos from Rays for Mark Sappington


Shortly after trading catcher Hank Conger to the Astros the Angels have made another move, acquiring left-hander Cesar Ramos from the Rays in exchange for right-hander Mark Sappington.

Ramos has been part of Tampa Bay’s bullpen for the past four seasons, posting a 3.66 ERA and 179/96 K/BB ratio in 223 innings. At age 30 and with a raise coming via arbitration he didn’t have a ton of value, but he’ll likely work middle relief for the Angels.

Sappington struggled to throw strikes as a starter, but fared well after shifting to the bullpen around midseason and has some upside as a late-inning reliever. He posted a 3.38 ERA and 49/10 K/BB ratio in 32 innings as a reliever at Triple-A, which was enough for the 23-year-old to get the Rays’ attention.