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.
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.
German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.
The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.