As first reported by beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have acquired right-handed starter Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for left-hander Mike Montgomery.
Ramirez was out of options and out of the mix for a rotation spot in Seattle. He holds a 4.62 ERA (80 ERA+) in 206 2/3 career major league innings, but the native of Nicaragua is only 24 years old and put up some intriguing numbers in the minors. Ramirez will give depth to a Rays rotation that will be without Alex Cobb (forearm), Drew Smyly (shoulder), and Matt Moore (elbow) at the beginning of 2015.
Montgomery is 25 years old and has yet to pitch in a big league game. The southpaw posted an uninspiring 4.29 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 98/48 K/BB ratio in 126 innings last season for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina. His future role with the M’s is probably lefty relief.