Mariners release LHP Ramirez, final move of disastrous trade
PEORIA, Ariz. - The Seattle Mariners released deposed starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez on Wednesday after acquiring him in a disastrous trade 15 months ago.
Seattle got Ramirez from Atlanta for prime setup reliever Rafael Soriano before last season. The 28-year-old left-hander then went 8-7 with a 7.16 ERA in 20 starts and spent nearly two months on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.
Last month's trade for ace Erik Bedard and the offseason signing of free-agent starter Carlos Silva left Ramirez in a short-lived spring training battle with R.A. Dickey for the job of long reliever.