Brewers among teams interested in Erasmo Ramirez

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It's the middle of trade season and so we're probably going to hear a few more rumors that may or may not carry any weight.

Before I begin I just want to say, if you're on Twitter and you aren't following Jim Goulart you're doing it wrong. His tweets often alert me to transactions and rumors before anyone else. This tweet from today is just another example of that. It appears as though the Brewers are among teams interested in Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.

Ramirez is a 24 year old right-handed starting pitcher. He's thrown 184 innings for the Mariners across 3 seasons and 41 games (32 starts) to varying degrees of success.  Over that time span he has an 18.4 K%, 8.4 BB%, .250 BAA, 1.35 WHIP, and a 1.37 HR/9 which has resulted in a 4.35 ERA/4.67 FIP/4.29 xFIP. His walk rates were better in the minors and HR/9 was significantly lower. He throws a fastball (91-93 mph), slider, curve, and change.

On the surface it seems strange that the Brewers would be interested in Ramirez. He's not terribly effective and while they may not have a ton of starting pitching depth, they have Jimmy Nelson who is a better option and Mike Fiers who might be as good if not better. More depth is not a bad thing though and if he's cheap it makes more sense.

They could be interested in him as a reliever. In the same way Marco Estrada would be helped by moving to the bullpen so could Erasmo Ramirez. The Brewers have better bullpen depth than rotation depth so it's still a little strange. But, if he makes a good reliever then it would be a good move.

It's very possible that the Brewers are interested in acquiring Ramirez. He makes sense from a depth point of view and he has at least 1 option remaining so they could send him to Nashville right away and call on his services only when needed. It's also very possible that the Brewers are looking at every single major league player on every single team for due diligence and this rumor means nothing at all.

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs

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