Cubs reportedly interested in free agent right-handed reliever A.J. Ramos
According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the Cubs are interested in RHP A.J. Ramos. Ramos joins the small list of free agent relief pitchers the Cubs have been connected to in recent days. Ramos is coming off an injury shortened season with the Mets.
Ramos turned 32 in September (Sept. 20) and was very effective for the Marlins over the first six-plus years of his career. But with the Mets, Ramos struggled and dealt with a torn labrum.
In six-plus seasons in Miami, Ramos was 15-16 with 92 saves, a 2.78 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. With the Mets in 49 games over one-plus seasons, Ramos was 2-2 with seven saves, a 5.59 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. For his career, Ramos is 17-18 with 99 saves, a 3.07 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Jesse Rogers explained Tuesday morning during a segment with David Kaplan (ESPN 1000) that the Cubs are looking at the second tier of free agent relievers, like Joakim Soria and A.J. Ramos, and not the top tier. Rogers believes the Cubs like Zach Britton but he is not sure if the front office has talked to his representatives.
The Cubs financial restrictions are real, according to Rogers. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer must improve the club with very little wiggle room in the team’s payroll for next season.