When the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Roy Halladay in exchange for Cliff Lee in a four-team deal back in December of 2009, fans everywhere began anointing the Phillies as the team to beat across the MLB.
Now, a little over three years later, the Phillies are designating a prospect who was acquired in that trade for assignment.
J.C. Ramirez was designated for assignment on Tuesday in order to make room for recently acquired Chad Durbin on the 40-man roster.
Durbin has spent the past couple of seasons with the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians after leaving Philadelphia in 2010. The thirty-five-year old right-handed reliever will likely assume a major role in the Phillies bullpen this season.
Ramirez, on the other hand, will be looking for a chance to get onto a major-league roster or return to the minor leagues, where he has spent the past seven seasons.
Ramirez has pitched at every level throughout his professional career. He spent four seasons with the Seattle Mariners organization before his current stint in Philadelphia. In 177 appearances, 127 of them being starts, Ramirez has accumulated a 43-51 record with a 4.31 ERA in 760 innings of work.
He has spent the past two seasons with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 2011, Ramirez made 26 starts for Reading and finished with a 11-13 record and a 4.50 ERA in 144 innings. Last season, Ramirez made 45 appearances out of the bullpen while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A. He finished with a 3-4 record, a 4.01 ERA, four saves, while finishing 19 games all in 67.1 innings of relief.
Ramirez will likely be back in the minor leagues in 2013. Look for him to continue to develop and eventually wind up in the major leagues as his career progresses.