PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners solved their Erasmo Ramirez dilemma Tuesday night by trading the right-handed pitcher to Tampa Bay for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.
Ramirez, 24, is out of options, but the Mariners had no place for him on their 25-man roster. That meant they either had to trade him or risk losing him on a waiver claim.
In contrast, Montgomery, 25, has options and is likely to start the season at Triple-A Tacoma. He was 10-5 with a 4.29 ERA last season in 25 starts at Triple-A Durham.
Montgomery was a supplemental first-round pick by Kansas City in 2008 …