Edwar, we hardly knew ye

Sunday stories: Spring training, Posada, Montero, Rivers
Chan Ho wants a ring

Chan-Ho Park finally made it to Tampa today (more on him later), and to clear a roster spot on the 40-man, the Yankees have designated Edwar Ramirez for assignment. Ramirez, entering his age 29 season, has been with the Yanks since mid-2006. Over parts of three seasons with the big league club, he has appeared in 96 games and has thrown 98.1 innings. He has a career ERA of 5.22 and an impressive K/9 IP of 10.6, but he’s also walked 5.1 guys per 9 and has a tendency to give up the long ball. His “Bugs Bunny” change-up can be devastating, but he’s struggled to find consistency in his stints in the Majors. I’d imagine some other team will pick him up quickly.

Sunday stories: Spring training, Posada, Montero, Rivers
Chan Ho wants a ring
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Peace, Edwar. It’s been real.

  • Cecala

    I will miss those giant glasses =(

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    He’ll clear waivers I bet. Every team has guys like him in the minors.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Agreed. He’ll be an integral part of Scranton’s bullpen this year. He and Kei are AAAA HOFers.

      • Granderslam

        It’s a shame Edwar couldn’t get that secondary pitch going to accompany that changeup.

        • Darrelle

          In Edwar’s case it seems that his secondary stuff if fine, and he’s lacking a primary fastball!

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Bring Shelley back for the core 3!

    • ColoYank

      I didn’t see a spot for him even without Park. Good luck, Edwar! There was some enjoyment, and some frustration … like with a lot of guys, particularly relievers.

      • JPR

        Putting Edwar on the mound is a crapshoot.The man loses confidance.They should have let him go last year.

  • AJ

    Don’t worry he won’t leave New York. He’ll just be playing at Citifield.

    • Not The Rays

      … as the number 2 starter!

      • oborne


  • Accent Shallow

    I’d rather have Edwar for the league minimum than Park for $1.2M.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      ….why? First, it’s worth noting that Edwar was probably going to make in excess of $500,000 this year. Second, at least with Park, there’s a chance he’ll do well and get some outs. Edwar isn’t even going to do that anymore.

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, Edwar’s not arb-eligible yet, so if he’s not getting league min, he’s getting something close to it.

        As for upside, I’d take the chance that Edwar learns fastball command in Scranton over Park pulling another solid relief season out of nowhere.

        This isn’t to suggest that Edwar is a valuable commodity — I certainly don’t think he is.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          $500,000 IS near league minimum.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          As for upside, I’d take the chance that Edwar learns fastball command in Scranton over Park pulling another solid relief season out of nowhere.

          Using “another” and “out of nowhere” is an oxymoron. If he’s done it before it’s not really out of nowhere.
          We’re basically counting on him to do what he’s done the past two seasons.

        • steve (different one)

          yes, if there is one thing we’ve learned over the past few years it’s that it’s impossible for a mediocre starter to convert to a reliever and find success.

          the is NO WAY Chan Ho Park can be an effective reliever. none.

          • Ryan

            Really? And what do you base this on? He was pretty solid last year out of the ‘pen.

            • SamVa

              I’m going to bet that was sarcasm…

            • Spaceman.Spiff

              Pretty sure that was sarcasm.

          • JPR

            getting any relief pitcher AFTER Joe arm killer Torre is a bad idea….he is the worst at conserving a pitchers arm…Park will be a tiny bit better than Edvar….who just never could pull it together…he had no killer instinct.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      I’ll take the guy who has had major league success over the guy who hasn’t, thank you very much.

  • http://www.livingwithballs.com Living with Balls

    He’s had plenty of chances to prove himself. At 29, if he hasn’t gotten it done yet, he probably never will.

  • nyyankeefanforever

    At this price, the Park deal is another Cashman master stroke! He can come in for short or long relief or even play 8th inning set up man to Hughes, who can get some looks as closer to rest Big Mo whenever we’ve got a big lead or Mo’s pitched the previous day. And it frees us up for yet another trade or salary dump that can give us even greater roster flexibility this year at the trade deadline, and free agent $$$ next year. And besides, this guy absolutely blanked us in the Series….now we won’t have to face him when we see the Phillies again in November…LOL! Brilliant, Brian!

    For even more Yankee fun, check out the musical comedy vid “[NAME REMOVED BY RAB]” at


    It’s a must-see for Yankee and Red Suks fans alike! Go Yankees! 28 in 2010!!!

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      This isn’t the first time we’ve asked you to stop with the YouTube links and off-topic comments. Please review the commenting guidelines and consider this a final warning.

  • x

    I hear the Pirates or Nationals could use a former Yankees pitcher

    • SamVa


  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Not for nothing.. I’d bet E-Ram could put up a respectable ERA in the JV League(4.3–4.5?). Respectable ERA + Crazy high K/9 = Good NL Pitcher.

    • SamVa

      [Cough] LaTroy Hawkins [Cough]

  • bonestock94

    I was just thinking, who would I rather have on the roster, Boone Logan or Edwar Ramirez?

    • whozat

      How many righty relief options with upside do they have? How many lefty?

      • steve (different one)

        but teh changeup makes Edwar LHed!!

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Haha, I always loved that argument. No one ever bothered to look up Edwar’s numbers:

          .219/.318/.444/.762 vs. RHB
          .268/.347/.486/.833 vs. LHB

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno


  • Pingback: Chan Ho wants a ring | River Avenue Blues

  • Greg

    Good riddance. He stunk

  • Johnson
  • RollingWave

    if only we could attach Edwar’s changeup to one of Hughes / Joba / AJ ……

    or vice versa with their fastballs.

  • RollingWave

    with that said, Edwar is a classic guy that could have one or two season where he put his command together enough to be a pretty good RP.

  • MikeD

    Edwar did give us a solid year in 2008. Outside of a few, relievers are up-and-down creatures. He might very well have provided some value in 2010 and was a good arm to have around for some depth, especially with that strike-out rate.

    I’d invite him to camp if I was the GM of an NL team and I needed some bullpen depth. I think the AL has faced him enough they know to lay off the change. He’ll be new to many NL hitters and he might give some team a decent year. Then trade him!

  • Pingback: Bay City Ball | Giants Baseball With a Side of STATS

  • Patrick
  • Pingback: Yankees send Edwar Ramirez to Texas | River Avenue Blues

  • Pingback: Cheap Relief Arm: Edwar Ramirez | SF Giants Blog