Ramirez was designated for assignment by New York on Feb. 28. He had a 5.73 ERA and 22 strikeouts without a decision in 20 relief appearances during two stints with the Yankees in 2009. Ramirez spent the remainder of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, going 1-5 with a 3.19 ERA in 29 games.Ramirez went 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings in 55 appearances for the Yankees in 2008 and held the opposition to a .215 batting average, with right-handers hitting just .195. His 10.25 strikeouts per nine innings were seventh-best among American League relievers that year. Overall, Ramirez is 6-2 with a 5.22 ERA with two saves and 116 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings in 96 appearances with the Yankees from 2007-09. He was originally signed by the Angels as an undrafted free agent in February 2001 and joined the Yankees as a Minor League free agent in July 2006.
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