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Dodgers sign AJ Ramos to minor league deal

A.J. Ramos minor league deal

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 25: AJ Ramos #44 of the New York Mets pitches in the tenth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 25, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday evening that the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher AJ Ramos to a minor league contract. He will be added to the Dodgers’ 60-man player pool.

Ramos, 33, missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. He last pitched in the majors in 2018 with the Mets, when he logged 19 2/3 innings with a 6.41 ERA, 22 strikeouts, and 15 walks.

Prior to the injury, Ramos was consistently reliable for the Marlins. From 2013-17, he posted a 2.86 ERA with 391 strikeouts and 181 walks over 337 innings. He earned a nomination to the National League All-Star roster in 2016.

If Ramos makes the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, he isn’t likely to see high-leverage inning off the bat, but he could work his way into more a meaningful bullpen role as the season progresses. The Dodgers’ bullpen currently features Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, and Blake Treinen at the back end.

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