The Phillies have designated 24-year old righty reliever/starter J.C. Ramirez to a minor league deal. Ramirez pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 3-4 with 4 saves, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 177 games (127 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 43-51 with 4 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. This is not much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.
UPDATE: (2/1/2013) – J.C. Ramirez has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.