Indians sign Ramirez, Rohlinger to minor league deals
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher J.C. Ramirez and infielder Ryan Rohlinger to minor league contracts with a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.
Ramirez, 25, split the 2013 season between Double-A Reading, Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Philadelphia Phillies, going a combined 5-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 34 combined minor league relief outings (49.0 IP, 44 H, 22 ER, 25 BB, 44 K, .232 AVG). Over his two stints with the Phillies he was 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 18 relief appearances (24.0 IP, 30 H, 20 ER, 15 BB, 16 K), his first career action at the major league level. He elected free agency after being outrighted off the Phillies’ 40-man roster on October 16.
Rohlinger, 30, spent the 2013 season with Triple-A Columbus where he hit .266 (85-for-319) with 17 doubles, 5 home runs and 25 RBI in 92 games (36 BB, 69 K, .353 OB%). He appeared in 57 games at third base, 26 games at shortstop and 9 games at second base for the Clippers, his second season in the Indians organization. Rohlinger is an eight-year professional who began his playing career in 2006 in the San Francisco organizationand later appeared in 46 major league games with the Giants from 2008-2011.