BALTIMORE — While everyone waited to see if the Orioles would trade Zach Britton, another deal came out of nowhere on Monday afternoon. The Orioles gave up more international signing bonus slots in exchange for Yankees RHP Yefry Ramírez.
So far, Ramírez has spent the 2017 season with the Trenton Thunder, New York's Double-A affiliate. The 23-year-old pitcher holds a 10-3 record and a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts. Ramírez has never pitched above the double A level, and is not considered a prospect. He could still find himself on the major league roster in a year or two.
This marks yet another Orioles trade that involves international signing bonus slots. The team already traded away slots to the Yankees and Dodgers earlier this year in exchange for minor league relievers. The O's even sprinkled some bonus slots into the Jeremy Hellickson deal on Friday. Either the Orioles have no desire to explore the foreign market, or these slots are the only pieces left in the organization with trade value.
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