The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for former top-prospect Mike Montgomery, according to a press release by both clubs involved.

Ramirez, 25 in May, is expected to join the injury-plagued Rays’€™ starting rotation come Opening Day following a well-below average 2014 campaign that saw his numbers worsen for the second year in a row.

After spending half of his debut season in the bullpen and half of it starting games, accumulating a 3.36 ERA in 59 innings pitched, Ramirez saw his increase in innings pitched in 2013 bring along a poor 4.98 ERA and 1.452 WHIP. 2014 was no better, as his 5.26 ERA shows. Ramirez has started 2015 with the wrong foot, facing problems commanding the ball, and providing hitters easy-to-hit pitches all spring long.

With the current situation of the Rays’ rotation, and with Ramirez’€™s previous experience starting games, it’€™s more good than bad what this acquisition can do to Kevin Cashs team.

Mike Montgomery, 25, drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the 36th pick of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of William S. Hart HS in Santa Clarita, CA, was rated 39th and lower from 2010 through 2012 in Baseball America’s Prospect Rating list and enjoyed decent success during his first years in the minors but hit various bumps in the road starting in 2011. Montgomery has since failed to re-gain the same level of success he had in previous years and is now fighting to make it to the Majors.

Montgomery is likely to start the season in the Mariners’€™ Triple-A affiliate and try to work his way up through Seattle’€™s talent-filled minor-league system. He has made significant improvement this spring, sporting a 2.00 ERA in 9 innings pitched so far, but has more to prove as the season inches closer.

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