Former Angels righty JC Ramirez has agreed to a deal with the Fubon Guardian’s in Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League, per an announcement from the team. Ramirez himself tweeted about the new agreement.
The 32-year-old Ramirez didn’t pitch in the Majors this past season after signing a minor league pact to return for what would’ve been a fifth season in the Halos organization. He was a solid member of the Angels’ rotation back in 2017, pitching to a 4.15 ERA over the life of 147 1/3 innings (27 games, including 24 starts). That showing seemed to set the stage for Ramirez to take hold of a rotation spot full-time beginning in 2018, but he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery after just two starts in 2018.
Ramirez returned to the Majors in the second half of the 2019 season but pitched in just five games before being removed from the team’s 40-man roster. In all, he’s pitched just 14 2/3 innings since that promising showing back in 2017.
Beyond his work with the Angels, Ramirez has seen brief MLB time with the Phillies, D-backs, Mariners and Reds. In 288 1/3 innings as a big leaguer, he’s logged a 4.71 ERA with 6.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 1.44 HR/9 and a 49.8 percent ground-ball rate.