Nationals To Re-Sign Their 'Pitcher Of The Year'

In his 6th big league stop, in his 11th season, everything finally came together with the Washington Nationals in 2022 for right-handed reliever Erasmo Ramirez. And with that, both sides have agreed to renew their relationship. 

Ramirez will be re-signing with the Nats for one year, according to Nationals beat writer Mark Zuckerman, who says they're closing in on finalizing the deal, though it's not done yet. The 32-year-old reliever can earn up to $2M with incentives, per Insider Jon Heyman. The Nationals will also still need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster before it becomes official.

The Nicaraguan native came to DC last season without a lot of fanfare, as he was coming off a 5.47 ERA in the Detroit Tigers bullpen in 2021. He was on a minor League contract with the Nats with an invite to Spring Training. And all he did was post a career-best 2.92 ERA in 86.1 innings (two starts, 58 relief appearances). He had a 1.08 WHIP and a 61:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

He earned Pitcher of the Year honors in the Nationals' season-end awards. 

In his previous five stops around the majors, covering 10 seasons, he had posted an overall ERA in the mid-4s, which came down to 4.21 after his impressive season.

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