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We are at the point of Spring Training where teams try to trim the fat, while bolstering their ranks in the minors. The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays did just that, swapping pitchers, when they agreed to a trade that sent Erasmo Ramirez to the Rays organization and gave the Mariners Mike Montgomery.

Ramirez just hasn’t been able to produce with the Mariners, and he was shelled in 2.1 innings (5 runs) in his last spring outing. He has a career 4.62 ERA in 206.2 innings pitched, but seems to be regressing instead of progressing, like the Mariners had hoped. His K:BB ratio has decreased each season, and it is apparent that Seattle knew they had better try to get something for him.

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The Rays dealt Mike Montgomery to the Mariners in return. While Montgomery is nothing spectacular, he is only 25-years-old, so there might be time to mold him. He has a career record of 42-47 with a 4.28 ERA, and has bounced around in the minors since 2008.

This trade seems like nothing more than giving two players a change of scenery, with the possibility that it will give their careers a boost. I hope that it works out for both teams, and these two pitchers can have a solid career going forward.

Dustin Brown covers the Seattle Mariners for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.

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