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Brewers claim Neil Ramirez off waivers from Cubs, source says

The reliever will join the Brewers after being designated for assignment by the Cubs.

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The Brewers claimed reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Cubs, according to a major-league source. Chicago had designated Ramirez for assignment more than a week ago.

Ramirez, 27, posted a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 innings with the Cubs this season while walking eight batters in that span. He was very solid in his first two major-league seasons, posting ERAs of 1.44 (in 50 games in 2014) and 3.21 (in 19 games last season), so it's not a surprise that another team would be willing to give him a major-league opportunity.

Ramirez will join David Goforth, Jhan Marinez, Carlos Torres, Michael Blazek, Tyler Thornburg and Blaine Boyer in front of closer Jeremy Jeffress in an all-righty bullpen for Milwaukee. The Brewers' bullpen currently ranks 17th in the majors with a 3.91 ERA mark.

Ramirez, a 1st-round pick (44th overall) in the 2007 draft by the Rangers, was traded to the Cubs as part of Texas' package for Matt Garza three years ago. He posted a 2.20 ERA in 77 games as a Cub.