The Miami Marlins head into this year's deadline as sellers and are taking plenty of calls on closer A.J. Ramos, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Among the clubs interested in the right-hander are the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Rays, Red Sox, Brewers, and Cubs.
Ramos, 30, is owed around $3 million in 2017, and is under team control through 2018. Ramos' career-worst 3.96 ERA in 36.1 innings in 2017 may have dampened his value from where it was this winter, but he's also on pace to strike out batters at a career-high 11.1 K/9 over a full season. A 21st round pick of the Marlins in 2009, Ramos' 18 saves in 20 chances indicate he's still a lockdown reliever in high leverage situations.
The Diamondbacks were linked to Ramos earlier this month, and are searching the market for right-handed relief help. Both the Diamondbacks and Rockies will be interesting clubs to follow as the deadline nears, as their once-large Wild Card leads are now down to 5.5 game and 6.5 game leads over the Cubs and Pirates, respectively.
Ramos could be a nice fit for clubs looking to contend now and in the near future, as his 2018 team control makes him more of an asset than simply a rental piece. Keep an eye on the Rays and Brewers in connection to Ramos and other non-rental pieces, as the two teams look to instigate sustainable success past impressive 2017 performances. The Brewers will busy at this year's deadline, and have been linked to the likes of Justin Wilson and Sonny Gray.