Sep 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher J.C. Ramirez (66) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians sign J.C. Ramirez, re-sign Ryan Rohlinger

Earlier today the Cleveland Indians declined the option of outfielder Jason Kubel and had their option for Ubaldo Jimenez declined by the man himself.

Now as the Indians move their attention away from those two for awhile, they’ve decided to bring in right handed relief pitcher J.C. Ramirez.

Ramirez was out-righted by the Philadelphia Phillies sometime last month and decided to test the market. The agreement between the Indians and Ramirez happens to be a minor league contract but it does include an invitation for Spring Training.

The 25 year old relief pitcher put up a 7.50 ERA and a 16/15 K/BB ratio over 24 even innings with the Phillies. Ramirez will have a shot to compete for a spot in the bullpen, but if he brings those numbers from Philly over to Cleveland, he’ll start the year at the Triple-A level.

That’s something he doesn’t want as this could be the fresh start he needs to get himself back on track.

With Ramirez now on board with the franchise, the Indians have re-signed infielder Ryan Rohlinger to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

He hit .266/.353/.367 with five hom runs at Triple-A Columbus and will have a shot to compete for the Opening Day roster.

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