Ramos, 30, has pitched as a starter and a reliever, but he is expected to fill a much-needed left-handed relief role for the Angels, who spent most of 2014 without an effective left-hander in their bullpen.
A former Long Beach State teammate of Angels ace Jered Weaver, Ramos went 2-6 with a 3.70 earned run average in 43 games for the Rays last season, striking out 66 and walking 39 in 82 2/3 innings. He had a 2.92 ERA in 52 1/3 innings as a reliever and a 5.04 ERA in 30 1/3 innings as a starter.
Ramos was particularly effective in July and August, pitching to a 1.56 ERA in 17 1/3 innings, and he was tied for seventh in the
Ramos, a first-round pick of the
Sappington, a fifth-round pick out of Rockhurst (Mo.) University in 2012, struggled as a starter at double-A Arkansas and Class-A Inland Empire this season, going 2-11 with a 7.05 ERA, 69 walks and 65 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings.
But he thrived after moving to the bullpen in early July, finding better command of his fastball, which sits in the 96-mph range, and the sharpness of his slider.