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Mets designate Billy Hamilton for assignment, call up Erasmo Ramirez

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Hamilton’s poor baserunning decision in last night’s game made it his last with the Mets.

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The Mets have designated outfielder and pinch runner Billy Hamilton for assignment and called up right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to take his place on both the active and 40-man rosters. Hamilton made a major baserunning mistake in yesterday’s roller coaster Mets win when he was thrown out trying to steal third with nobody out and the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth inning.

That mistake wasn’t Hamilton’s first on the bases, and considering his speed and lack of hitting prowess, it makes sense that the Mets chose to part ways with him following the gaffe. In 25 plate appearances with the Mets, Hamilton hit .045/.083/.045 with a -65 wRC+.

As for Ramirez, he was an intriguing arm back in spring training, before the scope of the pandemic was apparent in the United States. The 30-year-old was solid a few years ago, but he struggled in the big leagues with a 6.50 ERA in 45.2 innings for the Mariners in 2018 and threw just three major league innings, all for the Red Sox, in 2019, racking up a 12.00 ERA in that tiny sample.