The Royals gave up a promising bullpen arm for the enigmatic, for some reason always wanted, Coco Crisp. The Royals sent Ramon Ramirez to the Red Sox.
The Royals got Ramirez in a trade with Colorado before last season, so impressed with his stuff that they projected him to be their closer.
With a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, Ramirez is a power pitcher who seems suited for the late innings. He was one of the primary setup men for closer Joakim Soria and flourished in that spot, going 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings