Rangers trade reliever Ramirez to A's

In a move designed to bolster infield depth, the Texas Rangers traded relief pitcher Edwar Ramirez to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Gregorio Petit on Wednesday.

The Rangers had acquired Ramirez from the New York Yankees on March 9 for cash considerations. He had a 5.73 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 22 innings of work (20 relief appearances) with New York in 2009. The Rangers did not option Ramirez before making the trade, so that option transfers with him to Oakland.

Petit, who had a .278 batting average in 54 at-bats over the past two seasons for the Athletics, comes into the Rangers camp as a non-roster infielder. Infielder Hernan Iribarren was cleared through waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Rangers continue to look for utility infield options. Petit will have a short time to try to impress the Rangers as they figure out the final roster decisions prior to the season. Joaquin Arias and Esteban German remain the leading candidates internally. The club is still evaluating and probably will be right up until the end of spring training.