Its taken a while but with the help of Enjoy Terror I think I have come to terms with the Ynoa not Ramirez move.
1) Elias is big on players fully developing in the minors.
2) Elias is likely to trade veteran players in July.
So here is what I think the motivation is for the Elias moves:
Ramirez currently has 17 starts at AAA over 2 years. His ERA in those starts are 3.24. This is after he went 15-3 with a 3.47 ERA at AA. I think Elias sees him as a starter at the major league level in the near future. Probably after he gets 24 or 25 starts at AAA and completes his development.
Ynoa has 49 starts at AAA. He probably has developed as much as he can there. And although he was not pitching as well as Ramirez at AAA he was best choice in terms of development when they decided to DFA Wright.
I think Elias fully expects to try to trade his veteran starters in July. Cobb, Cashner and Straily could all go. Elias will need replacements. Bundy (26), Means (26), Hess (25) may remain. Ramirez (25) and Ynoa (26) may fill those rotation spots.
So maybe at least the move for Ynoa and the non move of Ramirez were not so stupid. What was stupid was it took a while for me to understand. If in deed I do.