Red Sox Claim Max Ramirez Off Waivers

The Red Sox have acquired catcher Max Ramirez off of waivers from the Texas Rangers according to a Jon Morosi tweet.

At one point, the Red Sox were hard on the trail of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, trying to acquire the catcher in a trade with the Texas Rangers that eventually fell through. Earlier this season, they picked up the young backstop on-the-cheap. The same can now be said for Max Ramirez, who was involved in the Mike Lowell talks early in 2010--a trade which eventually fell through over salary considerations and Lowell's injuries.

Ramirez and Saltalamacchia actually have a lot in common. Both were once highly-touted offense-first catching prospects who have fallen off in recent years, unable to translate their numbers to the higher levels. For Ramirez, though, it might be more a matter of health.

With their catching situation as unsure as it is, this move makes a lot of sense for the Red Sox. While it's unlikely that both Ramirez and Saltalamacchia make the team out of spring training, both players have the potential to surprise, and it's good to see that the options the Sox are stockpiling are of such high quality (compared to, say, Gustavo Molina and Kevin Cash).

Ramirez hit .217/.341/.348 in limited appearances with the Rangers last year, and .286/.373/.381 in Triple-A Oklahoma. He's just two years removed, however, from a 1.067 OPS season in Double-A and a long record of success in the lower levels.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker