Red Sox Claim Max Ramirez, DFA Matt Fox

The Red Sox claimed catcher Max Ramirez from the Rangers, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan (on Twitter). Boston's interest in Ramirez is well-documented; last offseason the Rangers and Red Sox discussed a deal that would have sent Mike Lowell to Texas for Ramirez.

The Red Sox announced that they designated right-hander Matt Fox for assignment to create roster space for Ramirez. Boston claimed Fox off of waivers from the Twins on September 9th and he recorded five outs in a Red Sox uniform. The 2004 supplementary first rounder posted a 3.95 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 123 innings for the Twins' Triple-A affiliate last year.

The Rangers designated Ramirez for assignment last week to create roster space for Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes. The team already has three backstops on its 40-man roster: Taylor Teagarden, Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor.

Ramirez appeared in 28 games for the Rangers last year, batting .217/.341/.348 in 85 plate appearances. The 26-year-old has spent most of his seven-year pro career in the minors, where he has a .298/.396/.476 line. 

Before the 2010 season, Baseball America wrote that Ramirez is "a plus hitter who works the count and drives the ball to all fields" when healthy. However, the publication described the catcher as a below-average defender with below-average arm strength and well below-average running speed.


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85 Comments on "Red Sox Claim Max Ramirez, DFA Matt Fox"


ellisburks
4 years 7 months ago

Never hurts to have lots of catchers!

4 years 7 months ago

It does when they are crap

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

It still doesn’t hurt, it just doesn’t help as much as having a good catcher does.

tacko
4 years 7 months ago

Nice consolation prize for missing out on Martin.

AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 7 months ago

Eh. Max Ramirez is terrible defensively, Martin is one of the best defensive catchers in the game.

coachofall
4 years 7 months ago

Martin hasn’t played since breaking his hip and just recently had knee surgery. I think it’s a little off to call him “one of the best defensive catchers in the game.” Matt Williams was a great 3rd baseman at one point….doesn’t mean he still is

Deadguy265
4 years 7 months ago

But Theo doesn’t want him for his defense.

Dan
4 years 7 months ago

Nice. Theo gets another long sought after price.

andrewyf
4 years 7 months ago

That’s like me buying 100,000 shares of Enron today.

rushforpresident
4 years 7 months ago

Theo seems to usually get what he wants eventually.

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Is there a reason Boston is collecting formerly promising Texas catchers?

DarthVader87
4 years 7 months ago

They are like Pokemon, gotta catch em’ all.

AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 7 months ago

Taylor “Boston Tea Party” Teagarden is the only survivor.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

Sox have wicked good catching depth in the minors, i have a feeling there going switch him to DH-1B and hope he can catch on and stay healthy. best case is he can spell ortiz vs. left hand pitching at some point in the season.

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

I have a feeling he’s not going to make the 25 man roster.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

dont think he will either but his minor league number suggest he could be at least useful

andrewyf
4 years 7 months ago

“Sox have wicked good catching depth in the minors”

How can people even think this? The complete opposite is true.

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

There’s a ton of depth! It’s just not all the highest quality.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

He may have been overstating it but the complete opposite is actually farther from the truth. An accurate statement would be “Sox have reasonably good catching depth in the minors”. With Lavarnway, whose defense is not good but getting better and offense is outstanding, Exposito, Federowicz, Butler, and Ibarra all in their top 40 prospects along with Wagner who is not great but could be a backup right now I would say that they have reasonably good depth.

GoAwayNow
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe not the complete opposite but close, we do have 2. Lavarnway prob won’t make it as a catcher though.

BoSoxSam
4 years 7 months ago

Well, we do actually have the depth part. The quality of those players can be debated though.

Fangaffes
4 years 7 months ago

It’s just to rub Texas’ nose in it for asking for Buchholz.

bosox21
4 years 7 months ago

This move really puts the Red Sox over the top. Clear favorites now in the AL East.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

I thought we were clear favorites when we signed Hector Luna?

wickedkevin
4 years 7 months ago

Matt Albers!!!

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

TROT NIXON!

wickedkevin
4 years 7 months ago

Just wait until we resign Pedro (for a day so he can retire as a member of the Red Sox) then we will be stacked!

0bsessions
4 years 7 months ago

I genuinely wish. Pedro’s pretty much a first ballot hall of famer and anything to increase the odds of him going into the hall with a Sox cap on (Which I figure is a given anyway, but I love Pedro and would get a kick out of it).

0bsessions
4 years 7 months ago

I genuinely wish. Pedro’s pretty much a first ballot hall of famer and anything to increase the odds of him going into the hall with a Sox cap on (Which I figure is a given anyway, but I love Pedro and would get a kick out of it).

4 years 7 months ago

@Matt Albers!!! – haha diehard o’s fan here honestly GOOD LUCK HE SUCKS

grownice
4 years 7 months ago

You play for the sox?!?!?

Fangaffes
4 years 7 months ago

You play for the Pedants?

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

You guys don’t know what you’re talking about.

The Orioles became the clear favorite in AL East when they re-signed Cesar Izturis.

Fangaffes
4 years 7 months ago

God this joke is getting tired. Just sayin’.

Dustroia15
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Kanye

Dustroia15
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Kanye

Dustroia15
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Kanye

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Kanye

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Wonder if Texas wants Mikey Lowel for him still 😉

4 years 7 months ago

Yes because Mike Lowell is a FA and therefore free. It was never about the talent returning for Max Ramirez, it was about how much $$ the Red Sox would pick up.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

I actually like this, he also has some (although limited) experience at first and third and bats right handed (heaven knows we could use that this year).

quintjs
4 years 7 months ago

Its funny the Sox wanted Salty and Ramirez years ago, and now get them for free. Yes they have little value, but still funny.

wickedkevin
4 years 7 months ago

They wanted Max last year. Mike Lowell trade.

chowdah219
4 years 7 months ago

I think the really funny thing about it was rangers fans saying Buchholz wasn’t even close to enough for Salty…same with Ramirez..This just proves the theory that ALL teams fans overvalue the prospects..

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

I’m probably more excited about this than I should be, and I’m not that excited.

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

When he got he released, I knew the Red Sox would go after him, he can come up if the have injury problems at catcher

DiehardDbak
4 years 7 months ago

You have to comment if you at first thought it said Manny Ramirez.

GoAwayNow
4 years 7 months ago

i did a doubletake!

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Perhaps combined Salty and Ramirez, if they play defense together at the same time might form a pretty good catcher

mike073
4 years 7 months ago

True, Ramirez’ accuracy to the pitcher is far better than Salty’s.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Salty can call the game and catch, Ramirez will throw back to the pitcher and to potential basestealers, and they can both block pitches in the dirt.

Sounds pretty good to me.

TartanElk
4 years 7 months ago

Rube Baker’s, on the other hand, is absolutely awful.

kevmill21
4 years 7 months ago

i liked max. and he may have a future as a DH/1B, although i highly doubt its with the red sox. he was one BAD BAD BAD catcher though.

John06279
4 years 7 months ago

he is going to have to clear waivers again if they plan to put him in pawtucket. No room for him on the major league roster

John06279
4 years 7 months ago

won’t he have to pass through waivers again if the plan to send him to pawtucket? no room on the roster for him at the major league level

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

Salty can be moved down to AAA. I’m sure they will be a competition in spring training between the 2 of them.

soxfan0928
4 years 7 months ago

I’m sure he’s got options.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Actually he’s out of options, that’s why he was put on waivers.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

Lavarnaway, Exposito, federowitz, Ibarra, Butler plus three others in A ball all under 23 years old. Thiers no joe mauer types but theirs plenty of promise.

BoSoxSam
4 years 7 months ago

quantity over quality for sure. And I’m all right with that.

soxfan0928
4 years 7 months ago

Better than Kevin Cash. Period.

4 years 7 months ago

Bucky Lagrange* is a better catcher than Cash.

*Didn’t catch the reference? The no-armed shortstop from Family Guy..

4 years 7 months ago

The Sox sure do like Texas’ catchers, too bad they all suck.

SophmoreCamelCharlestown
4 years 7 months ago

The Sox have just announced they signed Jim Sundberg as their quest to acquire every Ranger catcher.

Max will be a DH possibly replacing Big Papi in 2012.

jlasovage
4 years 7 months ago

no way he replaces papi. why waste a dh spot on an unproven kid. no i’m thinking they just start rotating through there roster and have no more full time dh when they let papi go. however my money is on him signing on the cheap for 1-2 more yrs.

Dustroia15
4 years 7 months ago

While his line isn’t impressive, he still put up a solid OBP (10 points lower than VMart).

If he could hit .235, with a .360 OBP, he would be fine at the bottom of the lineup as a league minimum catcher….too bad he can’t catch.