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"


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ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

Never hurts to have lots of catchers!

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4 years 6 months ago

It does when they are crap

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MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

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

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tacko
4 years 6 months ago

Nice consolation prize for missing out on Martin.

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AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 6 months ago

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

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coachofall
4 years 6 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

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Deadguy265
4 years 6 months ago

But Theo doesn’t want him for his defense.

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Dan
4 years 6 months ago

Nice. Theo gets another long sought after price.

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andrewyf
4 years 6 months ago

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

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rushforpresident
4 years 6 months ago

Theo seems to usually get what he wants eventually.

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not_brooks
4 years 6 months ago

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

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DarthVader87
4 years 6 months ago

They are like Pokemon, gotta catch em’ all.

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AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 6 months ago

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

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Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 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.

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not_brooks
4 years 6 months ago

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

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Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 months ago

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

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andrewyf
4 years 6 months ago

“Sox have wicked good catching depth in the minors”

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

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RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

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

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MaineSox
4 years 6 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.

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GoAwayNow
4 years 6 months ago

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

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BoSoxSam
4 years 6 months ago

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

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Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

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

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bosox21
4 years 6 months ago

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

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

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

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wickedkevin
4 years 6 months ago

Matt Albers!!!

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coolstorybro222
4 years 6 months ago

TROT NIXON!

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wickedkevin
4 years 6 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!

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0bsessions
4 years 6 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).

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0bsessions
4 years 6 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).

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4 years 6 months ago

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

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grownice
4 years 6 months ago

You play for the sox?!?!?

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Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

You play for the Pedants?

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not_brooks
4 years 6 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.

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Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

God this joke is getting tired. Just sayin’.

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Dustroia15
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks Kanye

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Dustroia15
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks Kanye

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Dustroia15
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks Kanye

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Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks Kanye