Cubs Release Max Ramirez

The Cubs released catcher Max Ramirez, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports (on Twitter). The 26-year-old backstop is a free agent after a turbulent year that has seen him claimed off of waivers twice.

The Red Sox claimed Ramirez in January after coveting him for years. Five days later, they exposed him to waivers and the Cubs claimed him. Once a highly regarded prospect, Ramirez hit just .235/.300/.353 in 40 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa. It's far from his career minor league line of .297/.394/.474, but the sample is small enough that another organization figures to give him a chance if he's looking for one. The Twins, for example, could sign him to a minor league deal.


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  1. Brad Vance 4 years ago

    The Rangers were so high on his bat after the Lofton trade. Sad to see.

    • wickedkevin 4 years ago

      Rangers were also quite high on Salty and Teagarden.

  2. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    seems like nobody wants him

  3. coachofall 4 years ago

    funny thing is he would still be the best option for the Red Sox and this time won’t cost a 40 man roster spot like it did this summer. He will be the Sox Starting catcher by Memorial Day….which says more about the crap thats already there than this guys talent

  4. Johnny Garcia 4 years ago

    Wouldn’t mind seeing the Mariners take a flyer on him.

  5. andrewyf 4 years ago

    Theo Epstein: “Can he catch?”

    • Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

      EDIT:

      Theo Epstein: “Can he somehow put a ball in play while batting all while defensively positioned behind the plate?”

      • TartanElk 4 years ago

        New meme. I like it. It’s simple and easy to remember at a moments notice.

    • Cosmo3 4 years ago

      Brian Cashman: “Can he pitch?”

      • andrewyf 4 years ago

        The funny thing about that is the answer to that question has usually been yes.

  6. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Max being Max.

  7. woadude 4 years ago

    I can see the Red Sox claiming him again.

  8. elclashcombo 4 years ago

    Seems like a typical catcher’s slash line.

    In all seriousness though, why are catchers the offensive problem childs in a line-up?

    Is it the extra wear and tear on their bodies? Rare to see a top producing catcher in the big leagues.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      because usually when someone is good offensively they won’t put them behind the plate because of the extra responsibility and wear and tear.. which leads to those not gifted offensively to take on the roll.

      Like Delgado.

    • strikethree 4 years ago

      Also, when playing in high school/college, most major leaguers were probably athletic enough to play other positions. Nobody likes to catch and crouch the whole game. (plus catching a 90+ fastball + major league curve ball is no fun) And usually, the most athletic players are the better hitters.

      Additionally, most teams don’t like tall catchers (apart from Mauer) and most major leaguers are pretty damn tall. (and yes, teams worry about diminishing production because of the wear and tear)

      Clearly, this just speculation but it sounds reasonable.

  9. Fangaffes 4 years ago

    Ramirez could rejoin Theo’s stable of mediocre catchers. Seriously, though, McKenry seems like a better option at this point.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      mckenry’s putting some pressure on right now as a defense-first catcher hitting .308/.426/.513 in AAA

  10. Matt Galvin 4 years ago

    Lofton has been retired for along time.

  11. gqmp 4 years ago

    Astros could take a flyer on him.

    A cheep backup to fit uncle draton”s budget

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