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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22 Comments on "Cubs Release Max Ramirez"


Brad Vance
4 years 3 months ago

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

wickedkevin
4 years 3 months ago

Rangers were also quite high on Salty and Teagarden.

Rick Garcia
4 years 3 months ago

seems like nobody wants him

coachofall
4 years 3 months 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

Ben_Cherington
4 years 3 months ago

dude….salty is a HOFer!!!

Johnny Garcia
4 years 3 months ago

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

andrewyf
4 years 3 months ago

Theo Epstein: “Can he catch?”

Ben_Cherington
4 years 3 months ago

EDIT:

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

TartanElk
4 years 3 months ago

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

Cosmo3
4 years 3 months ago

Brian Cashman: “Can he pitch?”

andrewyf
4 years 3 months ago

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

Gumby65
4 years 3 months ago

Max being Max.

woadude
4 years 3 months ago

I can see the Red Sox claiming him again.

elclashcombo
4 years 3 months 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 3 months 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.

Locode
4 years 3 months ago

*role

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

good for you.

strikethree
4 years 3 months 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.

Fangaffes
4 years 3 months ago

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

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

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

Matt Galvin
4 years 3 months ago

Lofton has been retired for along time.

gqmp
4 years 3 months ago

Astros could take a flyer on him.

A cheep backup to fit uncle draton”s budget