Red Sox Claim Max Ramirez Off Waiver From Texas

RED SOX CLAIM CATCHER MAX RAMIREZ OFF WAIVERS FROM TEXAS;

DESIGNATE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER MATT FOX FOR ASSIGNMENT

 

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today claimed catcher Max Ramirez off waivers from the Texas Rangers and designated right-handed pitcher Matt Fox for assignment.

 

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

 

Ramirez, 26, split the 2010 season between the Rangers and Texas' Triple-A Oklahoma City club.  A right-handed batter, he hit .286 (54-for-189) with nine doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI, 24 runs and 27 walks in 56 games with Oklahoma City, including tallying a .317 clip (38-for-120) in his 34 games at catcher.  He appeared in 26 games behind the plate for the Rangers, including 22 starts, and went 15-for-69 (.217) with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, eight runs and 12 walks in 28 games overall with Texas.  Ramirez also hit .286 (53-for-185) with nine doubles, two home runs, 19 RBI, 22 runs and 25 walks in 53 games with Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter League this offseason.

 

Originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent on October 1, 2002, Ramirez has hit .298 (646-for-2,166) with 147 doubles, five triples, 77 home runs, 401 RBI, 335 runs and 333 walks while posting a .395 on-base percentage and slugging .477 over 615 minor league games in the Braves, Cleveland Indians and Rangers organizations.  He made his Major League debut with Texas in 2008 and has gone 25-for-115 (.217) with four doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI, 16 runs and 18 walks in 45 career Major League contests, including 38 behind the plate.

 

Fox, 28, was claimed by the Red Sox off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on September 9, 2010 and tossed 1.2 innings of relief with Boston last year (2 ER).  He made his Major League debut with a start for the Twins on September 3, 2010 (2 ER/5.2 IP) after appearing in 35 games (21 starts) for Minnesota's Triple-A Rochester affiliate, going 6-9 with a 3.95 ERA (54 ER/123.0 IP) and 104 strikeouts.  A supplemental-round selection by the Twins in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Fox has a 35-28 record with three saves and a 3.71 ERA (223 ER/541.0 IP) in 145 career minor league games (80 starts).

 

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