The Chicago Cubs today claimed catcher Max Ramirez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.
Ramirez was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox from the Texas Rangers last Wednesday, January 5. He split the 2010 campaign between the Rangers and their Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate. Ramirez played 56 games with Oklahoma City, batting .286 (54-for-189) with nine doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI and a .373 on-base percentage. In 28 games in the big leagues last year, Ramirez batted .217 (15-for-69) with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and a .341 on-base percentage.
The 26-year-old Ramirez played in the 2007 Futures Game and was rated as having the best strike zone judgment in the Carolina League (Single-A) following that season. Ramirez made his major league debut a season later with the Rangers and batted .217 (10-for-46) with two home runs and nine RBI in 17 games.
Ramirez has a career .217 batting average (25-for-115) with four doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and a .343 on-base percentage in 45 major league games with Texas (2008 and 2010).
A native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Ramirez was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on October 1, 2002. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Ramirez spent one season in the Cleveland organization after being acquired for pitcher Bob Wickman on July 20, 2006. He joined the Rangers on July 27, 2007 in the trade that sent outfielder Kenny Lofton to Cleveland.