According to a tweet from Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Cubs claimed catcher/first baseman Max Ramirez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox … the Sox claimed Ramirez off waivers from the Rangers last week.
Baseball America ranked the 26-year old (October 11, 1984) the 11th best prospect in the Rangers’ organization prior to the 2010 season. Ramirez will be added to the Cubs 40-man roster. Max Ramirez has played just 45 games in parts of two seasons (2008 and 2010) with the Rangers. Ramirez owns a .217/.343/.357/.699 line with four doubles and four home runs.
The right-hander hit .286/.373/.381/.754 in 56 games at Triple-A last season with nine doubles and three home runs.
Ramirez was once considered one of the best prospects in baseball. Prior to the 2009 season Ramirez was ranked 84th in Baseball America’s list of top 100 prospects.
With the addition of Max Ramirez, the Cubs big league roster stands at 39 players … with four of the 39 being catchers Geovany Soto, Welington Castillo, Ramirez and Koyie Hill.
According to a report from the Tribune, Ramirez will compete for a back-up job in Spring Training. Koyie Hill is expected to be Geovany Soto’s backup and Welington Castillo will also compete for playing time as well.
The Red Sox tried to sneak Ramirez through waivers after needing to open a roster spot for reliever Hideki Okajima. The Red Sox announced Okajima’s deal on Monday.