In response to a number of questions from readers, new Red Sox catcher Max Ramirez is out of minor-league options. So if he does not make the team out of spring training, he would have to be designated for assignment.
That does not necessarily mean he would be lost to another team, however. That the Red Sox were able to claim Ramirez means a significant number of teams passed on him. They very well could DFA him and outright him to AAA.
So Ramirez being out of options should not be a signal he will make the team. Beyond his roster status, this is a guy with a career batting average of .217 who has been traded twice and designated once. They're not exactly at risk of losing Johnny Bench.
A few other Red Sox tidbits for you:
• Jon Paul Morosi of Fox reports that the Rangers do not plan to pursue free agent closer Rafael Soriano. That is welcome news for the Red Sox.
Under baseball's arcane compensation rules. Elias ranks Type A free agents based on three seasons of statistics. Soriano rates higher than Adrian Beltre, so if Texas did sign Soriano, its first-round pick would go to Tampa Bay. Otherwise, the Red Sox would get it.
As its stands today, the Red Sox will get No. 19 (from Detroit) and No. 26 (from Texas) as compensation for Victor Martinez and Beltre. Plus two supplemental first round picks.
Now the Red Sox are waiting for a team to sign Type B free agent Felipe Lopez so they can collect another supplemental first rounder.
• Opening Day in Texas on April 1 will be a 4:05 p.m. game (ET) and be on ESPN.
• WEEI.com confirmed reports that the Red Sox will not be moving in the fences in right field to expand the bullpens. They dropped those plans several weeks ago after running into governmental red tape.