The Red Sox tried to trade Mike Lowell for Max Ramirez 13 months ago. Now they finally got their man.
The catcher was claimed off waivers from Texas today. RHP Matt Fox was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
These details from the team release:
Ramirez, 26, split the 2010 season between the Rangers and Texas’ Triple A Oklahoma City club. A righthanded batter, he hit .286 (54 for 189) with nine doubles, three home runs, 29 RBIs, 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 RBIs, 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 RBIs, 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 Oct. 1, 2002, Ramirez has hit .298 (646 for 2,166) with 147 doubles, five triples, 77 home runs, 401 RBIs, 335 runs, and 333 walks while posting a .395 on-base percentage and slugging .477 over 615 minor league games in the Braves, 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 RBIs, 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 Twins Sept. 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 Sept. 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).