Monday, Jan. 10, 2010
By Patrick Mooney
Adding depth to their organization after the Matt Garza trade, the Cubs claimed catcher Max Ramirez off waivers from the Red Sox on Monday.
The 26-year-old Ramirez played in the 2007 Futures Game, but has had trouble sticking in the majors. Last week the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from Texas, where he hit .217 in 45 games spread across two seasons.
At Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, Ramirez hit .286 with a .373 on-base percentage in 56 games. A native of Venezuela, Ramirez has been involved in deals for Bob Wickman and Kenny Lofton.
In acquiring Garza from Tampa Bay, the Cubs were forced to give up five players, including catching prospect Robinson Chirinos, to strengthen the front of their rotation. Their 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.
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CLEVELAND — Kyle Schwarber is expected to be in the Cubs' lineup for Game 1 of the World Series, representing a wild, improbable comeback.
Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL during the first week of the regular season in a collision with Dexter Fowler in center field.
Now, more than six months later, he's back and deemed ready to go after appearing in Arizona Fall League action the last three days.
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As Mooney says, the Cubs even had front office members running up to their suite during the pennant celebration Saturday night at Wrigley Field to watch Schwarber's at-bats down in Arizona.
But with Schwarber back, that presents another ripple on the Andrew Miller storyline as the Indians' superstar reliever already posed a major threat to the Cubs before adding another left-handed bat into the fold that hasn't seen live pitching since early April.
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