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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