Max Ramirez is the player that the Red Sox were after last year when the Mike Lowell trade fell through, (thankfully!*) RHP Matt Fox is the player who was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Ramirez. Ramirez is 28 y.o. a catcher who has a pretty good looking offensive minor league line: .298/.395/.477/.972, 147 doubles, 5 triples, 77 home runs, 401 RBI, 335 runs in more than 600 minor league games in the Braves, Indians and Rangers organizations. Although he has appeared in 38 MLB games, his production at the plate was considerably less (.217 BA) than in the minor leagues. Insurance if Salty falters? Perhaps.
Matt Fox, 28, pitched 1.2 innings of relief with Boston last year allowing 2 ERs after being claimed by the Red Sox off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on September 9, 2010.
*I am an unabashed Mike Lowell supporter. I always claimed that 35 years old is not that old. In a stroke of luck by not consumating the trade with Texas last year, Lowell was available to play 1B for the remainder of the 2010 campaign after Youkilis suffered his thumb injury. While I wasn't happy that Youk was injured, I sure was happy to see Mike finish his career in a Boston Red Sox uniform.
Rangers catcher Max Ramirez hangs on to the ball after tagging out the Angels' Torii Hunter at home plate.