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Max Ramirez | Catcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 219
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Royals signed C Max Ramirez to a minor league contract.
Ramirez had been released by the Reds last week. The 29-year-old spent 2012-13 at Triple-A Omaha for the Royals and is now headed back there. May 27 - 7:34 PM

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Reds released C Max Ramirez.

Ramirez was batting just .192 with a .575 OPS in 20 games this season with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. The former Rangers prospect should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly.
May 22 - 3:43 PM

Reds signed C Max Ramirez to a minor league contract.

He'll also get an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old former top prospect hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2010 season, and slashed .263/.336/.375 with nine homers and 55 RBI at Triple-A Omaha this season. This move further bolsters the Reds' catching depth, on the same day that they signed Bryan Pena to a two-year deal to be their primary backup.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 09:10:00 PM

Royals re-signed C Max Ramirez to a minor league contract.

Ramirez posted a decent .300/.374/.473 with 17 homers and 77 RBI in 110 games this past season at Triple-A Omaha. The former top prospect just turned 28 years old.
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 01:10:00 PM

Max Ramirez belted a solo home run and a three-run shot Tuesday against the Padres.

Ramirez was in the DH slot rather than his regular spot behind the plate. The former top prospect signed a minor league deal with the Royals back in December and essentially has no shot to make the Opening Day roster. A career .217/.343/.357 hitter in his 140 major league appearances, he's been in six organizations over the past year.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 06:06:00 PM

Royals signed C Max Ramirez to a minor league contract.

Ramirez was one of the better catching prospects in the game a few years ago, but he's fallen on hard times. Kansas City is his sixth organization of 2011, which has to be close to a record. Beginning in Texas, where he was DFA'd on January 3rd, Ramirez has gone from the Red Sox to the Cubs to the to the Astros to the Giants. Ramirez has a meager .699 career OPS in the majors over 144 plate appearances, but he's always raked in the minors, posting an .867 OPS on the farm over his career. He's a very poor defender, so Ramirez will have to solve major league pitching to ever have a hope of sticking in the bigs.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 01:47:00 PM

Giants signed C Max Ramirez to a minor league contract.

Ramirez was one of the better catching prospects in the game a few years ago, but he's fallen on hard times, as this is the fifth organization he's been in since the beginning of the year. He's batted just .229/.267/.339 over 118 at-bats this season and, and although he'll given the Giants some much-needed catching depth in the minors, there's no guarantee he'd be an offensive upgrade over Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart.
Tue, Jun 21, 2011 07:53:00 PM

Astros released C Max Ramirez.

Ramirez inked a minor league contract with the Astros in early May but batted just .226/.253/.333 in 91 plate appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 26-year-old should draw interest from other organizations.
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 05:27:00 PM

Astros signed C Max Ramirez to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ramirez was dumped by the Cubs last week after batting just .235 in 40 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa. He did some nice things offensively while in the Rangers' organization and could climb his way to the majors quickly if Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles continue to sputter at the plate for Houston.
Tue, May 10, 2011 12:45:00 PM

Cubs released C Max Ramirez.

Ramirez was hitting just .235 through his first 40 plate appearances for Triple-A Iowa. In 85 plate appearances for the Rangers a year ago, he hit .217 while posting two home runs and a .341 on-base percentage. He should be able to latch on in somebody else's system.
Fri, May 6, 2011 02:58:00 PM

Cubs sent C Max Ramirez outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Given his history on the waiver wire, it's at least a little bit surprising that he passed through successfully. The 26-year-old backstop would likely be the first catcher called up to the big leagues in the event of an injury to Geovany Soto or Koyie Hill.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 01:59:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs have placed catcher Max Ramirez on waivers.

The Cubs would like to send Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa, but because he is out of options, he must be exposed to waivers. Though the 26-year-old backstop hasn't enjoyed much success in limited opportunities at the major league level, he should draw some interest.
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 10:29:00 PM

Max Ramirez was scheduled to get an MRI on his left wrist Wednesday.

The same wrist has given him trouble in the past, so hopefully it won't keep him sidelined for long. The 26-year-old is batting .294 (5-for-17) with one home run and nine RBI this spring and is expected to begin the season at the Triple-A level.
Wed, Mar 23, 2011 12:12:00 PM

Cubs claimed C Max Ramirez off waivers from the Red Sox.

Ramirez spent only five days in the Red Sox's system because the club needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for freshly inked reliever Hideki Okajima. Once regarded as a promising young catcher, Ramirez batted just .286/.373/.381 at Triple-A last year and turned 26 years old in October. If he climbs his way to the majors with the Cubs, it'll only be because of an injury.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011 03:06:00 PM

Red Sox claimed C Max Ramirez off waivers from the Rangers.

Funny. The Red Sox nearly traded Mike Lowell for Ramirez one year ago and now they're getting the 26-year-old catcher for free. Ramirez batted .217/.341/.348 with two home runs and eight RBI over 69 at-bats for the Rangers in 2010 and will act as organizational depth for the Sox this season.
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 04:19:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Brett Hayes
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Jason Frasor
6Francisley Bueno
7Scott Downs
8Bruce Chen
9Luke Hochevar