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A Flurry of Moves Keeps the Red Sox Active on Hall of Fame Announcement Day PDF Print E-mail
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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Joe Tetreault   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 17:39

Jayson Stark of ESPN tweets that the Red Sox signed Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Pena pitched in the Giants system in 2010, putting up solid strikeout numbers in relief. Pena converted to pitching in 2009 while with the Royals.

Boston claimed Max Ramirez off waivers from the Rangers. Texas had designated Ramirez for assignment to make room for Brandon Webb when the club announced the official signing. Ramirez had been targeted by the Red Sox in last offseason's Mike Lowell trade that the Rangers quashed when Lowell's physical showed damage to his thumb.  Ramirez had a challenging season in 2010, splitting time between Texas and their AAA affiliate, Oklahoma City. In Texas, Ramirez had a .217/.341/.348 batting line in 85 plate appearances.

Ramirez is out of options and therefore will need to be waived to be assigned to AAA Pawtucket at some point.  To make room on their 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated Matt Fox for assignment. Fox appeared in four games for Boston and Minnesota at the big league level in 2010. He split time between starting and relieving in the Twins system for the last six seasons.

In addition, the Red Sox announced the 11 players from their minor league system who would be participating in their 2011 Red Sox Rookie Program.  The program exists to help prepare young players for life as a major leaguer with the Red Sox.

Ten of the participants in the Rookie Program spent all of 2010 in the Red Sox organization: pitchers Robert CoelloStephen FifeStolmy PimentelJason Rice,Alex Wilson; catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway; infielders Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda; and outfielder Juan Linares. Also taking part will be pitcher Clevelan Santeliz, who was signed as a free agent in December 2010 after playing for the White Sox Triple-A Charlotte club.

Source: Red Sox

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RED SOX CLAIM CATCHER Max Ramirez OFF WAIVERS FROM TEXAS;

DESIGNATE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER Matt Fox FOR ASSIGNMENT

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today claimed catcher Max Ramirez off waivers from the Texas Rangers and designated right-handed pitcher Matt Fox for assignment.

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Ramirez, 26, split the 2010 season between the Rangers and Texas’ Triple-A Oklahoma City club.  A right-handed batter, he hit .286 (54-for-189) with nine doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI, 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 RBI, 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 RBI, 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 October 1, 2002, Ramirez has hit .298 (646-for-2,166) with 147 doubles, five triples, 77 home runs, 401 RBI, 335 runs and 333 walks while posting a .395 on-base percentage and slugging .477 over 615 minor league games in the Braves, Cleveland 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 RBI, 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 Minnesota Twins on September 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 on September 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).

 

ELEVEN PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN RED SOX 2011 ROOKIE PROGRAM

BOSTON, MA-- The Red Sox 2011 Rookie Program will begin January 10, 2011 in Boston.  Eleven of Boston’s top prospects will take part in the two-week program, which is designed to expose the players to the expectations of being Major Leaguers for the Red Sox.

Ten of the participants in the Rookie Program spent all of 2010 in the Red Sox organization: pitchers Robert CoelloStephen FifeStolmy PimentelJason Rice,Alex Wilson; catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway; infielders Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda; and outfielder Juan Linares. Also taking part will be pitcher Clevelan Santeliz, who was signed as a free agent in December 2010 after playing for the White Sox Triple-A Charlotte club.

The program includes two workouts daily that emphasize conditioning and strength training as well as concentration on fundamentals. In addition, the players are attending a number of seminars that will focus on the assimilation into Major League life off the field and will visit the Dana Faber Cancer Institute to meet with young patients receiving treatments at the Jimmy Fund.  They will also participate in a community service project with the Red Sox Foundation at The Children's Services of Roxbury Day Care facility .

A number of individuals will speak to the group, including President/CEO Larry Lucchino, General Manager Theo Epstein, manager Terry Francona, Major League coaches Dave Magadan and Curt Young, and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.


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