This weekend the Chicago Cubs lost a catching prospect (Robinson Chirinos), and today they claimed one off waivers from the Red Sox. Max Ramirez, 26, actually isn’t much of a prospect anymore, but he was rated as a top 100 prospect as recently as 2008 with the Rangers. Since then, his career has nosedived, to the point that the Red Sox dumped him to open up a spot on their 40-man roster. Enter the Cubs, who could use a back-up-back-up catcher, and have some room to spare on the 40-man. It’s not clear what’s happened to him in the last two years leading to such a significant regression (1.067 OPS in 2008 at three levels of the minors, including AAA, down to .653 and .754 in 2009 and 2010, respectively), but the fact that he’s played just 136 games in the last two years combined could be an indication.
For now, he’s depth, and little more.