The Red Sox picked up catcher Max Ramirez off waivers from Texas yesterday. That name may sound familiar, as he was the player going to the Sox from the Rangers last year in the aborted Mike Lowell deal.
Ramirez batted .217 in 25 games at Texas last year, and .286 at AAA Oklahoma City in 56 games.
The Sox also picked shortstop-turned-reliever Tony Pena Jr., the son of the onetime Red Sox catcher, earlier this week and signed him to a minor league contract.
Also, the plan to expand the bullpens at Fenway is now on hold, and possibly scrapped, due to the fact the Sox won't get any tax breaks from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.