Monday January 10, 2011 | 04:43 PM

Max Ramirez is simply not destined to catch for the Boston Red Sox.

Last year, the Red Sox thought that they had Ramirez in a trade with Texas involving Mike Lowell. But the deal fell through because of Lowell's thumb injury.

Then Ramirez joined the Red Sox on Jan. 5, on waivers from Texas.

But when Boston officially announced the re-signing of reliever Hideki Okajima today, the Red Sox had to make room on their 40-man roster. Ramirez was taken off the 40-man and put on waivers.

Boston likely hoped that Ramirez would clear waivers and be sent to the Triple-A roster. But the Cubs claimed Ramirez, ending his Red Sox "career" after five days.

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