Giants sign C Max Ramirez to minor league deal

June 21, 2011, 11:20 pm
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June 21, 2011

The Giants have signed minor league free agent catcher Max Ramirez to a contract and assigned him to play with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, a source close to the situation has confirmed to

Ramirez, released last after hitting .226 with the Houston Astros' Triple-A affiliate, will wear No. 28 with the Grizzlies.

That number at the major league level belongs to Buster Posey, who is out for the season after a collision at home plate on May 25.

With their star catcher on the disabled list, the Giants have relied on Eli Whiteside on Chris Stewart, who have both struggled offensively in the 2010 Rookie of the Year's absence.