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12/09/2009 2:36 PM ET
Red Sox Sign LHP Fabio Castro to One-Year Contract; Claim RHP Ramon Ramirez off Waivers from Tampa Bay Rays
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BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today signed left-handed pitcher Fabio Castro to a non-guaranteed one-year contract and claimed right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Castro, 24, combined to go 9-6 with a 4.01 ERA (73 ER/164.0 IP) in 29 starts between Toronto's Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas affiliates last year. The left-hander struck out 105 batters between the two stops. He posted a 2.47 ERA (12 ER/43.2 IP) while going 0-1 in nine starts for the Gigantes del Cibao in the 2009 Dominican Winter League.

Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 2001, Castro has made 30 Major League appearances (one start) over parts of two seasons with the Texas Rangers (2006) and Philadelphia Phillies (2006-07), going 0-1 with one save and a 3.30 ERA (16 ER/43.2 IP).

Ramirez, 27, logged a 3.65 ERA (5 ER/12.1 IP) in 11 relief appearances over two stints for the Reds last season. He spent most of the year with Cincinnati's Triple-A Louisville affiliate, going 6-7 with a 4.03 ERA (57 ER/127.1 IP) in 31 games, including 20 starts.

The right-hander was originally signed by the San Diego Padres as a non-drafted free agent in 2000. He is 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA (13 ER/39.1 IP) in 16 career Major League games (four starts), all as a member of the Reds from 2008-09. Ramirez was released by Tampa Bay on December 3 after being acquired off waivers from Cincinnati on November 9.

The Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 37.

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