The Boston Red Sox tendered a trade offer to the New York Mets that would have sent Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Big Apple in exchange for veteran catcher Rod Barajas. The deal, however, was at least temporarily tabled when Barajas landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, according to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and WEEI’s Alex Speier.

While the deal may not be entirely dead, the Red Sox aren’t likely to pursue another injured catcher with Jason Varitek nursing a broken foot and Victor Martinez having just returned from the disabled list.

As Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors points out, the Red Sox are clearly seeking Major League catching depth beyond the services of Kevin Cash and Dusty Brown, and the attempt to deal Ramirez certainly emphasizes Boston’s lack of confidence in the formerly dominant righty.

Perhaps all’s well that ends well, since this deal would certainly represent no more than a swap of under-performing talent.

Barajas has hit just .228 with 12 homeruns for New York this year, and Ramirez has seemed a shadow of his old self posting a 4.69 ERA in his second year with Boston.

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