Red Sox sign seven to minor league deals

January, 15, 2010

The Red Sox signed seven free agents to 2010 minor league contracts, and all seven have been invited to Spring Training camp as non-roster players.

The free agents, who will all be on the Pawtucket roster, are: right-handed pitchers Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno and Jorge Sosa; left-handed pitcher Brian Shouse; infielders Angel Sanchez and Gil Velazquez; and outfielder Darnell McDonald.

Cabrera, 28, spent the 2009 season in the Boston system, posting an 8.44 ERA (5 ER/5.1 IP) with eight strikeouts and four walks in six relief outings over two stints with the Red Sox. In 43 relief appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket, he recorded a 1.71 ERA (10 ER/52.2 IP) while going 0-3 with 22 saves.

Moreno, 29, played with the San Diego Padres in 2009, going 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA (12 ER/22.1 IP) in 19 games out of the bullpen. He also made 39 relief appearances with the Padres' Triple-A Portland affiliate, earning a 3-3 record with 10 saves, a 4.17 ERA (21 ER/45.1 IP), 40 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Sosa, 32, pitched in the Washington Nationals organization during the 2009 season, including 18 games out of the bullpen. He was 2-1 with two saves and a 6.45 ERA (16 ER/22.1 IP) in those outings while going 1-2 with three saves, a 2.79 ERA (15 ER/48.1 IP), 53 strikeouts and 13 walks in 20 appearances (four starts) for Triple-A Syracuse.

Shouse, 41, went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (14 ER/28.0 IP) in 45 relief outings for the Rays last year. He was on the disabled list from May 25 to July 26 with a left elbow strain and made four rehabilitation appearances with Single-A Charlotte, getting one save and a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP). The left-hander previously pitched for the Red Sox during the 1998 season and was 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA (5 ER/8.0 IP) in seven relief appearances.

Sanchez, 26, hit .305 (137-for-449) with 29 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 60 RBI and 67 runs scored in 126 games for the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate in 2009. The Puerto Rico native had a .970 fielding percentage (17 errors/569 total chances) in 116 games at shortstop and also made 10 appearances at second base (0 errors/58 total chances).

Velazquez, 30, played in six games for Boston last season, filling in at shortstop (four games) and third base (two games) while going 0-for-2 at the plate. He hit .193 (56-for-290) with three home runs and 18 RBI in 93 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, including appearances at all four infield positions and left field.

McDonald, 31, hit .267 (28-for-105) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored in 47 games over two stints with the Cincinnati Reds in 2009. In 73 games with Triple-A Louisville, he batted .314 (88-for-280) with 22 doubles, seven triples, nine home runs, 40 RBI, 42 runs scored and eight stolen bases.

Material from the Red Sox media relations department was used in this report.



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