Sox announce signings of Nelson, Molina

February, 3, 2010

BOSTON, MA -- The Red Sox announced Wednesday the signings of catcher Gustavo Molina and right-handed pitcher Joe Nelson to minor league contracts. Both players will attend spring training as non-roster players and will be on the Pawtucket roster. reported both signings earlier in the week.

Molina, 27, played with Washington's Triple-A Syracuse affiliate last year. In 72 games, he batted .209 with two home runs and 24 RBI. He threw out 16 of 39 attempted base stealers.

Nelson, 35, was 3-0 with a 4.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. He struck out 36 while walking 27.

Nelson played with Boston twice before. In 2002 he spent time in the Red Sox's minor league system after being released by the Atlanta Braves, who picked him in the fourth round of the 1996 draft. Nelson was released by Boston that same season, but he returned to split his time between the minors and majors in 2004.



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