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Sox sign seven to minor-league contracts

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  January 15, 2010 04:21 PM

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The Red Sox announced the signings this afternoon of seven free agents to 2010 minor league contracts. All will be invited to spring training as non-roster players.

The seven free agents are righthanded pitchers Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno and Jorge Sosa, lefthander Brian Shouse, infielders Angel Sanchez and Gil Velazquez, and outfielder Darnell McDonald.

Cabrera, 28, spent the 2009 season in the Red Sox system, pitching six games in majors last season with an 8.44 ERA in 5.1 innings. In 43 relief appearances at Pawtucket, he recorded a 1.71 ERA and 22 saves. Cabrera, who has spent time with the Indians and Orioles, has a 5.14 ERA in parts of six big league seasons.

The 29-year-old Moreno made his major league debut with the Padres last season, going 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA in 22.1 innings and 19 games out of the bullpen. He will be entering his 12th professional season

Sosa, 32, pitched in the Nationals organization during the 2009 season, including 18 games out of the bullpen for Washington. He was 2-1 with two saves and a 6.45 ERA in 22.1 innings. Sosa is familiar to Sox fans, having spent 2002-04 with the Rays. He has a career 42-50 record with seven saves and a 4.72 ERA over parts of eight seasons with Tampa Bay, Atlanta (2005-06), St. Louis (2006), the New York Mets (2007-08), and Washington (2009).

Shouse, 41, went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 45 relief outings for the Rays last year. The southpaw has a career 13-10 record with six saves and a 3.72 ERA in 350.2 innings. This is his second stint in the Red Sox organization -- he pitched seven games for the '98 Sox, with a 5.62 ERA. He has also played for Pittsburgh (1993), Kansas City (2002), Texas (2003-06), Milwaukee Brewers (2006-08), as well as Tampa Bay.

Sanchez, 26, hit .305 with 29 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs, 60 RBI and 67 runs scored in 126 games for the Blue Jays' Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate last season. Sanchez played in eight games with Kansas City in 2006 and hit .222 in 27 at-bats.

The 30-year-old Velazquez played in six games for Boston last season, making appearances at shortstop (four games) and third base (two games) while going 0 for 2 at the plate. He hit .193 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 93 games for Pawtucket.

McDonald, 31, hit .267 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored in 47 games over two stints with the Reds last season. A first-round selection (26th overall) of Baltimore in the 1997 draft, McDonald has a .231 average (34 for 147) in 68 career games over parts of three seasons with the Orioles (2004), Twins (2007), and Reds (2009).

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