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Red Sox sign Albers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 16, 2010 04:02 PM

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The Boston Red Sox today signed right-handed pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year contract through the 2011 season. Additionally, the club sent infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson to the San Diego Padres, completing the December 6 trade in which the Red Sox acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Albers, 27, compiled a 5-3 record with a 4.52 ERA (38 ER/75.2 IP) and 49 strikeouts over a career-high 62 relief appearances with Baltimore in 2010. He tossed more than one inning on 25 occasions last season, tops among American League relievers, and also ranked among that group in innings pitched (3rd), winning percentage (4th, .625) and ground ball/fly ball ratio (10th, 2.12). Selected by Houston in the 23rd round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander is 15-25 with a 5.11 ERA (180 ER/317.1 IP) and 206 strikeouts over 181 career Major League appearances (23 starts) with the Astros (2006-07) and Orioles (2008-10).

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In other news, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox is reporting the Red Sox signed Ryan Harvey to a minor league deal.

The 26-year-old former first round pick (2003, sixth overall) is a failed outfielder and the Sox plan to convert him into a pitcher.

Harvey was 10-1 with a 1.46 ERA as a high school junior in Dunedin, Fla. A knee injury limited his pitching as a senior. But he's 6-foot-5, 225 pounds and reportedly has a strong arm. This is a classic low risk/potentially high reward kind of move.

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