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Red Sox add one minor leaguer, lose two

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 22, 2011 11:52 AM

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The Red Sox have signed righthander Chorye Spoone to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training according to MASNSports.com.

Spoone, 26, is a former eighth-round draft pick who was 7-6, 4.50 in 31 games (19 starts) for Class AAA Norfolk and Class AA Bowie last season. He has been in the Orioles system for seven years.

Baseball America also reports that two players who saw time for the Red Sox last season Drew Sutton and Tommy Hottovy have departed as minor league free agents.

Sutton signed with the Braves and Hottovy with his hometown Royals.

A utility player, Sutton had a .315/.362/.444 with the Sox over 31 games and 60 plate appearances. He started games at third, second, shortstop and left field. That versatility could serve him well in the National League.

Sutton hit .295/.382/.476 in Pawtucket, He dislocated a finger in August and that cost him a September call-up.

The lefthanded Hottovy was an organizational player who became a side-arming reliever and made his way to the majors for the first time at the age of 29. He appeared in eight games, throwing four innings. He was quite adept at getting David DeJesus out, retiring him three times. Other batters were 4 for 12 with three walks.

Hottovy is from Kansas City. He and his wife had their first child this summer, so trying to make the Royals makes a lot of sense for him.

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