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Red Sox add two minor league free agents

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 4, 2013 01:48 PM

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The Red Sox have signed infielder Jonathan Diaz and 1B/OF Mark Hamilton to minor league contracts. They were invited to spring training.

Diaz, 27, was a 2006 draft pick by Toronto. He has split each of the last four seasons between Double A and Triple A. Diaz hit .221/.339 /.284 last season. He is a shortstop and second baseman.

Hamilton, 28, was St. Louis’ second-round pick in the 2006 draft and has played in 47 major league games from 2010-11, hitting .197/.258/.246 in 66 plate appearances. He is a career .277/.364/.468 hitter in the minors, .291/.385/.494 line over 277 games in Triple A.

A lefthanded hitter with some power who can play first base and the outfield is certainly a player who could come in handy for the Sox.

These are players who, most likely, will start the season with Pawtucket.

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