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Red Sox add Brown to OF depth chart

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 1, 2014 09:53 PM

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Corey Brown, a supplemental first round draft pick in 2007, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Red Sox and was invited to spring training.

Brown, 28, was drafted by Oakland out of Oklahoma State then traded to the Washington Nationals in 2010. The Nationals sold Brown back to Oakland in December. He was designated for assignment last month then released on Friday after refusing an assignment to Triple A.

Brown played 36 games in the majors for the Nationals from 2011-13, going 7 for 40 (.175) at the plate with a double and a home run. He is a career .267 hitter in the minors with 123 home runs. Brown hit .254/.326/.473 for Triple A Syracuse last season. He had 19 home runs but also struck out 132 times in 389 at-bats.

Brown is primarily a center fielder with some experience on the corners. The Red Sox lack outfield depth in Triple A and Brown will likely compete for time with Pawtucket.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston had the news on Brown.

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RHP Brandon Workman returned to the University of Texas on Saturday and pitched for the alumni team against the Longhorns in an exhibition game. He started and pitched a perfect inning, throwing all seven pitches for strikes.

LHP Drake Britton posted on Twitter that he had arrived in Fort Myers. Pitchers and catchers officially report on Feb. 15 but players started arriving two weeks ago.

Ryan Lavarnway will get some work at first base this spring according to colleague Nick Cafardo.

Infielder David Renfroe, a third-round pick in 2009, has retired according to Single A Salem announcer Evan Lepler.

Renfroe was signed to a $1.4 million bonus. A two-way player in high school, Renfroe was signed as a hitter but posted a career line of .232/.300/.357 with 23 home runs in 1,191 at-bats.

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