Extra Bases

Catching up on a few things from the Meetings

A few tidbits for you:

• The Red Sox have added two split-squad games to their spring-training schedule. They will play Houston in Kissimmee on March 16 and host the Astros in Fort Myers on March 21. The Astros are managed by former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills.

• Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer said he had a lot of interest in taking Casey Kelly in the 2008 draft, but he selected southern California right-hander Gerrit Cole instead.

“Great kid,” he said of Kelly. “One of the best kids I’ve ever dealt with. Very mature.”

Oppenheimer believes Kelly has a bright future as a pitcher and that he is making the right move giving up shortstop.

• Brad Mills, for what it’s worth, believes the Red Sox will eventually sign Jason Bay.

• If the Red Sox can move Mike Lowell — and they seem to believe they can — they could make a move on free agent Adrian Beltre.

• According to the Providence Journal, the Sox interviewed Brian Daubach for a possible role in their farm system.

• This is old news, but this press release just came in from the Sox:

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today signed left-handed pitcher Fabio Castro to a non-guaranteed one-year contract and claimed right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Castro, 24, combined to go 9-6 with a 4.01 ERA (73 ER/164.0 IP) in 29 starts between Toronto’s Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas affiliates last year. The left-hander struck out 105 batters between the two stops. He posted a 2.47 ERA (12 ER/43.2 IP) while going 0-1 in nine starts for the Gigantes del Cibao in the 2009 Dominican Winter League.

Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 2001, Castro has made 30 Major League appearances (one start) over parts of two seasons with the Texas Rangers (2006) and Philadelphia Phillies (2006-07), going 0-1 with one save and a 3.30 ERA (16 ER/43.2 IP).

Ramirez, 27, logged a 3.65 ERA (5 ER/12.1 IP) in 11 relief appearances over two stints for the Reds last season. He spent most of the year with Cincinnati’s Triple-A Louisville affiliate, going 6-7 with a 4.03 ERA (57 ER/127.1 IP) in 31 games, including 20 starts.

The right-hander was originally signed by the San Diego Padres as a non-drafted free agent in 2000. He is 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA (13 ER/39.1 IP) in 16 career Major League games (four starts), all as a member of the Reds from 2008-09. Ramirez was released by Tampa Bay on December 3 after being acquired off waivers from Cincinnati on November 9.

The Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 37.

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