The Red Sox have invited the following non-roster players to spring training:
Tony Pena Jr.
Juan Carlos Linares
The team officially announced the signings of Fox, Hoover, Luna and Pena today. Those additions were previously reported here and elsewhere.
In all, the Red Sox will have 60 players to start camp. The most prominent prospects who were invited to camp were Lavarnway, Lin, Linares, Wilson and Weiland.
It was a little bit of a surprise, at least to me, that third baseman Will Middlebrooks did not get the call, if only to give him some extra days of structured work. I also thought catcher Dan Butler might get a look. But their time will come.
Of the 20 non-roster players, Hill would appear to have the best chance of making the team. The lefty reliever from Milton will be competing for a spot in the bullpen. Hideki Okajima, who has a major-league contract, is the favorite but team officials have made it clear he doesn’t have a free pass onto the 25-man roster.