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.