The Boston Red Sox have signed veteran John Maine to a minor league deal, according to Steve DeShazo of Fredricksburg.com (h/t WEEI). Maine, 30, has a career 4.35 ERA and played five of his seven pro seasons with the New York Mets before having shoulder surgery, which kept him out of the bigs in 2011.
DeShazo notes that Maine would be a reliever if he makes the roster:
Maine signs with Red Sox - Steve DeShazo | Fredricksburg.com
"John Maine will have a new team and a new role in 2012. The Boston Red Sox confirmed Friday that they have signed Maine, a North Stafford High School graduate, to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. And Maine’s agent, Rex Gary, said the Red Sox plan to use Maine as a relief pitcher if he makes the roster. Maine, 30, has started 105 of 108 career appearances with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets."
Sox, Maine agree to minor league deal - WEEI
"Maine hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2010, when he made nine starts for the Mets. After undergoing shoulder surgery in '10, the righty signed a minor league deal with the Rockies, leading to 11 starts (1-3, 7.43 ERA) with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He would leave team voluntarily in June, with some consideration given to retiring, according to reports."
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