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Red Sox add Wilkerson

February 4, 2009
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With the days winding down to the start of spring training, the Red Sox have added more depth, agreeing to terms with outfielder/first baseman Brad Wilkerson on a minor league deal, according to a baseball source. The deal is pending a physical.

The 31-year-old lefthanded hitter hit .220 last season between Seattle and Toronto, with 4 home runs and 28 RBIs. He was released by the Mariners in May before signing on with the Blue Jays. Though he didn't show it last season, Wilkerson does have some power, having hit at least 20 home runs in three of his seven full seasons in the majors.

If Wilkerson reaches the big leagues in 2009, he will be paid a prorated portion of the $400,000 major league minimum. His deal includes incentives that could bring his payout to $1.5 million.

The Sox already seem to have a full outfield with Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, and J.D. Drew, plus reserves Rocco Baldelli and Mark Kotsay. Baldelli, though, does come with concerns about his health, having sat out much of last season with muscle fatigue issues. He was diagnosed with channelopathy this offseason.

AMALIE BENJAMIN and TONY MASSAROTTI

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