The Red Sox announced today that eight free agents have been signed to 2007 contracts with Triple-A Pawtucket and invited to spring training camp as non-roster players.Hughes, 28, pitched in the Washington organization in 2006, going 2-6, 2.32 with four saves in 51 appearances at Triple-A New Orleans and 0-0. 6.35 in eight games with the Nationals. Hughes is 1-1, 6.31 in 24 career major league appearances with Texas (2004) and Washington (2005-06).
The Red Sox provided the following details on the signings via a press release this afternoon:
The eight free agents are righthanded pitcher Travis Hughes, catcher Alberto Castillo, infielders Jeff Bailey, Luis Jimenez, Joe McEwing, Ed Rogers, and Bobby Scales, and outfielder Kerry Robinson.
Castillo, 36, also played in the Washington organization in 2006, batting .268 with 30 RBI in 88 games at Triple-A New Orleans. The veteran catcher has a career .222 average with 11 homers and 98 RBI in 407 major league contests with the Mets (1995-98), Cardinals (1999), Blue Jays (2000-01), Yankees (2002), Giants (2003), Royals (2004-05), and A’s (2005).
Bailey, 28, was re-signed by the Red Sox after batting .275 with team highs of 22 homers and 82 RBI in 134 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2006. This will be the first baseman’s fourth year in the Boston organization. Jimenez, 24, also returns to the Red Sox after producing a .276 average with 17 homers and 70 RBI in 115 games at Double-A Portland in 2006.
McEwing, 34, spent 2006 in the Houston organization, batting .315 with ten homers and 46 RBI in 112 games at Triple-A Round Rock and going hitless in six at bats over seven games with the Astros. The veteran has played extensively at second and third base and in the outfield in his career. He is a .251 career hitter with 25 homers and 158 RBI in 754 games with the Cardinals (1998-99), Mets (2000-04), Royals (2005), and Astros (2006).
Rogers, 28, joins the Boston organization after nine years in the Baltimore system. In 2006, the shortstop/third baseman hit .298 with five homers and 30 RBI in 86 games at Triple-A Ottawa and .200 with two RBI in 17 games with the Orioles. He has a .207 career mark in 30 major league contests.
Scales, 29, spent 2006 in the Philadelphia organization, batting .291 with seven homers and 44 RBI at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He spent his first seven pro seasons in the San Diego system.
Robinson, 33, was in the Kansas City organization in 2006, hitting .311 with two homers and 40 RBI in 100 games at Triple-A Omaha and .266 with five RBI in 18 games with the Royals. The outfielder’s career major league average is .267 with three homers and 56 RBI in 463 games with Tampa Bay (1998), Cincinnati (1999), St. Louis (2001-03), San Diego (2004), and Kansas City (2006). Robinson appeared in more than 100 games in three consecutive seasons with the Cardinals.