Aug. 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres pitcher Tommy Layne (40) is congratulated by catcher Yasmani Grandal (12) after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Padres defeated the Diamondbacks 5 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox Sign Two To Minor League Deals


The typical off season stock piling of veteran talent has begun for the Boston Red Sox.

The Sox signed utility player Mike McCoy to a minor league deal. McCoy, 32, has played 170 MLB games with both Colorado and Toronto from 2009-12. McCoy has a robust .190 average in 336 AB’s with minimal power. McCoy has seen action in all positions except 1B and catching. In 2011 he managed to pitch one inning of relief in a 16-4 loss against Boston.

The signing of McCoy is similar to the signing last off season of Jonathan Diaz, another player manager John Farrell was familiar with from his days in the Toronto organization.

In a second signing the Red Sox put lefthander Tommy Layne under a minor league contract. Layne, 29, has appeared in 40 games over the 2012-13 seasons while with the San Diego Padres. Layne, a specialist, has a 2-2 MLB record with a career 2.84 ERA. Layne also has two career saves.

Both will be invited to spring training

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