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Report: Red Sox sign OF Carlos Quentin to minor league contract


Report: Red Sox sign OF Carlos Quentin to minor league contract

The Red Sox have signed outfielder Carlos Quentin, 34, who hasn't played in the major leagues since 2014 with the San Diego Padres, to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network reported.

Quentin, a right-handed hitter, went to spring training with the Minnesota Twins last season before spending the season in the Mexican League. He was with the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A Tacoma affiliate in 2015.

WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that Red Sox scout Eddie Bane told the team that Quentin has lost 40 pounds. 

A career .253 hitter, Quentin came up to the majors in 2006 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and his best seasons were with the Chicago White Sox from 2008-11, including a 36-homer, 100-RBI, .288-hitting season in 2008.

Earlier this winter, the Red Sox claimed ex-Cincinnati Reds outfielder Steve Selsky off waivers. Quentin, Selsky and minor league free agent signees Brian Bogusevic and Junior Lake, along with minor leaguers Rusney Castillo and Bryce Brentz, will compete for reserve outfielder spots in spring training, which begins when pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. The full squad reports on Feb. 17. 




Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.