An industry source confirmed that the Red Sox have signed 30-year-old outfielder Mitch Maier to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training. Maier averaged 122 big league games in 2009-10 while posting a .254/.333/.354/.688 line during those two seasons with the Royals. However, he's played just 77 big league games over the last two years.
A 2003 first-round pick by the Royals (at a time when current VP of player personnel Allard Baird was the Kansas City GM), Maier can play all three outfield positions. The left-handed hitting Maier seemingly represents a minor league depth option at a time when the Sox have just one known starter (Jacoby Ellsbury) for their 2013 big league outfield.
Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter ) first reported the move.
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