The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they have signed 12 players to minor league contracts, including lefty reliever Rich Hill and veteran major league pitcher Carlos Silva. All 12 have been invited to major league camp as non-roster players.
If Silva makes the major league roster, he will be paid a pro-rated salary of $1 million for the 2012 season.
Besides Hill and Silva, the list of players signed include pitchers Brandon Duckworth, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Charlie Haeger and Justin Thomas, shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and utility player Nate Spears.
The 31-year-old Hill is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent on June 9, 2011. He is in the midst of a streak of holding opponents scoreless for 15 straight outings, dating back to Sept. 14, 2010.
Silva, 32, pitched last season in the Yankees organization, combining to go 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA between Double and Triple A. Prior to '11, Silva spent nine season in the major leagues, with the Phillies (2002-03), Twins (2004-07), Mariners (2008-09), and Cubs (2010). Overall, Silva has a 70-70 mark in the majors with a 4.68 ERA. No active hurler with at least 750 innings has fewer walks per nine innings than the righty (1.73).
Silva is also remembered for the free agent contract he signed following the '07 season, in which he went 13-14 with a 4.19 ERA in 33 starts. The four-year deal he inked with the Mariners was for $48 million. After two years with Seattle he was dealt (with $9 million) to the Cubs in exchange for Milton Bradley.
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