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12/26/2012 - 5:01pm
Patriots add three to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots Wednesday brought back three players and signed them to the practice squad.

WR Kamar Aiken, RB James Develin and DB Cyhl Quarles were all added to the practice squad. Aiken and Develin were released from the 53-man roster on Dec. 24. Quarles spent a few weeks on the practice squad earlier in the year.

Aiken, 23, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 22 and saw action in the win at Jacksonville on Dec. 23. He joined the Patriots practice squad on Nov. 19. Aiken originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Buffalo out of Central Florida in 2011. The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder began his rookie season on the Buffalo practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in November. Aiken was released by Buffalo after training camp this past summer and spent time on the practice squads of both Buffalo and Chicago this season.

Develin, 24, joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 1,...

12/26/2012 - 4:51pm
Farrell tells Bailey Hanrahan's the closer
By: DJ Bean

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Red Sox assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran revealed that recently acquired reliever Joel Hanrahan will be the Red Sox' closer going into spring training. Andrew Bailey, whom the Sox acquired last offseason but was limited to just 15 2/3 inning last season due to a thumb injury, will be a setup man.

O'Halloran said that manager John Farrell has told both players of their roles.

"I spoke with John earlier, and he has spoken with both Bailey and Hanrahan, so I don’t mind sharing with you that John plans to go into the spring with Hanrahan as the closer," O'Halloran said. "He talked to Andrew. We see Andrew as playing a very important role in the back end of our bullpen as well. There will be plenty of opportunities for him to help us win games in key situations late in the game, and we know he’s very capable both of closing and pitching in other high-leverage situations...

12/26/2012 - 4:40pm
Ugueth Urbina released from prison
By: DJ Bean

Former major league pitcher Ugueth Urbina, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2001-02, has reportedly been released from prison in Venezuela after being convicted of attempted murder in 2007. 

Urbina allegedly assaulted five workers on his farm in 2005 with a machete and poured gasoline on them because he believed they stole a gun from him. He was sentenced to over 14 years in prison, but reportedly was released on good behavior. 

Juan Urbina, Urbina's son and a pitcher in the Mets organization, tweeted two pictures of him with Urbina, one of which had the caption, "Finalmente con mi Padre! [Finally with my father!]"

The 38-year-old played baseball in prison and can still throw 90 mph....

12/26/2012 - 3:43pm
Red Sox make Drew signing official
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced the signing of shortstop Stephen Drew on Wednesday, making his one-year, $9.5 million deal official. 

The 29-year-old agreed to join the Sox last week after finishing last season with the Athletics. Prior to a midseason trade to Oakland, he had spent the first six-plus seasons of his career playing for the Diamondbacks, who selected him 15th overall in the 2004 draft. 

Between the A's and Diamondbacks last season, Drew hit .223/.309/.348 with seven homers and 28 runs batted in over 79 games. He will wear No. 7 for the Red Sox, which was worn by his brother, outfielder J.D. Drew, in Boston from 2007-11. 

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12/26/2012 - 1:53pm
Red Sox finalize Hanrahan trade

The Red Sox on Wednesday announced that they have completed a trade with the Pirates for two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan. The Sox also receive second baseman Brock Holt while sending right-handed reliever Mark Melancon, right-hander Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to Pittsburgh.

Hanrahan, 31, was fifth in the National League with 36 saves (out of 40 chances) in 2012. He had a 2.72 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .187 batting average and recording a WHIP of 1.274. He did not allow an inherited runner to score all season. He is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

Holt, 24, hit .292/.329/.354 in 24 games in 2012, his first in the majors.

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