Feb 1, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT
The Red Sox on Monday inked 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
It’ll be the second stint in the organization for Nelson, who received a World Series ring after pitching in three games and allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings in 2004. The oft-injured reliever broke through at age 33 for the Marlins in 2008, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 60/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. However, Florida non-tendered him anyway and the Rays never took much of a liking to him after signing him. He had a 4.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings before being dropped from the roster on Aug. 1.
Nelson stands little chance of winning a spot in the Boston bullpen, but he’ll qualify as nice insurance if he’s willing to open the year in Triple-A.
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