Red Sox announce Hill, Mijares signings

Red Sox announce Hill, Mijares signings
February 9, 2014, 2:30 pm
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The Red Sox officially announced the signings of two left handed relievers on Sunday. Both Rich Hill and Jose Mijares have been signed to minor-league contracts with invites to spring training and will compete for spots in the Boston bullpen.

The team also signed four more to minor league deals. Outfielder Scott Cousins, righty pitcher Chris Resop and righty Jose Valdez all signed with the Sox and will report to minor-league camp.

For Hill, this isn't unfamiliar territory. After signing a minor-league deal with the Cardinals in 2010, he opted out of his contract to sign with the Red Sox. Early in the 2011 season, the Sox purchased Hill's contract but soon thereafter he injured his throwing elbow and required Tommy John surgery.

Hill spent all of 2012 with the Red Sox and then was reunited with manager Terry Francona, pitching out of the Indians bullpen in 2013 where he put together a 6.28 ERA as a lefty specialist, throwing 38.2 innings in 63 appearances.

Mijares pitched in 60 games last season for the Giants, compiling a 4.22 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 49 innings.

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