The Red Sox have signed pitchers Carlos Silva, Aaron Cook and Justin Germano minor league deals.
Silva had a 4.22 ERA and 1.274 WHIP in 113 innings (21 starts) for the 2010 Cubs. In 2011, he pitched 36 innings at three levels of the minors for the Yankees before going on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness in early June. He was released a month later.
Cook (a sinkerball pitcher) appeared in 18 games (17 starts) for the Rockies last year, with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.691 WHIP (allowing nearly 12 hits per 9 innings). While his 2011 BABIP was inflated (.345), his WHIP has been too high for the last three years. Pitching coach Bob McClure worked with Cook in Colorado.
Germano pitched in Korea last season after making nine appearances with Cleveland. In 2010, he had a 3.31 ERA in 35.1 innings for Cleveland. He has also pitched in San Diego for three seasons.
The Red Sox announced the signing of an additional 11 players to minor league contracts, with spring training invites.
Longtime Mets coach Randy Niemann has accepted a job as the Red Sox's assistant pitching coach. Neimann had been with the Mets for 24 years and worked with Bobby Valentine from 1997-99.
Bobby Jenks has had a second surgical procedure on his back and will not be ready for the start of spring training.
Mike Andrews of Sox Prosepcts gives an overview of the Boston farm system for 2012. ... Jarroid Saltalamacchia says the Red Sox players have long since closed the door on 2011 and are looking forward. ... Ryan Sweeney is gritty.