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Baseball notebook: Red Sox sign Mitchell Boggs to minor league deal

The Red Sox signed relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs to a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training, general manager Ben Cherington said Monday.

The righthander, who turns 31 in February, has 241 games of major league experience.

Boggs pitched effectively for the Cardinals in 2012, posting a 2.21 ERA in 78 appearances. It was part of a three-year stretch in which he became one of the team’s primary setup men thanks to a fastball that was regularly at 95-96 miles per hour.

Boggs started slowly in 2013 and was demoted to Triple A Memphis. That led to a July trade to the Rockies.

Boggs has not pitched in the majors since. He was signed by the White Sox and Giants last season but could not get out of Triple A with either team. Boggs had an 8.29 ERA and 2.16 WHIP over 37 games and 51 innings. He walked more (26) than he struck out (23).

Boggs, who has 17 games of postseason experience, will be part of a large group of pitchers looking for a spot in the Red Sox bullpen. He had surgery to repair a hernia in October but should be ready for spring training.

Phillies ink Harang

Philadelphia signed well-traveled righthander Aaron Harang to a $5 million, one-year contract. Harang joins his eighth major league team and third in the National League East in three years. He was 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts for the Braves last season. The 36-year-old joins a rotation that currently includes lefthanders Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee . . . The Braves reached a one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said. The sides were said to have talked for some time. The 38-year-old was released by the Red Sox July 16 and signed as a free agent by St. Louis.


Haren’s intentions known

The Marlins have given up trying to persuade righthander Dan Haren to pitch for them this season, and the team hopes to swing a trade, a person familiar with the discussions said. Haren nor the Marlins have commented publicly on the situation since shortly after he was traded to Miami by the Dodgers on Dec. 10. The 34-year-old Haren wants to pitch close to his family in Southern California or may retire, and the Marlins knew that when they acquired him . . . The White Sox agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio that includes a club option for 2016, a person familiar with the situation said. The 29-year-old is a .262 hitter with 164 stolen bases in eight big league seasons . . . Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, has died. He was 87. The Giants said Miller died Sunday after a brief illness. In the 1961 midsummer classic Miller balked, appearing to be blown off the mound by the wind at Candlestick Park.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.