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Red Sox sign six players to minor league deals

Anthony Varvaro, who appeared in only nine games for the Red Sox last season, signed a minor league deal with the club.Barry Chin/Globe staff

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they signed six players to minor league contracts that include an invitation to major league spring training. The group includes one holdover from last season, righty reliever Anthony Varvaro.

Varvaro, 31, was obtained from the Braves a year ago. But he appeared in only nine games for the Sox before being designated for assignment. The Cubs claimed Varvaro off waivers then designated him before he appeared in a game.

Varvaro then revealed he had an elbow injury and he was returned to the Red Sox and placed on the disabled list. He had surgery two days later. The Sox then designated him for assignment Nov. 20 and offered him a minor league deal shortly after.

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Varvaro had a 2.74 earned run average with the Braves from 2013-14, appearing in 123 games. He was a set-up man for Kimbrel, now the Red Sox closer.

The Red Sox also signed righthanders William Cuevas and Sean O'Sullivan, third baseman Chris Dominguez, outfielder Ryan LaMarre, and catcher Ali Solis.

O'Sullivan, 28, has pitched in 66 major league games over parts of six seasons. He was 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts for Philadelphia last season.

Cuevas, 25, has seven years of minor league experience with the Red Sox, reaching Triple A last season. He was 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA in 2015.

Dominguez, 29, has 22 games of major league experience, 14 of them last season with Cincinnati. He had a .653 OPS for Triple A Louisville last season.

LaMarre, 27, played 21 games for the Reds last season and had a .707 OPS for Louisville.

Solis, 28, has 13 games in the majors, eight with the Rays in 2014. He has played 528 minor league games.


Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.

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