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December 2, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Red Sox sign Duckworth to minor league deal

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Red Sox have signed RHP Brandon Duckworth to a minor league deal.

Duckworth, 34, was last in the major leagues in 2008 as a member of the Kansas City Royals, going 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 7 starts. His most notable experience was as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies rotation from 2001-2003, compiling a 15-18 record. Traded to the Houston Astros after the 2003 season, Duckworth struggled in his short stints in the majors as well as in the minors in his two seasons with the Astros organization. The well traveled right-hander put together a bounce back season in Triple-A Indianapolis after being signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006. Last season as a member of Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies organization, Duckworth was 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 games (16 starts) striking out almost a batter an inning.

Duckworth figures to be a depth signing that will be ticketed for Pawtucket next season.