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January 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Sox ink Maine to minor league deal

According to multiple media reports, the Boston Red Sox have signed former New York Mets starter John Maine to a minor league contract. Maine's agent, Rex Gary, told the Fredericksberg Freelance-Star that the Red Sox said they intend to use him as a reliever.

The 30-year-old right-hander last pitched in the major leagues in 2010 with the Mets, going 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA in 39.2 innings of work over 9 starts undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, his second season-ending surgery in as many years. Maine made 11 starts with the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in 2011, allowing 38 earned runs in 46 innings with opposing batters hitting .315 against, resulting in a 7.43 ERA. He left the team with a 1-3 record, reportedly to consider retirement, although Gary refuted those reports in the Freelance-Star piece. In 2007, Maine was a career-best 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts with the Mets at age 26.