June 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM
The Red Sox made a handful of roster moves last week, which includes the releases of right-handers Chad Nading and Ben Klafczynski and the signing of lefty Aaron King (pictured) out of the Independent League, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
Eddy also confirms the Red Sox sent cash considerations to the Pirates when the club acquired infielder Stefan Welch on Thursday.
Nading, 25, was signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent in March after pitching 12 1/3 innings over two seasons in the Independent League. The right-hander allowed a combined 18 runs over his work with the Gateway Grizzlies and San Angelo Colts, respectively, while striking out 10 and walking 21.
Klafczynski, also 25, signed with the Red Sox as a minor-league free agent in September 2012. A 20th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 draft, Klafczynski converted to a pitcher in 2012 with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Independent League after spending one season in the Cubs organization as an outfielder. He had a 2.22 ERA in 31 games while striking out 40 and walking 31 over 44 2/3 innings with the Crushers.
King has also undergone a positional change, converting from a pitcher to an outfielder this season with the Grand Prairie AirHogs. The former seventh-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2008 batted .389/.421/.694 in 36 at-bats with the AirHogs this season. He'll begin his Red Sox career with the Lowell Spinners when the team commence its season on June 17.
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