RHP Anthony Carter, 26, was signed as a free agent after spending all of last season with the Charlotte Knights (AAA-White Sox). Carter was used out of the Charlotte bullpen making 38 relief appearances (and one start) going 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA along with 2 saves. He spent considerable time with the Knights in 2011 as well (0-2, 7.23 in 35 RA) after impressing at the beginning of the year with Birmingham (AA) where he was 1-0, 1.26 with 5 SV in 12 RA. In 2010 Carter led the Southern League with 22 saves for Birmingham.
RHP Terry Doyle, 27, was born in Concord, MA, raised in Salem, MA, pitched for Boston College, and spends part of his off-season at home with his parents in Warwick, RI (although he is currently working out in Fort Myers, FL). Terry put together an excellent first half of last season with the Charlotte Knights (AAA-White Sox) going 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). Opponents hit just .199 against him as he registered 71 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. In mid-June he signed a deal to pitch in Japan as he spent the remainder of 2012 with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks posting a 1-1, 3.55 mark. The 6'4", 240 lbs. righty was signed by the Red Sox as a free agent. He was originally a 37th round draft choice of the White Sox in 2008. In 2010 he went a combined 12-10 with a 2.94 ERA in 27 starts between Kannapolis (A) and Winston-Salem (A) while leading all White Sox minor leaguers in IP (168.1 IP) and SO (157). In 87 career minor league games (74 starts) he is 32-26 with a 2.92 ERA along with 452 SO in 499 IP.
INF Jonathan Diaz, 27, played mainly second base (along with some at shortstop and third base) for a pair of Toronto affiliates last season. In 95 games for Las Vegas (AAA) he hit .240 and in 39 games for New Hampshire (AA) he batted .179. A 12th round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2006 draft, he had played in the Toronto system for seven years prior to signing with the Red Sox this January.
RHP Graham Godfrey, 28, came over from Oakland in early-December to complete a November 28 trade of RHP Sandy Rosario. Godfrey was a Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star last year for Sacramento (AAA-Oakland) posting a 9-2 record with a 3.29 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) for the River Cats. He began 2012 on Oakland's Opening Day roster (0-4, 6.43 in 5 games) and also made 5 appearances (4 starts) for the A's in 2011 (1-2, 3.96). In 2011, Godfrey led the PCL with 14 wins for Sacramento (14-3, 2.68 in 19 games - 18 starts) and was named Oakland's Minor League Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on Baseball America's Triple- A All-Star Team.
1B/OF Mark Hamilton, 28, arrives from the St. Louis organization where he had played since being selected by the Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. He was the 2006 Conference USA Player of the Year when he hit 20 HR for Tulane University (where he majored in molecular biology). In 2006 he tied for the NY-Penn League lead with 8 HR (in just 30 games) for State College. He reached Triple-A Memphis in 2009 (.308 in 46 games) and 2010 (.298 with 18 HR & 60 RBI in 72 games). Those numbers led to a promotion to St. Louis in September of 2010. Hamilton, a lefty batter, also played in 38 games for the Cardinals in 2011. His numbers with Memphis in 2011 were impressive as he hit .345 in 69 games with 26 2B, 2 HR and 39 RBI. He played with Memphis all of last season batting .231 with 15 HR & 51 RBI in 90 games that included 51 in LF and 14 at 1B. It marked the first time in his career that he played more games in the outfield than at first base in a single season.
INF/OF Justin Henry, 27, was acquired in a trade from Detroit for INF Jeff Kobernus after the Red Sox selected Kobernus from Washington in the Rule 5 draft in December. Henry spent all of 2012 with the Toledo Mud Hens where he batted .300 in 131 games with 1 HR, 38 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. His .300 average was 7th best in the International League and he was 3rd in the league with 143 hits. He split time in the outfield (72 games including 67 in CF) and infield (62 games including 37 at 3B and 25 at 2B) with the Mud Hens. It marked the second straight strong season for the 6'3", 180 lbs. lefty hitter as Henry batted .309 in 113 games for Erie (AA) in 2011. He was an Eastern League mid-season All-Star in 2011 and was also named Erie's Player of the Year. He played 92 games in the outfield that year and 27 games in the infield (14 at 2B, 5 at SS, 4 at 1B, and 4 at 3B). Justin was a 9th round choice of the Tigers in the 2007 draft out of the University of Mississippi. In 664 minor league games he has a career average of .293 with 126 stolen bases.
INF Brock Holt, 24, was part of the Joel Hanrahan deal as they both came over from Pittsburgh in exchange for Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, Ivan De Jesus, and Jerry Sands. Holt made his Major League debut with the Pirates last September hitting .292 in 24 games. It capped a tremendous season that began with Double-A Altoona, where he led the Eastern League with a .322 average, continued with Triple-A Indianapolis (.432 in 24 games), and ended with Pittsburgh. Brock was both a mid-season and post-season Eastern League All-Star and has been named to his league's mid-season All-Star team in each of his four professional seasons...New York-Penn League in 2009, Florida State League in 2010, and Eastern League in both 2011 & 2012. In 371 minor league games during those four seasons he has hit .317 while splitting time at shortstop (232 games) and second base (130).
RHP Kyle Kaminska, 24, was acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh for RHP Zach Stewart. He combined to go 9-4 with 1 save and a 4.19 ERA in 40 games (4 starts) between the Pirates and Marlins systems last season. He spent the majority of the year in Double-A Jacksonville going 6-3 with a 5.11 ERA before being dealt to the Pirates on July 31. He finished the year with Double-A Altoona (1-0, 3.00 in 4 games). After the season he made 6 starts for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League going 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA.
OF Mitch Maier, 30, signed with the Red Sox this November after 10 years in the Kansas City organization. Those included parts of six seasons with the Royals. In 359 career major league games he has hit .248 with 10 HR & 93 RBI. In 727 minor league games he has a .298 average with 67 HR & 401 RBI. Last year he split time with KC (.172 in 32 games) and Triple-A Omaha (.288 in 38 games). In 2010 he spent the entire year with the Royals playing 117 games batting .263 with 5 HR & 39 RBI while posting a 190-game errorless streak (2nd all-time in KC history) that ended on June 16. Maier (pronounced My-er) played in a major league career-high 127 games for the Royals in 2009. He was a catcher at the University of Toledo for three seasons and hit .448 during his junior season in 2003. The lefty hitter was a 1st round choice (#30 overall) of KC in the 2003 draft.
C Alberto Rosario, 26, was a free agent signee in December. Last season he batted .221 in two different spots with Triple-A Salt Lake (21 games) and Double-A Arkansas (50 games) in the Angels system. He has been property of the Angels since signing with the club as an international free agent prior to the 2005 season. In 556 career minor league games (551 as a catcher) he has a .239 average.
INF/OF Drew Sutton, 29, played for the PawSox and the Red Sox in 2011. In 45 games for the PawSox that year he hit .295 with 5 HR & 27 RBI and in 31 games for the Red Sox he batted .315. With Boston the versatile switch-hitter played 8 games at 3B, 7 at 2B, 5 at 1B, 4 at SS, and 3 in LF. Sutton played for four different clubs (two in the majors) and three different organizations in 2012. He began last season with the Gwinnett Braves (AAA) hitting .270 in 38 games through May 20. He spent the next month (May 22 - June 21) with the Tampa Bay Rays (.271 in 18 games). He was traded to Pittsburgh in late-June and was with the Pirates through the end of July (.243 in 24 games). Drew finished his whirlwind year with Indianapolis (AAA-Pirates) last August (.048 in 12 games). His other major league stops have included Cincinnati in 2009-2010 and Cleveland in 2010. In 128 big league games he has a .256 average with 4 HR & 37 RBI. In 811 minor league games he is a .278 hitter with 76 HR & 347 RBI.
RHP Oscar Villareal, 31, has been an effective big league reliever with Arizona (2003-05), Atlanta (2006-07), and Houston (2008) posting a career record of 24-15 and a 3.86 ERA in 258 major league games (253 in relief). In 2003 he set a National League rookie record by making 86 appearances (including one start) for the Diamondbacks. His 86 games were 2nd in the majors and set a new record for appearances by a Mexican-born pitcher. Villareal went 10-7 with a 2.57 ERA for Arizona in 2003. In 2006 he went 9-1 in 58 games for Atlanta. His last big league action came with Houston in 2008 (1-3, 5.02). He missed all of 2009 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Most recently he was with the Norfolk Tides (AAA-Baltimore) last season going 3-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 37 games (2 starts). He pitched in Mexico for Sultanes de Monterrey in 2011 and was with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA-Philadelphia) in 2010 going 4-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 49 RA.
All of these players are on the Pawtucket roster and all have been invited to Major League spring training with the Red Sox.