Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sox Sign FA Baldelli

The Red Sox announced the signing of Baldelli, a native of Woonsocket, R.I., on Thursday night at the annual dinner of the Boston Baseball Writers Association.

Baldelli, who had spent his entire career with the Rays before becoming a free agent, will be the Sox's fourth outfielder behind Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew.

The Sox appear to be getting Baldelli at the right moment, with his health seemingly on the upswing. The deal was first reported by

Baldelli, 27, missed most of last season with a condition that was diagnosed as mitochondrial fatigue syndrome. - Fox Sports

Baldelli had an amazing year in 2004 when he hit .280, slugged 16 homeruns and drove in 74 runs (not to mention 17 steals).

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