Red Sox sign Ohlendorf, Gomez to minor league deals

The Boston Red Sox inked pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and first baseman Mauro Gomez to minor league deals with invitations to spring training on Thursday.

Ohlendorf went 1-3 with an 8.15 earned run average in nine starts for the Pirates in 2011, a season shortened due to a lengthy stay on the disabled list thanks to a right shoulder posterior strain.

Over five major league seasons with the Yankees and Bucs, the 29-year-old Texan is 14-28 with a 4.77 ERA in 95 games (64 starts).

Gomez spent all of last season with Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate, hitting .304, clubbing 24 homers, 34 doubles and driving in 90 runs over 135 contests.

The BoSox extended spring training invites to the following players: pitchers Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill and Justin Thomas, Scott Atchison, Aaron Cook, Brandon Duckworth, Justin Germano, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Vicente Padilla, Tony Pena Jr., Carlos Silva, Chorye Spoone and Alex Wilson; catchers Daniel Butler and Max St. Pierre; outfielders Alex Hassan, Josh Kroeger, Juan Carlos Linares and Jason Repko; infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears.