The Red Sox have announced their non-roster invitees to Spring Training, including a mix of prospects and minor league free agents.
It's probably fair to say that the Red Sox have a full 25-man roster already. The only position that really might be open is Hideki Okajima's spot in the bullpen, and even that seems unlikely given Terry Francona's allegiance to his veteran players.
Still, the prospects will get a chance to show the organization what they're made of against high-level talent, and the minor league free agents will try and prove themselves either to other teams, or to the Sox organization in the hopes of being first in line should a spot open up due to injury.
The complete list of invitees follows after the jump.
Juan Carlos Linares
Of course, all the 40-man players will be with the team as well, including guys like Stolmy Pimentel, Oscar Tejeda, Lars Anderson, Yamaico Navarro, Felix Doubront, and Ryan Kalish.
A couple of interesting names on the list are Tim Federowicz and Juan Carlo Linares. FedEx, as he is known, hasn't made it out of Salem yet, and really didn't do particularly well there in 2010. One wonders if they're looking to see if they might as well just move him on based on his defensive merits alone.
Linares, on the other hand, is coming off a ridiculous campaign in the AFL, where he put up a line of .397/.423/.662 against some of the best minor leaguers in the game.
It's also good to see Nate Spears get a look from the team after quietly putting up one of the best seasons in the organization last year. At 25, he's old for his league, but those 20 dingers came from nowhere, and when it comes to middle infielders, it's hard to ignore that when combined with his advanced plate discipline.