BoSox ink reliever Nelson

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The Red Sox on Monday inked 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
It’ll be the second stint in the organization for Nelson, who received a World Series ring after pitching in three games and allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings in 2004. The oft-injured reliever broke through at age 33 for the Marlins in 2008, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 60/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. However, Florida non-tendered him anyway and the Rays never took much of a liking to him after signing him. He had a 4.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings before being dropped from the roster on Aug. 1.
Nelson stands little chance of winning a spot in the Boston bullpen, but he’ll qualify as nice insurance if he’s willing to open the year in Triple-A.

Report: Twins interested in Wade Miley

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Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.

Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”