Padres sign Embree, invite him to spring training

SAN DIEGO -- Left-handed reliever Alan Embree agreed to a
minor league contract with the San Diego Padres on Thursday and was
invited to spring training.

He would get an $850,000, one-year contract if he makes the big
league roster.

This will be Embree's second tour with the Padres. In 2002, he
went 3-4 with a 1.26 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 36 appearances prior
to being traded to Boston.

The 35-year-old Embree went 2-5 with one save and a 7.62 ERA in
a combined 67 games with the Red Sox and New York Yankees in 2005.