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Red Sox sign Synder, invite Ochoa to camp

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with
Kyle Snyder, signing the righthander to a one-year contract on
Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Snyder, 29, was 4-5 with a 6.02 ERA in 16 games, including 10
starts, with the Red Sox last season. He began the 2006
campaign with the Kansas City Royals before being claimed on
waivers by Boston on June 16.

The signing of Snyder leaves two Red Sox players eligible for
arbitration -- righthander Brendan Donnelly and outfielder Wily
Mo Pena.

The Red Sox on Saturday also signed veteran outfielder Alex
Ochoa to a minor league contract.

Ochoa, 34, spent the last four years in the Japan League. Last
season, he hit .273 with 15 homers and 77 RBI in 138 games with
Chunichi.

Prior to going to Japan, Ochoa played eight seasons in the major
leagues, hitting .279 with 46 homers and 261 RBI in 807 games
with the New York Mets (1995-97), Minnesota (1998), Milwaukee
(1999, 2002), Cincinnati (2000-01), Colorado (2001) and
Anaheim (2002).