Gonzalez signs Minor League deal

Gonzalez inks deal with Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a move that could add a significant dose of power off the bench, the Red Sox have signed former superstar Juan Gonzalez to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1996 and '98) is expected to be in camp on Tuesday, when the Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins.

Gonzalez spent the 2005 season with the Indians, but he played just one game because of severe hamstring woes.

Injuries have been a recurring theme for Gonzalez, who has played in just 166 games over the last four seasons.

However, he has been on a regular workout program and wanted to play in the World Baseball Classic, but he was not part of Puerto Rico's 30-man roster.

Considering how deep the Red Sox are into camp, it appears all but certain that Gonzalez will start the season either in extended Spring Training or the Minor Leagues.

If Gonzalez can stay healthy, he'd be a dangerous bat off the bench and could possibly spell Trot Nixon -- Boston's left-handed-hitting right fielder -- against lefties.

The 36-year-old Gonzalez has clubbed 434 home runs in a career spent with the Rangers (1989-99, 2002-03), Tigers (2000), Indians (2001, 2005) and Royals (2004).

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.