BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in their continued effort to ensure depth for the pitching staff, announced Saturday that they have re-signed right-handed swing man Kyle Snyder to a one-year contract.
Snyder would have been eligible for arbitration. That leaves outfielder Wily Mo Pena and setup man Brendan Donnelly as the two arbitration-eligible players left on the Red Sox.
The club also signed veteran outfielder Alex Ochoa to a Triple-A contract that includes an invite to Spring Training.
Snyder joined the Red Sox last June 16, as he was claimed off waivers from the Royals. He went 4-5 with a 6.02 ERA in 16 games, 10 of which were starts.
Two outings by Snyder stuck out and showed what the Red Sox think he is capable of. The first was a brilliant relief outing on July 31, when Snyder went 4 1/3 shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out six. Perhaps the best performance of Snyder's career came in a start against the Blue Jays on Sept. 1, when he fired seven innings of two-hit baseball, striking out eight.
With the Red Sox already overloaded with starting pitching, the 29-year-old Snyder is all but certain to battle for a bullpen spot in Spring Training.
For Ochoa, this provides a chance to get back to the Major Leagues. The 34-year-old spent the last four years with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan. Last year, he belted 15 homers and drove in 77 runs for the Dragons in 138 games.
Before going to Japan, Ochoa played eight seasons in the Major Leagues, splitting time between the Mets, Twins, Brewers, Reds, Rockies and Angels. He is a career .279 hitter with 46 homers and 261 RBIs.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.