Red Sox signed outfielder Alex Ochoa to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Ochoa, 34, will give the majors another try after hitting .283/.350/.445 in four seasons in Japan. Interestingly, he was the player the Chunichi Dragons signed in 2003 after the Kevin Millar fiasco with the Red Sox. Ochoa is a .279/.344/.422 hitter in 2,107 at-bats as a major leaguer, but since he's clearly on the decline now, he's a fifth outfielder at best. The Red Sox shouldn't have need of him.
I once saw this guy hit the first of back-to-back homers in the bottom of the eighth (I believe Chris Stynes was the other) to tie and go ahead of the Astros at Riverfront/Cinergy