Report: Red Sox Sign Billy Buckner, Garrett Mock to Minor League Deals


Bill Buckner could end up taking the field for the Red Sox this year.

Not that Bill Buckner, but 28-year-old pitcher Billy Buckner, who has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, according

Buckner — who is not related to the former Sox first baseman — pitched at the Triple-A level in the Colorado Rockies system last season, going 4-8 with a 6.03 ERA in 23 appearances (21 starts). He last appeared in the majors as a member of the Diamondbacks in 2010, when he went 0-3 with an 11.08 ERA in three starts.

The most action Buckner has scene in the bigs came in 2009, when he made 16 appearances — 13 of which were starts — for Arizona. He went 4-6 with a 6.40 ERA that year, and in his major league career, the right-hander is 6-11 with a 6.25 ERA in 36 appearances (21 starts).

Garrett Mock was once a highly touted prospect in the Nationals organization, but he's struggled to catch on in the majors. The 28-year-old pitched in four levels of the minors in 2011, posting a 1-5 record and a 6.39 ERA in 26 appearances (seven starts) overall. The 6-foot-4 righty is 4-13 with a 5-17 ERA in 55 big league appearances (19 starts).

Both pitchers have reportedly been assigned to minor league camp.

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