Padres sign Alan Embree

The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Alan Embree on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Alan Embree, 35, went 2-5 with one save and a 7.62 ERA (44 ER/52.0 IP) in a combined 67 games with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in 2005. This will be Embree's second tour with the Padres after having been a member of the club in 2002. In 36 relief appearances with the Friars that season, Embree went 3-4 with a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP) and 38 strikeouts prior to being traded to Boston.

Over parts of 12 Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1992, 1995-96), Atlanta Braves (1997-98), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), San Francisco Giants (1999-2001), Chicago White Sox (2001), Red Sox (2002-05), Padres (2002) and Yankees (2005), Embree has a career record of 30-33 with eight saves and a 4.70 ERA (296 ER/567.1 IP) in 635 games (four starts).

Embree will join pitchers Jon Adkins, Andy Ashby, Erick Burke, Eric Junge, Ryan Meaux, Brian Sweeney and Mike Thompson, catchers Todd Greene and Jason Hill, infielders Manny Alexander and Justin Leone and outfielders Jack Cust and Eric Valent as players who have agreed to minor league contracts and will receive invites to Spring Training. The Padres currently have 54 players schedule to be in camp.

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