You know we're getting closer to spring training when teams begin sending out lists of non-roster minor leaguers who have been issued invites.
The Red Sox released their list today, after last week issuing a list of minor league free agents who were signed and invited to camp.
Those on the list from the minor league system today: catcher Austin Rei; pitcher Mike Shawaryn; outfielders Rusney Castillo, Bryce Brentz, Tate Matheny, and Cole Sturgeon; and infielders C.J.Chatham, Bobby Dalbec, Josh Ockimey and Chad de la Guerra.
At this point, it's highly unlikely that any of these players crack the 25-man roster to begin the season. But it's not out of the realm of possibility that one or more could contribute over the course of the season -- especially if injuries strike the big league roster.