The Red Sox added outfielder Bryce Brentz, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and third baseman Garin Cecchini to the 40-man roster on Wednesday, which was the deadline to do so in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The moves, which were expected, bring the team’s 40-man roster up to 39.
The 24-year-old Brentz hit .264 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs in 82 games with Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013. His 19 total homers (including two on rehab in the Gulf Coast League) were tied for most among Red Sox minor leaguers.
The right-hander Ranaudo, who spent most of 2013 with Double-A Portland before an August promotion to Pawtucket, had 11 wins and a 2.96 ERA, making 24 starts between the two levels. The 24-year old went 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA with 106 strikeouts and 40 walks over 19 starts with the Sea Dogs and was 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA with the PawSox. He pitched for the U.S. team in the 2013 All-Star Futures game.
The 22-year-old Cecchini hit .322 with 7 homers and 61 RBIs in 129 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2013. He led all minor leaguers with a .443 on-base percentage.