Nelson, Molina sign minor league deals

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have signed journeyman reliever Joe Nelson and minor league catcher Gustavo Molina to minor league deals that include spring training invitations.

The 35-year-old Nelson has played for five pro teams, including Boston in 2004 when he allowed five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Last season, Nelson went 3-0 with a 4.02 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays before ending the year in the minors.

Nelson has a career 4.07 ERA with 13 saves and 145 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings.

The 27-year-old Molina spent last season with the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate, hitting .209 with 24 RBIs in 72 games.