Corey Brown signs with Red Sox

Corey Brown signs with Red Sox
February 1, 2014, 11:00 am
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Although Corey Brown was a first-round draft pick in 2007 for the A's, he made his MLB debut for the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Former Oakland Athletics first-round draft pick Corey Brown has signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox that includes a major league spring training invitation, the team announced on Saturday.

Brown, 28, opted for free agency after the A’s designated him for assignment following the signing of Eric O’Flaherty.

[RELATED: A's outright Corey Brown, who elects free agency]

The 2007 first-rounder made has played in 36 Major League games over the past three seasons – all for the Washington Nationals – and batted .175 with two homeruns and four RBI.

He had his most successful season in 2010 for the A’s Midland and Sacramento affiliates. That year, in 131 games he batted .283/.370.466 with 15 homeruns, 69 RBI and 22 stolen bases.

Brown should add centerfield and rightfield depth for the Red Sox in 2014.

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