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Updated: December 12th, 2012 8:32pm
Twins sign Scott Elarton, Jason Lane, six others to minor league deals

Twins sign Scott Elarton, Jason Lane, six others to minor league deals

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday they have signed six players to minor league contracts, including right-hander Scott Elarton and left-hander Jason Lane.

Left-hander Michael O'Connor, right-handers Bryan Augenstein and Virgil Vasquez, first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez, outfielder Brandon Boggs and shortstop Ray Olmedo also inked minor league deals.

Boggs, Augenstein and Olmedo will be invited to major league camp in February.

Augustein has pitched briefly in the major leagues -- 17 innings with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 and 5 2/3 innings with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 -- and he owns a career 4.16 minor league ERA in 446 innings. Augustein has pitched mostly out of the bullpen over the past couple years, striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings in Triple-A since the beginning of 2011.

Boggs, 29, received regular playing time with the Texas Rangers in 2008, hitting just .226/.333/.399, but in 435 career Triple-A games he owns a respectable .268/.381/.425 batting line.

Lane, 35, was one of the top-hitting prospects in baseball a decade ago. He had a breakout season in 2005 with the Houston Astros, hitting .267/.316/.499 with 26 home runs, but fizzled out two years later. Now, Lane is attempting to extend his career as a relief pitcher.

Elarton, 36, broke into the big leagues in 1999, but hasn't been back since 2008. He owns a 5.29 career ERA in 1,065 1/3 innings and has bounced around Triple-A over the past few seasons.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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