BOSTON, MA-The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Brad Wilkerson on a 2009 contract with Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League. In addition, Wilkerson has been invited to Boston's major league spring training camp as a non-roster player. He will wear number 32.
Wilkerson combined for a .220 batting average with four home runs and 28 RBI in 104 games with Seattle and Toronto in 2008. The lefthanded hitter totaled just one error in 64 games (55 starts) in right field, 29 (13 starts) in left field, five (three starts) in center field and four (two starts) at first base.
The 31-year-old appeared in 19 games for the Mariners, batting .232 with five RBI before being released on May 7. He was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent two days later and hit .215 with four round trippers and 23 RBI over 85 games with the club. Wilkerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 22 with a lower back strain and made three rehab appearances with Single-A Dunedin before being activated on September 2.
He has a career major league average of .247 with 122 homers and 399 RBI in 972 games with Montreal/Washington (2001-05), Texas (2006-07), Seattle (2008) and Toronto (2008). He has worked 80 or more walks in four separate seasons including a career-high 106 free passes in 2004. Wilkerson ranks 12th among active lefthanders with 475 total walks since the beginning of the 2002 campaign. He is the only active major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in his career and one of 27 players in baseball history to accomplish the feat.