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12/01/2008 4:14 PM ET
A's agree to terms with four players on Minor League deals
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OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Kevin Cameron and Jonathan Hunton, first baseman Tagg Bozied and outfielder Matt Carson on Minor League contracts, the club announced today. Cameron, Bozied and Carson will be non-roster invitees to the A's Major League camp this spring.

Bozied hit .306 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 123 games with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Florida organization last year. He was a three-time All-American at the University of San Francisco and was a third round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2001 draft. The 29-year old right-handed hitter has also played in the farm systems for New York (NL), St. Louis and Florida in his eight professional seasons.

The only player among today's four signees with Major League experience, Cameron was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 relief appearances with Triple-A Portland and also posted a 3.60 ERA in 10 relief appearances with San Diego. He was on the Padres disabled list from May 7 to July 27 with a strained right elbow and the same injury ended his Minor League season on August 11. The right-hander, who will be 29 next season, made his Major League debut with San Diego in 2007 and was 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 48 relief appearances. Cameron has a career record of 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA in 58 Major League games.

Carson spent the 2008 season with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the New York Yankees organization and batted a combined .285 with 17 doubles, 10 triples, 15 home runs and 64 RBI in 111 games. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2002 draft. The 27-year old right-handed hitter is currently batting .273 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 20 games for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.

Hunton joins the A's after pitching in independent leagues the previous two seasons. He was 5-1 with a 0.81 ERA and 23 saves in 48 relief appearances with Fort Worth of the American Association last year and also pitched for Somerset of the Atlantic League, where he compiled a 3.68 ERA and one save in eight outings. The 26-year old right-hander was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2004 draft and spent three seasons in the Cubs farm system.
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