Tuesday January 03, 2012 | 03:45 PM

The Red Sox have added their insurance policy to spring training, in terms of 12 minor league free agents signed for 2012.

The 10 pitchers and two infielders will be invited to the major league camp. Unless they stand out or someone is injured, the 12 will then be assigned to Triple-A, although a few could be released.

The 12 are: pitchers Charlie Haeger, Brandon Duckworth, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Carlos Silva, Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill and Justin Thomas, shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and utility player Nate Spears.

Spears, 26, played for the Sea Dogs in 2010 and Pawtucket last year (.248), while also making his major league debut..

Haeger, 28, a knuckleball pitcher, pitched for the Sea Dogs last year (4-1, 3.24 in 50 innings)

Among the others: 

Carlson, 31, pitched three years with the Blue Jays (2008-10), missing last season after rotator cuff surgery.

Hill, 31, was with Boston last year when he injured his elbow and had Tommy John surgery in June


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