G-BRAVES NOTES: Veteran catcher Boscan re-signs

J.C. Boscan, who has spent all except two of his 15 minors league seasons in the Atlanta organization, will be back in 2012.

The veteran free agent catcher re-signed with the Braves even after being dropped from Atlanta's 40-man roster.

Boscan, who turns 32 on Dec. 26, made to the major for the first time at the end of the 2010 season and spent September in Atlanta again last season. He spent most of the past years with Gwinnett, hitting .250 each of the first two seasons. He tailed off to .182 in 2011.

With catchers Wilkin Castillo and Wil Nieves also becoming free agents after last season, Atlanta earlier signed veteran Jose Yepez as catching insurance for Gwinnett.

Yepez, 30, spent the past four seasons in the Seattle organization, reaching Class AAA for the first time in 2011. He hit .307 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 48 games for Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League.

Yepez, like Boscan, is a native of Venezuela.

Braves add infielder Wilson

Atlanta signed infielder Josh Wilson, who played with Arizona and Milwaukee last season, to a minor league contract as a free agent. He is a candidate for a utility role with the Braves or he could start the season as insurance in Gwinnett.

Wilson, 30, got into 54 games with the Brewers and six with the Diamondbacks, hitting .224 in 85 at-bats. He also played in 16 games for Class AAA Reno in the Arizona organization.

Wilson was the regular shortstop part of the 2010 season with Seatle, starting 92 games at the position. In 108 games overall, he hit .227.

Outfielders sign with Braves

Switch-hitting outfielder Luis Durango, who has spent time in the majors with Houston and San Diego, signed with Atlanta as a minor league free agent.

Durango, 25, played last season in the Pacific Coast League with Tucson and Oklahoma City, stealing 28 bases. He also got into two games with Houston.

In addition to Durango, the Braves added another potential outfield candidate for Gwinnett by signing free agent Brahiam Maldonado, 26. He hit 28 homers for Class AA Binghamton in the New York Mets organization last season. His average, though, was .222.

Lefty reliever Hughes added

Left-handed relief pitcher Dusty Hughes signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent. He split last season between Minnesota and Class AAA Rochester and also has major league experience with Kansas City.

Hughes, 29, was 3-1 with a 4.29 ERA in 43 games for Rochester and 1-0 with a 9.95 ERA in 15 games for the Twins.

Hughes appeared in 57 games while spending all of 2010 with Kansas City. He was 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA.