This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Nov. 21 and Dec. 1. The previous installment is available here.
Signed: RHP Seth Etherton
Placed on restricted list: 2B Rafael Hilario
Etherton, the 18th overall pick by the Angels in 1998, started two games for independent Long Beach (Golden) in August. The 32-year-old last played in affiliated ball in June 2007, when he was in the Marlins system. He spent time pitching in Korea that year, as well, but he was waived after six games with a mystery illness.
Signed: RHP Gerardo Casadiego, RHP Scott Chiasson, RHP Andy Mitchell, RHP Ross Wolf, C Adam Donachie, C Guillermo Rodriguez, OF Ambiorix Concepcion, OF Mike Rodriguez
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Jarod Plummer, C Sandy Madera
The 24-year-old Plummer’s exquisite fastball command and deceptive arm action have been the key reasons for his sterling strikeout-to-walk ratio in Double-A, which stands at 158-to-33 in 139 innings. He’s spent time in the Texas League in each of the past three seasons.
Signed: RHP Angel Castro, LHP Jason Waddell, C Mark Johnson
Signed: LHP Ron Flores
Released: RHP Juan Franco
Signed: LHP Doug Arguello
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Franquelis Osoria, C J.R. House, C Mat Tupman, 3B Corey Smith
Granted free agency: RHP Luke Hudson
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Travis Chick, RHP Nick DeBarr, LHP Carmen Cali, LHP Erick Threets, 1B Chris Gibson, OF Mitch Jones
Placed on restricted list: RHP Chales Dasni, RHP Given Kutz
Signed: 1B Scott Thorman, 2B Jason Bourgeois
While he doesn’t have a great feel for hitting or much discipline at the plate, Thorman has some serious lefty power. He’s batted .273/.317/.474 with 40 home runs in 234 Triple-A games, which is notable because it’s hard to reach the seats at The Diamond in Richmond. The 30th overall pick by the Braves in 2000, Thorman will be 27 next season.
New York Yankees
Signed: SS Doug Bernier
Signed: RHP Kevin Cameron, 1B Tagg Bozied, OF Matt Carson
Signed: LHP Daniel Haigwood, OF Maiko Loyola
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: C Justin Knoedler
San Diego Padres
Signed: 2B Kevin Howard
Signed: 2B Callix Crabbe, SS Chris Woodward
Joining Steve Moss and Mel Stocker, Crabbe is the third player with ties to the Brewers to be signed under the watch of GM Jack Zduriencik, who formerly served as Milwaukee’s scouting director. Born in the Virgin Islands, the switch-hitting Crabbe, 26 next season, has batted .281/.380/.411 in 199 Triple-A games.
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Richard de los Santos
Signed: LHP Joe Torres
The 10th overall pick by the Angels in 2000, Torres had perhaps his finest pro season this year, going 3-1, 2.68 with 59 strikeouts, 31 walks and two home runs allowed in 50 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old made 59 appearances out of the Double-A Birmingham bullpen. Torres pitched in the White Sox system in both 2007 and 2008.
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Samuel Medina, 3B Andrew Pinckney
Signed: RHP J.D. Martin, 2B Pete Orr
Released: RHP Moises Corporan, RHP Ryan Harrison, 2B Vic Cegles, SS Frank Cruz, OF Bryan Miller
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