This installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. The previous installment is available here.
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Kevin Thompson
Released: LHP Jake Stevens
A third-round pick in 2003 from Cape Coral (Fla.) High, Stevens ranked as the Braves’ top lefthanded pitching prospect entering the 2005 season, coming off a 9-5, 2.27 campaign with low Class A Rome that featured more than a strikeout per inning. He hit a wall with high Class A Myrtle Beach, though, and compiled a 5.42 ERA in 296 innings at the level from 2005 to 2007—while playing home games at Coastal Federal Field, one of the best pitcher’s parks in the minors. Stevens retired in August 2007 at age 22 and had been inactive prior to his release.
Signed: LHP John Parrish
Released: RHP Jason Mills
Parrish, 31, returns to the Orioles, the organization for which he has spent at least part of the year with in 12 of his 13 pro seasons. His 2002 and 2006 campaigns were wiped out by injury, but the 1996 25th-round pick is coming off one of his best efforts: 10-1, 2.97 with 100-39 K-BB in 91 innings for Triple-A Syracuse (Blue Jays).
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Steve Green
Released: C Hayato Doue
Voluntarily retired: OF Andrew Frezza
Reinstated from inactive list: C Hayato Doue
Signed: C Shawn McGill, OF Chris Weimer
Traded: RHP Michael Wuertz to Athletics for SS Justin Sellers and OF Richie Robnett
From J.J. Cooper’s ranking of the top prospects in independent ball, where McGill ranked No. 4:
"McGill has gotten a chance to play in affiliated ball, but 2008 was his first chance to get consistent at-bats. A 23rd-round pick of the Phillies in 2006 out of Boston College, McGill spent his two years in affiliated ball buried on the bench. He was released after playing in just 27 games. Given a first chance in pro ball to play regularly, McGill responded by hitting .299/.424/.454 with six triples, nine home runs and 15 steals in 16 attempts. Although he’s a catcher, speed is actually one of McGill’s better tools. He runs a 6.8 second 60-yard dash and showed a knack for reading pitchers and getting good jumps."
Signed: RHP Mark James, RHP David Shafer, C Humberto Cota, 1B Daryle Ward, OF Jacque Jones
Ward, 33, is just one season removed from a .327/.436/.527 line as a pinch-hitter for the Cubs. Not a bad pickup for a last-minute free agent purchase.
Released: LHP Dan Cevette
Signed: RHP Matt Belisle, OF Lino Garcia, OF Ruddy Yan
Traded: 2B Corey Wimberly to Athletics for OF Matt Murton
Signed: RHP Ruddy Lugo
Voluntarily retired: RHP David Stokes
Removed from 40-man roster: RHP Eddie Bonine
Signed: RHP Nate Field, C Neil Wilson
Signed: RHP Rob Semerano, C Julian Henson, 2B Felix Molina
Kansas City Royals
Signed: LHP Dan Cevette, OF Steven Boggs, OF Eric Shortell
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Rafael Flores, RHP Sean Tracey, OF Jeremiah Luster
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Tanyon Sturtze, RHP Kalen Gearhart
Signed: RHP Heri Olivo
Traded: OF Eric Fryer to Yankees for LHP Chase Wright
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Elmer Dessens
Released: LHP Jonathan Sanchez
New York Yankees
Traded: LHP Chase Wright to Brewers for OF Eric Fryer
The Yankees designated Wright, 26, for assignment when they re-signed Andy Pettitte, stagnating in the high minors the lefthander seemed all but due for a change of scenery. A third-round pick in 2001 from Iowa Park (Texas) High, Wright posted a 3.52 ERA in 123 Triple-A innings, but that was accompanied by a rather unremarkable 59-to-51 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And despite the notoriety that comes with being the pitcher who gave up four consecutive home runs to the Red Sox in an April 2007 contest, Wright actually has tough to take deep in the minors, as he’s given up just 39 bombs in 796 innings, or .44 per nine.
For their part, the Brewers get Fryer, a 10th-rounder from Ohio State in 2007, who’s coming off a big year in low Class A: .335/.407/.506 in 385 at-bats for West Virginia.
Signed: C Oliver Box
Traded: OF Matt Murton to Rockies for 2B Corey Wimberly
Traded: SS Justin Sellers and OF Richie Robnett to Cubs for RHP Michael Wuertz
Signed: C Scott Thomas
San Francisco Giants
Signed: 3B Olmo Rosario
Released: RHP Geomar Patino
Signed: LHP Tyler Johnson
Johnson, 28, missed the 2008 season after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery in May to reduce swelling in the joint and to repair damage to the rotator cuff. [It was incorrectly stated here previously that he missed the year with Tommy John surgery.] Johnson was nontendered by the Cardinals in December.
Tampa Bay Rays
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Jonathan Barratt
Signed: RHP Bryan Corey, LHP Eddie Guardado
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: LHP Ken Takahashi
Signed: C Javier Valentin
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