This time: Oct. 14-25
Previous installment: Oct. 6-13
More 40-man roster maneuvering, a handful of new free agents and one club’s foray into the independent leagues . . . it’s all next on a very special Minor League Transactions.
Check out the Transactions Glossary for the key to deciphering the various inactive lists presented here.
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Cesar Valdez, LHP Thomas Layne, LHP Scott Maine, 1B Brandon Allen, SS Pedro Ciriaco, OF Cole Gillespie
Granted free agency: OF Reid Gorecki
Boston Red Sox
Granted free agency: RHP Marcus McBeth, RHP Takashi Saito
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Takashi Saito
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: 2B Bobby Scales
Chicago White Sox
Released: RHP James Albury, RHP Jarrett Coker, RHP Brent DeFoor, RHP Joucer Martinez, 2B C.J. Lang, OF Johny Celis
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Sergio Santos
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Brad Boxberger
Voluntarily retired: OF Shane Lowe
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Joel Peralta
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: LHP Matt Reynolds
Granted free agency: 3B Mike Hessman
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Scot Drucker, RHP Thad Weber, RHP Robbie Weinhardt, LHP Andy Oliver, 2B Scott Sizemore, SS Cale Iorg, OF Casper Wells
Signed: RHP Natividad Dilone (re-signed)
Released: RHP Austin Armstrong
Signed: OF Matt Weston (re-signed)
Released: 1B Ryan Coe
Reinstated from inactive list: 1B Ryan Coe
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: 2B Jose Vallejo
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Jairo Cuevas (re-signed), LHP Carlos Rivas (re-signed), LHP Kelvin Villa (re-signed), 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez (Yuma (Golden)), SS Adam Frost (Winnipeg (Northern))
Released: RHP Carlos Arias, RHP Richard Folmer, RHP Justin Garcia, RHP Luis Ortega, RHP Lee Roberts, RHP Scott Shimek, 1B Diego Cruz, 1B Edwin Henriquez, SS Yeldrys Molina
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: OF Jarrod Dyson
Turning first to the imports . . . the Royals inked the top two independent leagues prospects in Rodriguez and Frost. Follow the link to read J.J. Cooper’s full scouting reports. The 22-year-old Rodriguez batted .335 with six homers and 48 RBIs in 74 games with Yuma. Frost, 23, batted .280 with 30 stolen bases in 84 games for Winnipeg. Rodriguez had been reported to have signed with the Red Sox, so more details to follow.
Notable exports: Arias and Ortega were minor league Rule 5 picks last December. Folmer joined the organization in June as the Royals’ 25th-round pick from Stephen F. Austin. He appeared in 23 games for Rookie-level Idaho Falls, striking out 42 in 33 innings and posting a 4.36 ERA. Roberts (Loyola Marymount) and Shimek (St. Mary’s (Texas)) signed as nondrafted free agents this summer.
Los Angeles Angels
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Marco Albano, RHP Tim Kiely
Signed: RHP Mike Jones (re-signed), OF Johnny Raburn (re-signed)
Jones, a 2001 first-round pick whose career has been interrupted by multiple arm injuries, pitched 127 innings in 2009, the most he’s thrown since 2002. He reached Triple-A for the first time, making four starts.
Released: RHP Ramon Acosta, RHP Edilson Alvarez, RHP Raynard Doran, RHP Kelvin Mota, RHP Leonardo Parra, C Juan Richardson, OF Herbert Lara
New York Mets
Released: 1B Jose Jimenez
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Carlos Muniz, C Robinson Cancel, 2B Argenis Reyes, SS Wilson Valdez
Granted free agency: RHP Kevin Cameron, RHP Dan Giese, RHP Edgar Gonzalez, C Eric Munson
Granted free agency: LHP Jack Taschner
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: LHP Jack Taschner
Granted free agency: RHP Chris Bootcheck
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Chris Bootcheck, RHP Craig Hansen
Hansen lost his spot on the Pirates’ 40-man roster and will have to earn his way back, illustrating that there’s really no such thing as a safe pick in the baseball draft. The Red Sox took him 25th overall in ’05 because his pedigree as a reliever at St. John’s suggested he could quickly assume a big league role. Hansen did make the big leagues quickly—he tossed three innings for Boston that September—but the trouble was, they were ineffective innings. In three years with the Red Sox, he compiled a 6.15 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP over 74 appearances.
Acquired by the Pirates as part of the bounty for Jason Bay at the ’08 trading deadline, Hansen has been startlingly bad in his 21 games for Pittsburgh, compiling a 6.95 ERA and a miserable 12-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: RHP Pedro Rodriguez
Released: RHP Elvis Hernandez, RHP Tyler Leach, LHP Jonny Bravo, C Jack Cawley, 1B Matt Rigoli, SS Guillermo Toribio
San Diego Padres
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kendall Korbal, RHP Chris Wilkes, LHP Andrew Albers, LHP Euclides Viloria, C Brett Basham
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Mike DeMark, RHP Brandon Gomes, RHP Evan Scribner, LHP Steve Garrison, C Mitch Canham, SS Lance Zawadzki, OF Cedric Hunter
San Francisco Giants
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Steve Edlefsen, RHP Joe Martinez, RHP Daniel Turpen, C Buster Posey, SS Brandon Crawford, OF Thomas Neal
Signed: RHP Rich Dorman (re-signed)
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Phillippe Aumont, 1B Dustin Ackley
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: LHP Darin Downs (re-signed)
Released: RHP Jordi Amargos, RHP Kevin Boggan, RHP Jesse Darcy, RHP Diego Echeverria, RHP Bladimir Florentino, RHP Jose Mejias, RHP Juan Santana, LHP Glenn Gibson, LHP Ryan Morse, 2B Claudio Fukunaga, OF J.T. Hall, OF Astin Jacobo, OF Ramon Novas, OF Justin Reynolds
The Nationals harbored high hopes for Gibson, an ’06 fourth-round pick, after a strong performance in the New York-Penn League in ’07, which consisted of 12 starts, a 4-3, 3.10 record and a strikeout per inning. They traded him for Elijah Dukes that December, but he never pitched well enough to put short-season ball behind him. His ERA registered at 7.17 in 133 innings as a Rays minor leaguer.
Granted free agency: RHP Jason Grilli
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Jason Grilli, C Kevin Richardson
Toronto Blue Jays
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Rei Gonzalez, RHP Robert Ray, C A.J. Jimenez, 1B David Cooper, 2B Brad Emaus, OF Adam Loewen
Signed: OF Charlie Fermaint (re-signed), OF Jesus Valdez (re-signed)
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: C Jamie Burke, OF Jorge Padilla
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