This time: Nov. 18-23
Previous installment: Nov. 6-17
The 40-man additions here are duplicated in our team-by-team rundown. Elsewhere, we find news of a few free agents signing and also the Giants formally going about adding Angel Villalona to the restricted list. His status for ’10 remains up in the air. He has been freed on bail but still stands charged of first-degree murder in the Dominican Republic.
Check out the Transactions Glossary for the key to deciphering the various inactive lists presented here.
Traded: LHP Scott Maine and 1B Ryne White to Cubs for RHP Aaron Heilman
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Roque Mercedes, RHP Daniel Stange, LHP Jordan Norberto, OF Cole Gillespie
Signed: RHP Jon Huber, C J.C. Boscan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Jeff Lyman, LHP Lee Hyde, LHP Jose Ortegano, LHP Jonny Venters
Signed: RHP Ross Wolf
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Erbe, RHP Luis Gustavo, 1B Rhyne Hughes, 1B Brandon Snyder, 3B Josh Bell, SS Pedro Florimon
Reinstated from inactive list: C Ansony LaPaix
Signed: RHP Vince Perkins
Traded: RHP Aaron Heilman to Diamondbacks for LHP Scott Maine and 1B Ryne White
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Blake Parker, LHP John Gaub, C Welington Castillo, OF James Adduci
Chicago White Sox
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Hynick, RHP Santo Luis, RHP Brian Omogrosso, RHP Sergio Santos, OF Stefan Gartrell
Why would Chicago add Santos, you ask? The converted shortstop averaged nearly 96 mph on his fastball in the Arizona Fall League, which ranked second only to some guy named Stephen Strasburg.
Signed: OF Albert Laboy
Placed on restricted list: RHP Rafael Gonzalez
Granted free agency: OF Laynce Nix
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rosario Del Enerio, RHP Logan Ondrusek, RHP Jordan Smith, LHP Philippe Valiquette, LHP Travis Wood, SS Chris Valaika, OF Chris Heisey
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Daryl Thompson, OF Laynce Nix
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Rafael Gonzalez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeanmar Gomez, LHP Kelvin de la Cruz, 3B Wes Hodges, SS Jason Donald, SS Carlos Rivero, OF Jordan Brown, OF Nick Weglarz
Signed: C Paul Phillips
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Chaz Roe, C Michael McKenry
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Scott Sizemore, SS Audy Ciriaco, OF Brennan Boesch, OF Ryan Strieby
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jay Buente, RHP Jose Ceda, RHP Kris Harvey, RHP Brett Sinkbeil, OF Scott Cousins
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Allen Baxter, RHP Jeremiah Haar
Signed: RHP Casey Daigle, 2B Drew Meyer
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Evan Englebrook, RHP Matt Nevarez, RHP Henry Villar
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP John Bannister, RHP Jorge Campillo, RHP Brad Thompson, C Edwin Bellorin
Granted free agency: RHP Devon Lowery, RHP Doug Waechter
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Blake Wood, C Manny Pina, SS Jeff Bianchi, OF Jarrod Dyson, OF Jordan Parraz
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Devon Lowery, RHP Doug Waechter
Los Angeles Angels
Added to 40-man roster: OF Peter Bourjos
Los Angeles Dodgers
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Kenley Jansen, SS Ivan DeJesus Jr., OF Trayvon Robinson
Released: SS David Fonseca
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Amaury Rivas, OF Lorenzo Cain
Released: OF Hyun-wook Choi
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alex Burnett, RHP Rob Delaney, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Loek Van Mil, 3B Danny Valencia, SS Estarling de los Santos
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: 3B Deibinson Romero
New York Mets
Released: RHP Eric Brown, C Ralph Henriquez
New York Yankees
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP Romulo Sanchez, 2B Reegie Corona, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Eduardo Nunez, OF Austin Jackson
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: OF Shelley Duncan
The Yankees have waited for ’06 fourth-rounder Colin Curtis, a left fielder with a career .375 slugging percentage, to increase his power output. The 24-year-old played very well in the Arizona Fall League, batting .397/.472/.731 and leading everybody in slugging. He’s Rule 5 eligible now, having not been added to the 40-man roster.
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Fautino de los Santos, RHP Justin Souza, LHP Pedro Figueroa, 1B Chris Carter
Signed: RHP Jason Anderson, RHP Alexander Concepcion, 1B Andy Tracy, SS Wilson Valdez, OF Rich Thompson, OF Dewayne Wise
Valdez and Wise, a pair of minor league free agents who had notable big league playing time in ’09, signed early and provide quality insurance for the Phillies to stash at Triple-A.
Wise, who will be 32 next season, appeared in a career-high 84 games for the White Sox, batting .225/.262/.366 but serving mostly as a defensive replacement. He single-handedly saved Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in July, and in ’08 he started three playoff games for Chicago, belting a double and a homer against the Rays.
Valdez, 31, served a similar role for the Mets in ’09, garnering playing time mostly as the result of being the only ambulatory shortstop in New York after Jose Reyes and Alex Cora went down with injuries. He batted .256/.326/.337 in 86 at-bats.
Signed: RHP Virgil Vasquez, C Hector Gimenez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Ramon Aguero, RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Bryan Morris, OF Gorkys Hernandez
St. Louis Cardinals
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP Francisco Samuel, LHP Tyler Norrick, C Bryan Anderson, 1B Mark Hamilton, 3B Allen Craig, OF Jon Jay, OF Daryl Jones
San Diego Padres
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Craig Italiano, LHP Steve Garrison, OF Chad Huffman
A participant in the Pacific Coast League all-star game, Huffman bounced back with Triple-A Portland after a couple down years in power-suppressing San Antonio. He batted .269/.361/.469 with 20 homers in 135 games.
San Francisco Giants
Placed on restricted list: 1B Angel Villalona
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kevin Pucetas, 1B Brett Pill, OF Darren Ford, OF Francisco Peguero
Signed: RHP Steve Bray, RHP Steven Shell, C Jose Yepez
Granted free agency: SS Josh Wilson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Danny Cortes, RHP Ricky Orta, RHP J.C. Ramirez, RHP Anthony Varvaro, LHP Edward Paredes, OF Ezequiel Carrera
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: SS Josh Wilson
Teammates with Double-A West Tenn, Orta and (in particular) Vavaro earned their way onto the 40-man with strong showings in the Arizona Fall League. A fourth-round pick from Miami in ’06, Orta continued to take to his relief role, striking out eight and walking none in eight AFL innings. Tommy John surgery wiped out most of Varvaro’s ’06 season, but the ’05 12th-rounder slowly has worked his way back. He walked more than seven batters per nine innings during the regular season, but appeared much sharper in the AFL, boasting an 11-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 1/3 innings. Oh, and the St. John’s product averaged nearly 93 mph on his fastball. Both relievers will be 25 next season and are poised to contribute in Seattle.
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Joe Bateman, LHP R.J. Swindle
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeremy Hellickson, LHP Alex Torres, OF Desmond Jennings
Bateman and Swindle have long track records of success as minor league relievers—not to mention low arm angles—so at worst they’ll provide Triple-A Durham with significant tactical weapons.
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Michael Kirkman, LHP Zach Phillips
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: LHP Davis Romero, C Kyle Phillips
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rei Gonzalez
Signed: RHP Logan Kensing, C Jamie Burke
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Juan Jaime, LHP Atahualpa Severino, LHP Aaron Thompson
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