This time: Dec. 21-31
Previous installment: Dec. 11-20
The transactions update you've been clamoring for is here . . . in part. This installment takes us up through the end of 2009. We'll get caught up next week.
Bear in mind that these transactions updates come directly from the horse's mouth. That is, MLB sends us updates from its massive eBis database, we work them into a form fit for publication and disseminate them as soon as we can. So keep reading to find out where potentially useful relievers like Kevin Cameron, Chris Schroder and John Parrish landed.
Check out the Transactions Glossary for the key to deciphering the various inactive lists presented here.
Signed: 1B Jeff Bailey, SS Ed Rogers (re-signed)
Released: RHP Chase Phillips
Signed: RHP Jeff Kennard
Chicago White Sox
Signed: OF Jason Botts, OF Josh Kroeger (re-signed), OF Ozzie Lewis
Botts left midway through the 2008 season to play for Hokkaido of Japan's Pacific League. He batted .254/.327/.423 with five homers in 55 games that season but did not play for the club at all in ’09. [Correction, as pointed out by reader Ken: Botts played for Hokkaido in ’09, batting .238 with a homer in 11 games.]
Signed: RHP Anthony Reyes (re-signed), RHP Saul Rivera
Released: RHP Franklin Soto
Signed: RHP Juan Rincon (re-signed), C Anthony Aguilera (NDFA—San Jose State)
Signed: 1B Jason Stokes
Stokes in 2004 bashed 24 home runs, mostly with Double-A Carolina in the Marlins system. At the time, the 22-year-old appeared poised to make his mark as a slugger. Consider that he had hit 17 homers in the Florida State League in ’03 and a whopping 27 in the Midwest League in ’02. But then injuries befell Stokes, Florida's second-rounder in ’00, and he missed huge swaths of the ’05 through ’07 seasons. He didn’t play at all in ’08 and ’09, meaning that in the past five years, Stokes, now 27, has made just 395 plate appearances.
Signed: RHP Chris Schroder, 2B Danny Richar, OF Jeff Pruitt
The Cubs signed Pruitt on June 15 as their 23rd-round pick, but they voided the contract shortly thereafter, making him a free agent. This is the first we've heard of him since.
Signed: RHP Josh Banks
Kansas City Royals
Signed: LHP John Parrish
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Hyang-Nam Choi (re-signed), C Gabriel Gutierrez (re-signed), 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (re-signed), SS Angel Berroa, OF Brian Barton, OF Jay Gibbons
Signed: C Matt Treanor
New York Mets
Signed: RHP R.A. Dickey, C Luke Montz, 2B Andy Green (re-signed)
New York Yankees
Signed: C Mike Rivera, OF Reid Gorecki
Traded: RHP Arodys Vizcaino, LHP Mike Dunn and OF Melky Cabrera to Braves for RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan
Signed: RHP Tyler Yates (re-signed), LHP Brian Burres, LHP Neal Cotts
San Diego Padres
Signed: LHP Derrick Loop
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Kevin Cameron
Traded: RHP Brandon Morrow to Blue Jays for RHP Brandon League and OF Johermyn Chavez
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: 1B Ryan Shealy
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: C Raul Chavez (re-signed), OF Chris Lubanski
Traded: RHP Brandon League and OF Johermyn Chavez to Mariners for RHP Brandon Morrow
Signed: LHP Eddie Guardado, 1B Josh Whitesell, SS Eric Bruntlett
Released: RHP Julio Perez, RHP Jose Pinales, LHP Kevin Light, LHP Jose Taveras, SS Valerio Heredia, OF Yhonson Lopez
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