This time: Feb. 1-11
Previous installment: Jan. 25-31
Check out the Transactions Glossary for the key to deciphering the various inactive lists presented here.
Signed: LHP Will Startup
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: RHP Armando Gabino, RHP Dennis Sarfate
The signings of Miguel Tejada and Mark Hendrickson to big league deals pushed Gabino and Sarfate off the 40-man roster.
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Joe Nelson
Signed: 1B Kevin Millar, OF Jason Dubois
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Ben Fritz (Lancaster (Atlantic))
An Athletics' first-round pick in '02, Fritz made his way to the Tigers via the '07 Rule 5 draft, minor league edition. His journey through affiliated ball stopped abruptly in August '08 when Detroit released him amid a rough season with Double-A Erie. Fritz, 28, joined the independent ranks and made 34 starts for Lancaster in the past two seasons, compiling a record of 8-10, 4.13.
Released: RHP Luis Machuca
Signed: RHP Justin Speier, LHP Adam Bright (re-signed), LHP Jimmy Gobble, 1B Josh Phelps, OF Alex Escobar, OF Bronson Sardinha
Even if he doesn't crack the Rockies' roster, Speier will be one of Triple-A's highest-paid players. The Angels are still on the hook for the $5.2 million they committed when they signed the slider specialist for four years following the '06 season.
Neither Escobar nor Sardinha played affiliated or independent ball last year, though Escobar did put in time for Magallanes of the Venezuelan League this winter. The 31-year-old batted .273/.359/.394 with four doubles in 17 games. Seeing as the Rockies are swimming in lefty outfield bats, Escobar may provide insurance in case Ryan Spilborghs doesn't bounce back.
Signed: OF Josh Burrus (Lincoln (American Association))
Burrus, a Braves' first-round selection in '01, spent the past two season in independent ball, batting a composite .273/.356/.431 in 722 at-bats. The Rockies cut him in spring training '08, sending Burrus, still just 26, to the Atlantic League and then to the American Association.
Signed: RHP Seth McClung, RHP Jermaine Van Buren (La New (Taiwan)), OF Jason Lane
Van Buren last pitched in the U.S. in '07, suiting up for Triple-A Sacramento in the A's system. From what we gather, he pitched in Taiwan for La New in 2008-09, though records for the CPBL are spotty.
Signed: LHP Edwin Walker
Kansas City Royals
Signed: OF Jose Giron
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: SS Mario Lisson
Rick Ankiel takes Lisson's place on the Royals' 40-man roster.
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Bobby Korecky, RHP Ryan Woods (NDFA—Lewis-Clark State (Idaho))
Released: C John Rickard, 1B Alibay Barkley
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Seth Etherton, RHP Ramon Ortiz, 3B Corey Smith, OF Alfredo Amezaga, OF Brian Giles
Released: RHP Jean Eusebio
Signed: RHP Tim Dillard (re-signed), RHP Chris Smith (re-signed), LHP Scott Schoeneweis, LHP Chase Wright (re-signed)
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: RHP Tim Dillard, RHP Chris Smith
Dillard and Smith passed through waivers and were assigned to Triple-A Nashville. In a strange twist of fate, the Brewers deemed them expendable when they made waiver claims of their own for Joe Inglett, a second baseman/corner outfield type from the Blue Jays, and Marco Estrada, a short-ish righthanded reliever with a 7.20 ERA for the Nationals.
Signed: LHP Mike Maroth
Maroth, 32, did not pitch during the regular season, but did a fair imitation of himself in the Puerto Rican League last winter, going 3-0, 2.60 with a 15-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35 innings.
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Josh Fogg, LHP Travis Blackley, LHP Neal Musser (Lancaster (Atlantic)), OF Frank Catalanotto
Released: LHP Raul Batis
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: RHP Jack Egbert
Reinstated from inactive list LHP Raul Batis
Egbert lost his place on the 40-man when the Mets claimed former Twins outfielder Jason Pridie on waivers. Elsewhere, Musser re-joins the organization that made him a second-round pick in '99. Released by the Astros last April, he migrated to the Atlantic League, where the 29-year-old notched 48 strikeouts in 44 innings out of Lancaster's bullpen.
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Paul Bush (re-signed), 3B Marcos Vechionacci (re-signed), OF Edwar Gonzalez (re-signed), OF Marcus Thames
Released: C Dante Love
Reinstated from inactive list C Dante Love
Signed: RHP Oscar Villarreal, C Zak Farkes, C John Purdom (York (Atlantic)), 1B Gaby Martinez
Yet another recent signee who did not play in '09, Villarreal drew his release from the Royals after his elbow injury necessitated Tommy John surgery.
Signed: 2B Josh Bonifay
The Pirates continue to re-sign Bonifay, the of former general manage Cam, each spring to serve as an instructor in the organization. He last played minor league ball in '06.
San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Scott Munter, RHP Mark Worrell (re-signed), 2B Brett Dowdy
Released: 1B Felix Carrasco
San Francisco Giants
Released: RHP Robert Grace
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: 1B Jesus Guzman
Reinstated from inactive list RHP Robert Grace
Grace spent two years on the restricted list and had not played since the '07 season, which he spent mostly with low Class A Augusta.
Guzman was jettisoned to make way for the re-signing of Bengie Molina. You have to appreciate the symmetry of Guzman's big league line for San Francisco last year: He batted .250/.250/.250 in going 5-for-20 with five singles and no walks.
Released: C Guy Welsh
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: RHP Yusmeiro Petit, 1B Tommy Everidge
No team has out-bustled the Mariners this offseason. So despite being offseason waiver claims themselves, Petit and Everidge found themselves back on the waiver wire when Seattle inked big league pacts with Eric Byrnes and Erik Bedard.
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: 3B Angel Chavez, SS J.J. Furmaniak
Signed: RHP J.K. Ryu, C Guy Edmonds
Ryu did not pitch in '09 after MLB voided the waiver claim that Cleveland made coming out of spring training. Once returned to the Padres, San Diego summarily released him.
A 16-year-old Aussie catcher, Edmonds reportedly received $150,000 to sign.
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Jonah Bayliss (re-signed)
Signed: LHP Mike Venafro, OF Edgardo Baez (re-signed)
Venafro held big league lefthanded batters to a .240/.318/.310 line in parts of seven seasons. The 36-year-old hasn't pitched anywhere (at the professional level) since '07.
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