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Signed: OF Wily Mo Pena, OF David Winfree
David Winfree, a 25-year-old right fielder, enjoyed his first taste of Pacific Coast League life this season, batting .315/.349/.534 with 10 homers in 57 games for Tacoma. He'll head to the launching pad in Reno if he begins next season in Triple-A. Winfree spent all of ’09 and half of ’10 in the International League with the Twins and Yankees.
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Jason Bergmann
Traded: RHP Casey Kelly, 1B Anthony Rizzo, OF Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named to Padres for 1B Adrian Gonzalez
Signed: OF Brad Snyder (re-signed)
The 18th pick in the ’03 draft, right fielder Brad Snyder made his big league debut for the Cubs this season, going 5-for-27 (.185) in 12 games. The 28-year-old enjoyed a career year while playing for Triple-A Iowa, batting .308/.381/.568 with 25 homers, 37 doubles, 106 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Snyder finished second in the Pacific Coast League in RBIs, runs (97) and total bases (271).
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Brian Bruney, C Donny Lucy (re-signed)
Signed: LHP Dontrelle Willis
Signed: C Paul Phillips, 3B Jack Hannahan
Signed: RHP Enrique Gonzalez (re-signed), LHP John Bale (Hiroshima (Japan)), C Omir Santos, OF Alex Nunez (Quebec (Can-Am))
The Tigers continue to look to the Far East for lefthanded relief, signing John Bale from Japan. In the past two offseasons, they signed Brad Thomas (Korea) in ’10 and Fu-Te Ni (Taiwan) in ’09. Bale appeared in 30 games for Hiroshima this season, striking out 21 and walking 15 in 26 2/3 innings.
Alex Nunez, a 29-year-old corner outfielder/infielder, has spent the better part of the past six seasons in the independent Can-Am League. He's hitting .364/.436/.455 through 25 games for Aragua in the Venezuelan League, perhaps piquing the Tigers' interest.
Signed: 3B Neil Sellers, SS Chris Gutierrez
Signed: RHP Erick Abreu (re-signed), RHP Jailen Peguero (re-signed)
Seeking bullpen insurance, the Astros re-signed righties Erick Abreu (8.0 strikeouts per nine innings, 1.20 WHIP) and Jailen Peguero (9.5, 1.13), who both pitched primarily in Double-A this season. Both had firm strikeout rates and did a solid job limiting baserunners.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Mario Alvarez (re-signed), RHP Stuart Pomeranz, RHP Oscar Villarreal, LHP Wilkin de la Rosa, LHP Dana Eveland, OF Trent Oeltjen (re-signed)
Lefty Wilkin de la Rosa, a converted outfielder, spent about a season on the Yankees' 40-man roster. He's got a decent 88-89 mph sinking fastball and changeup, but his walk rate in Double-A (4.8 per nine innings) simply is untenable. He's so new to pitching though—just four years—that he could improve dramatically with more work.
Signed: LHP Sam Narron (re-signed)
Traded: 2B Brett Lawrie to Blue Jays for RHP Shaun Marcum
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Boof Bonser, C Dusty Ryan, 2B Russ Adams (re-signed), OF Brahiam Maldonado (re-signed)
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Buddy Carlyle (Nippon-Ham (Japan))
The Yankees continue to cast a wide net for relievers this offseason, signing Buddy Carlyle out of Japan, where he notched a 14-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Nippon-Ham this season. They've also signed lefties Neal Cotts and Andy Sisco as well as outfielder-turned-righthander Brian Anderson to minor league deals. Additionally, they made two selections in the major league Rule 5 draft, taking a pair of hard throwers from American League rivals: lefty Robert Fish (Angels) and righty Dan Turpen (Red Sox).
Signed: RHP Joe Bateman
The Triple-A Durham Bulls rode righty relievers Winston Abreu and Joe Bateman to the International League finals this year, but in the end the Rays did not re-sign either of them. Abreu departed for a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, while Bateman did the same with the Athletics. Righthanded batters struggled with Bateman's low arm slot in ’10, going just 26-for-144 (.181) with a mere four extra-base hits. So far this winter, it's been more of the same in the Venezuelan League, as Bateman kept righties at bay for Caracas (6-for-37 (.162)).
Signed: RHP Brian Bass, C Erik Kratz, 2B Josh Barfield
Signed: RHP Fernando Nieve, C Dusty Brown
San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Luis Perdomo (re-signed), 3B Jesus Guzman, SS Gregorio Petit
Traded: 1B Adrian Gonzalez to Red Sox for RHP Casey Kelly, 1B Anthony Rizzo, OF Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named
The Padres have just four infielders listed on their 40-man roster at this time—one of whom is 21-year-old middle infielder Jeudy Valdez, who hit .247 in low Class A this season—so glove-first shortstop Gregorio Petit has a real chance to make the big league team as a utility player. The 26-year-old has great baseball instincts, but thus far he's hit just .257/.313/.343 in more than 1,500 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. Still, it's hard to find true up-the-middle talents on the minor league market, and Petit did rank second to Nashville's Luis Cruz among Pacific Coast League shortstops in assists, putouts, total chances and double plays.
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Waldis Joaquin (re-signed), RHP Shane Loux
Waldis Joaquin's excellent adventure ends right where it began. The 23-year-old re-signed with the Giants after refusing an assignment to the White Sox when they claimed him on waivers.
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: LHP R.J. Swindle (re-signed)
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Clint Everts (re-signed), SS Manny Mayorson (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Shaun Marcum to Brewers for 2B Brett Lawrie
Signed: OF Jonathan Tucker
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