We published the 537-player strong Minor League Free Agent list on Nov. 4, so check that out if you missed it. Here we present the leftover transactions from an eventful week.
Traded: RHP Derek Lowe and cash to Indians for LHP Chris Jones
Elected free agency: C J.C. Boscan, OF Wilkin Ramirez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Todd Redmond
Removed from 40-man: RHP Stephen Marek, C J.C. Boscan, OF Wilkin Ramirez, OF Antoan Richardson (all four players outrighted to Triple-A)
Righthander Todd Redmond has been a fixture in the Triple-A Gwinnett rotation for the past three seasons, putting up a 3.83 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 83 appearances and 477 innings. He threw a nine-inning no-hitter against Louisville on May 28, 2010, and this year turned in arguably his finest season in the high minors. Redmond led the International League with 169 2/3 innings, while finishing second with a 1.17 WHIP, third with a 2.92 ERA and fifth with 142 strikeouts. He lacks a plus pitch, but he's proven extremely durable, throwing at least 160 innings in five of six full seasons, and he holds velocity on his tailing, low-90s fastball deep into starts.
The 26-year-old Redmond would have qualified for minor league free agency had the Braves left him unprotected. He previously spent time on Atlanta's 40-man roster in ’09.
Elected free agency: C Jake Fox
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chris Jakubauskas, C Jake Fox (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Boston Red Sox
Elected free agency: OF Joey Gathright
Chicago White Sox
Released: 2B Austin Yount
Released: RHP Cesar Caceres, RHP Po-Cheng Chi, RHP Scott Gaffney, RHP Pat Quinn, LHP Tom Cochran, LHP Matt Leonard, LHP Luca Panerati, 2B Jake Kahaulelio, 3B Jorge Jimenez, SS Cristobal Rodriguez, OF Phil Bauer
Elected free agency: RHP Jared Burton, RHP Daryl Thompson
Added to 40-man roster: OF Denis Phipps
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jared Burton, RHP Daryl Thompson (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
The Reds quietly re-signed Dominican outfielder Denis Phipps last offseason following a season in which he topped out in Double-A and batted just .228/.295/.336 in 104 games for Carolina. Cincinnati believed in his raw tools, athleticism and bat speed, even though he hadn't produced results since rookie ball. The 26-year-old Phipps rewarded the organization in ’11 by batting a composite .346/.397/.527 with 12 homers in 122 games at Double-A and Triple-A. He still struck out more than you'd like to see (nearly 25 percent of plate appearances with Louisville) for a batter with gap-to-gap power, so don't be surprised if he gives back some progress next season. The Reds added Phipps to 40-man roster to prevent him from leaving as a minor league free agent.
Traded: LHP Chris Jones to Braves for RHP Derek Lowe and cash
Elected free agency: OF Jerad Head
Removed from 40-man: OF Trevor Crowe (outrighted to Triple-A)
Elected free agency: LHP Brad Thomas
Removed from 40-man: LHP Brad Thomas, C Omir Santos (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Kansas City Royals
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chase Hentges
Los Angeles Angels
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Luis Jimenez
Removed from 40-man: 1B Efren Navarro, SS Gil Velazquez, OF Chris Pettit (all three players outrighted to Triple-A)
Reinstated from DL: RHP Baudilio Lopez
Major shoulder surgery wiped out Luis Jimenez's ’09 campaign before he had even tasted full-season ball, but he's hit his way to Double-A in two years since, and his journey culminated in a place on the Angels' 40-man roster. He could have departed as a minor league free agent otherwise. The 23-year-old Jimenez swings aggressively at the first fastball he believes he can handle, but he puts a lot of them in play with authority. He batted .290/.335/.486 with 18 homers in 490 at-bats for Arkansas this season, and he led the Texas League with 40 doubles, placed second with 94 RBIs and third with 59 extra-base hits. Jimenez might have even more power in store—he slugged 13 of 18 homers on the road—because Arkansas' home park suppresses power.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Added to 40-man roster: OF Alfredo Silverio, OF Scott Van Slyke
First baseman/left fielder Scott Van Slyke led the Southern League in hitting (.348) and doubles (45) and finished runner-up to Paul Goldschmidt in on-base (.427) and slugging (.595). Chattanooga teammate Alfredo Silverio led the way with 76 extra-base hits (16 homers, 42 doubles and a minor league-leading 18 triples) and 289 total bases while batting .306/.340/.532 in 533 at-bats. Scouts like Silverio's chances to become a reliable center-field option with a chance for all five tools to play at the big league level. Adding him and Van Slyke to the 40-man roster ensured that they can't depart via minor league free agency.
Released: 3B Steffan Wilson
Removed from 40-man: RHP Mark DiFelice, LHP Mitch Stetter, SS Josh Wilson (all three players outrighted to Triple-A)
Released: 1B Kelvin Silvania
Elected free agency: OF Jason Repko
Released: 2B Neudy Clime
Elected free agency: LHP Brian Burres
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kevin Hart, LHP Brian Burres, LHP Aaron Thompson, 1B Steve Pearce, 3B Brandon Wood (all five players outrighted to Triple-A)
St. Louis Cardinals
Released: RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Cale Johnson, LHP Manuel de la Cruz, OF D'Marcus Ingram, OF Jim Rapoport
San Diego Padres
Elected free agency: C Rob Johnson
Removed from 40-man: C Rob Johnson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Omar Beltre, RHP Eric Hurley, RHP Merkin Valdez, 3B Esteban German, SS Andres Blanco (all five players outrighted to Triple-A)
Toronto Blue Jays
Removed from 40-man: LHP Jesse Carlson, OF Adam Loewen (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
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