Signed: OF Archie Gilbert
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Ross Ohlendorf
Removed from 40-man: 2B Blake DeWitt (outrighted to Triple-A)
Waiver claim Adrian Cardenas (formerly of the Athletics) essentially takes Blake DeWitt's place on the 40-man roster, aspiring to be a bat-first utility player who can hit for average and fill in at second or third base. Cardenas also learned to play left field last year with Triple-A Sacramento, for whom he batted .314/.374/.418 in 545 PAs last year.
Signed: RHP Brett Tomko
Released: RHP Blair Carson, RHP Chase Ware, LHP Steven Otterness, LHP Justin Walker, 1B Jonathan Kaskow, 2B Wayne Kendrick, 2B Mauricio Pimentel, SS Chris Burleson, OF Ryan Doran
Removed from 40-man: RHP Carlos Fisher (outrighted to Triple-A)
The Reds outrighted Carlos Fisher to Louisville to make room for Ryan Ludwick on the 40-man roster. The rest of the moves you see here fall under the housekeeping header. Of the nine players cut by Cincinnati, only Chase Ware (an NDFA from Arkansas State in ’09) was not on the restricted list just prior to release.
Signed: OF Lance Durham
Signed: RHP Livan Hernandez, 2B Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez grew up in the Cardinals system, meaning that new Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has a history with the 26-year-old Venezuelan. Martinez topped out with Double-A Springfield in the St. Louis system.
Kansas City Royals
Signed: C Eddy Melo, SS Wander Bautista, OF Aaron Guiel (Yakult (Japan))
Aaron Guiel made the big leagues for the first time at age 29 with the ’02 Royals, the same club that gave a 30-year-old Raul Ibanez his first 500 at-bat season. Ibanez rewarded Kansas City with 24 homers and a .537 slugging percentage. Guiel didn't reach those heights, but he did rack up 888 at-bats as a part-time outfielder with the Royals from ’02 through ’06. He caught a break when he latched on with the Japanese Central League's Yakult Swallows in ’07. Guiel belted 35 homers in his debut season in NPB but his production dwindled each subsequent season. He batted .234/.357/.472 overall with 90 homers in 1,701 PAs in Japan.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Jared Lansford, LHP Brent Leach (Yokohama (Japan))
Released: SS Todd Muecklisch
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Kevin Whelan*, LHP Clay Rapada, OF Burt Reynolds (Newark (Can-Am))
Released: LHP Hideki Okajima
Traded: RHP A.J. Burnett and cash to Pirates for RHP Diego Moreno and OF Exicardo Cayones
Burt Reynolds reportedly is a cousin to Robinson Cano. He batted .232/.291/.445 in 286 PAs for Newark last year.
Signed: RHP Daniel Cabrera, RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Kris Harvey
Traded: RHP Diego Moreno and OF Exicardo Cayones to Yankees for RHP A.J. Burnett and cash
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: RHP Scott Linebrink, 3B Alex Cora
San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Jeff Suppan
Signed: 2B Carlos Guillen
Elected free agency: C Chris Gimenez
Removed from 40-man: C Chris Gimenez, OF Mike Wilson (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: C Chris Gimenez, OF Brad Coon, OF Jeff Salazar
Signed: 1B Conor Jackson
Outrighted to Mexican League: OF Fransisco Lugo (to Quintana Roo)
Toronto Blue Jays
Released: RHP Garrett Mock
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