Not to be outdone by 49-year-old Jamie Moyer signing a minor league pact with the Rockies last time, ageless infielder Omar Vizquel signed with the Blue Jays. If he's playing in the big leagues on April 24, Vizquel will be 45 years old and in his 24th season.
Elsewhere, we see grizzled veteran lefty relievers Trever Miller (age 38) and Brian Tallet (34) sign minor league deals with the Cubs and Pirates, respectively. Both went from the Cardinals to the Blue Jays last July as part of the Colby Rasmus-for-Edwin Jackson blockbuster.
Signed: RHP Pat Neshek, 2B Chris Tremblay
Released: LHP Nate Nery, 2B Pedro Rodriguez, SS Moises Ciriaco, OF Rojean Cleofa, OF Martin Serrata
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Sean White
Signed: LHP Trever Miller
Removed from 40-man: RHP Manny Corpas (outrighted to Triple-A)
Chicago White Sox
Signed: LHP Scott Olsen, 2B Erik Morrison
Released: OF Will Stramp
Signed: RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Dan Wheeler, SS Ryan Rohlinger
Signed: 2B Hernan Iribarren (re-signed)
Signed: 1B Brad Eldred
Signed: C Jair Fernandez, 3B Mike Hessman (Orix (Japan))
Removed from 40-man: SS Angel Sanchez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Mike Hessman mashed six homers in 48 games for Orix last year, though he batted just .192/.261/.377 in 130 at-bats overall. The 34-year-old leads all active players with 329 career homers in the minors (plus 14 in the majors and six in Japan).
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Roman Colon, 3B Adanniel Blanco, OF Roman Hernandez
The Royals signed Cuban defector Ramon Hernandez for $550,000. The 24-year-old had been training in the Dominican Republic.
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: LHP Greg Smith, C Adrian Gutierrez (NDFA—Arizona Western JC)
Signed: RHP Josh Schmidt, C Cole Armstrong
Signed: OF Corey Patterson
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Manny Delcarmen
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kevin Whelan (outrighted to Triple-A)
Released: 3B Jason Christian
A fifth-round pick from Michigan in ’08, Jason Christian moved off shortstop during his full-season debut a year later. His bat doesn't profile nearly as well at second or third base, and Christian batted .268/.343/.385 in 1,101 pro at-bats for the Athletics, topping out in Double-A last August and September.
Signed: LHP Brian Tallet
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: RHP Jared Springer (NDFA—Southern Arkansas)
Released: OF Victor Encarnacion
Signed: RHP Brian Sweeney
Tampa Bay Rays
Removed from 40-man: OF Justin Ruggiano (outrighted to Triple-A)
Elected free agency: OF Justin Ruggiano
Signed: OF Kyle Hudson
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: SS Omar Vizquel
Released: RHP Chris Roman, LHP Drew Elliott, LHP Jorge Navarette, LHP Alex Pepe, LHP Sam Strickland, LHP Jose Vargas, 1B Yudelmis Hernandez, OF Yeico Aponte, OF Chris Hopkins
Signed: RHP Gaby Hernandez
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