Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Nov. 6-12.
Please see the new-and-improved Minor League Free Agent Tracker to monitor player movement and see who's still available.
Signed: RHP Eddie Bonine, RHP Garrett Mock, OF Brad Snyder
Released: LHP Mike Hampton
Mike Hampton made 14 appearances in the Diamondbacks organization in ’10, but he had been voluntarily retired since March ’11. [Edit: As noted in the comments below, Hampton will serve as pitching coach for the Angels' Double-A Arkansas club next season, a hiring that required his release from Arizona.]
Signed: RHP Wilmi Francisco
Signed: RHP Blake Parker (re-signed)
Released: 1B Rebel Ridling
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Ramon Troncoso
Traded: RHP Brandon Kloess to Padres for OF Blake Tekotte
Signed: 1B Mike Hessman, 3B Marquez Smith
Released: OF Wilfrel Estevez
Elected free agency: SS Wilson Valdez
Removed from 40-man: SS Wilson Valdez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Veteran minor league slugger Mike Hessman mashed 35 home runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City in ’12, running his total in the domestic minors to 364. He also has 14 in the big leagues and six in Japan.
Signed: LHP Jose Alvarez
Kansas City Royals
Signed: C Manny Pina (re-signed), 1B Ian Gac, 3B Brandon Wood, OF Luis Durango, OF Jose Mogollon
Released: OF Ysmelin Alcantara
Removed from 40-man: OF Jason Bourgeois (outrighted to Triple-A)
The Rockies deployed Brandon Wood as a utility infielder at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season—43 games at third, 17 at short, 22 at second—though the three-time Angels No. 1 prospect hit just .259/.313/.409 with 10 homers in favorable hitting conditions. He's entering his age-28 season, so a big league breakthrough still is possible.
Signed: RHP Jordan Smith, 2B Chris Valaika, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
The Marlins relied on minor league free agent import Donovan Solano at second base and a seeming cast of thousands at third last summer after the July trades of Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez. Extra depth like Chris Valaika and Kevin Kouzmanoff can't hurt.
Signed: C Eric Fryer, SS Jason Christian
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Greg Burke, C Mike Nickeas (re-signed)
Released: C Tony Piazza
An ’03 12th-rounder, Tony Piazza had been on the restricted list since spring training ’07.
Signed: C Luke Montz
Signed: RHP Ryan Reid, 1B Jeff Larish (re-signed), 3B Jared Goedert, OF Darren Ford
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: C Rob Johnson
San Diego Padres
Signed: C Eddy Rodriguez (re-signed)
Traded: OF Blake Tekotte to White Sox for RHP Brandon Kloess
Signed by the White Sox out of the Frontier League in June ’09, Kloess sinks the ball at 90-92 mph and throws strikes, and if everything breaks right he could pick up middle-relief innings in San Diego. Still, that's not a bad return for the designated-for-assignment Blake Tekotte.
San Francisco Giants
Elected free agency: 2B Emmanuel Burriss
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: LHP Ryan Bradley
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Seon Gi Kim
Signed: RHP Yonata Ortega, RHP Zach Simons, LHP Scott Olsen, C Juan Apodaca, OF Jim Adduci, OF Aaron Cunningham
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Justin Germano, RHP Bobby Korecky (re-signed)
Signed: RHP Yefri Pena, 2B Will Rhymes, SS Leudys Baez, OF Ray Kruml
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