Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 21-28.
Signed: RHP Mike DeMark (re-signed), 3B Chris Nowak (York (Atlantic))
Traded: 3B Chris Johnson and OF Justin Upton to Braves for RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, 3B Brandon Drury, SS Nick Ahmed and OF Martin Prado
Chris Nowak played in the Brewers system in ’11 but didn't latch on with an affiliated club last year, beginning in the Mexican League (five games) before signing with York and batting .285/.391/.570 with an Atlantic League-leading 34 homers and 107 RBIs in 129 games.
Traded: RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, 3B Brandon Drury, SS Nick Ahmed and OF Martin Prado to Diamondbacks for 3B Chris Johnson and OF Justin Upton
Signed: RHP Rob Delaney, RHP Manny Delcarmen, OF Chris Pettit, OF Andrickson Zorrilla (NDFA—Advanced Software Analysis (N.Y.) JC)
The Orioles' foray into the minor league free agent market has turned up more than a dozen players with big league experience. The list includes not only Rob Delaney, Manny Delcarmen and Chris Pettit above, but also Lew Ford, Travis Ishikawa, Conor Jackson, Daniel McCutchen, Jason Pridie, Niuman Romero and Rich Rundles.
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Charlie Haeger (did not play in ’12), LHP Christian Perdomo (NDFA—Advanced Software Analysis (N.Y.) JC)
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mathew Price
The Red Sox released Charlie Haeger prior to spring training last year, but the knuckleballer is back in the fold after taking a year off.
Signed: OF Bobby Buckner (NDFA—Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)
Former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi outfielder Boby Buckner is the son of former big leaguer Bill Buckner, who starred for the Cubs from 1977 to ’84.
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Andrew Brackman
The White Sox have gambled on other clubs' first-round pitching talents in the past, hitting the jackpot with the likes of John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Matt Thornton and (briefly) Phil Humber, but Andrew Brackman may represent the biggest challenge yet. He hasn't had a walk rate below 5 BB/9 since the first half of ’10 with Double-A Trenton in the Yankees system. Chicago also signed reclamation lefty Trevor Reckling this offseason, and they're bringing hard-throwing first-rounders David Purcey (’04 Blue Jays) and Daniel Moskos (’07 Pirates) to big league camp.
Signed: RHP Shaun Ellis, 3B Matt Mangini
The Phillies drafted Shaun Ellis in the 32nd round in ’08, but he never appeared in a game for the organization. He spent the ’09 through ’11 seasons playing independent ball, but he appears to have taken a year off prior to signing with Cincinnati.
Signed: OF Ben Francisco (non-tendered by Rays), OF Ryan Raburn (released by Tigers, Nov. 20)
Signed: RHP Marc Magliaro (NDFA—Rowan (N.J.)), 1B Ryan Garko, OF Greg Golson
Signed: OF Rick Ankiel (released by Nationals, July 27)
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Jamie Richmond (Quebec (Can-Am)), 2B Lewis Urena (re-signed)
Los Angeles Angels
Released: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (signed with SK Wyverns (Korea))
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Kyle Cofield (released by Pirates, June 29), OF Jaylen Harris
Signed: RHP Chad Qualls, 3B Tug Hulett
Like fellow Miami minor league signee Austin Kearns, Chad Qualls is an Article XX(B) major league free agent who qualifies for an automatic June 1 opt-out and a retention bonus if he plays Triple-A ball.
Signed: SS Bobby Crosby (did not play in 2011-12)
Released: RHP Hitaniel Arias, OF Jose Garcia
New York Mets
Signed: LHP Pedro Feliciano
Pedro Feliciano appeared in zero big league games for the Yankees during the life of his two-year contract. Like Chad Qualls (Marlins, above) he's an Article XX-B major league free agent.
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Chris Smith (Washington (Frontier)), LHP Josh Romanski (re-signed), SS Leugim Barroso (Rio Grande Valley (North American))
Signed: RHP Carlos Fisher, LHP Pedro Viola
Released: OF Rashad Ramsey
Signed: OF Joe Mather
San Diego Padres
Signed: LHP Arturo Lopez (Mexico City (Mexican))
Released: RHP Chris Franklin, RHP Collin Reynolds, LHP Dan Lazzaroni, 3B Michael Wing
San Francisco Giants
Released: RHP Luis Angeles, RHP Andrew Berger, RHP Tyler Christman, LHP Mitchell Beacom, LHP Ari Ronick, LHP Scotty Walker, C Dashenko Ricardo, 1B Bryan Nicholson
Signed: LHP Eric Niesen (Long Island (Atlantic)), C Ronny Paulino, OF Kurt Fleming (released by Braves, Nov. 15)
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Juan Oviedo, OF Shelley Duncan
Signed: LHP Nate Robertson
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Jhonny Hernandez, RHP Jairo Rosario, IF Deivy Consuegra
Released: 2B Christian Frias
Signed: OF Jerad Head
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