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Minor League Transactions

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between June 23-29.

Last week’™s transactions available here.

Draft picks are presented alphabetically by position here, but to see each team’s draft in chronological order, be sure to check out our Draft Database.

For even more detailed information, like scouting reports for most players in the top six rounds, check out the fully-searchable subscriber-only Advanced Draft Database.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Draft picks signed:
C Ed Easley (1-s)
Released: OF Connor Janes
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Randy Choate
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jailen Peguero
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Evan Frey
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Jeff DaVanon (high Class A Visalia)

Atlanta Braves
Signed: OF Shawn Garrett
Draft picks signed: RHP Brett Butts (19), C Benji Johnson (17)
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Joe Winkelsas, LHP Dan Smith

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: RHP Derek Barrows
Draft picks signed: RHP Scott Mueller (21)
Placed on suspended list: OF Luis Lopez
Recalled: SS Brandon Fahey
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jon Knott
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Alberto Castillo
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Chris Salberg, 2B Miguel Abreu, SS James Crowley, OF Arturo Rivas
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Chadd Blasko, RHP Ryan Stadanlick

The Orioles signed Barrows from the independent Road Warriors of the Atlantic League. He was drafted as a third baseman out of Campbell by the Giants in the 30th round of the 2003 draft. Blasko also had pitched in indy ball this spring with Fort Worth of the Central League.

Boston Red Sox
Draft picks signed: RHP Chris Province (4)
Released: C Levi Tapia
Placed on suspended list: RHP Lincoln Holdzkom
Recalled: LHP Kason Gabbard
Optioned to Triple-A: OF David Murphy
Placed on minor league disabled list: 3B Manuel Arambarris
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Blake Maxwell
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Brett Lewis
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Lincoln Holdzkom, SS Emmanuel Solano

Chicago Cubs
Signed: RHP Bret Prinz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Billy Petrick
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP William Muldowney (Rookie-level AZL Cubs)

Petrick was a third-round pick in 2002 by the Cubs out of Morris (Ill.) High and was roundly applauded when he made his big league debut at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ ’02 draft held great promise, but the top three pitchers the Cubs picked–Bobby Brownlie, Luke Hagerty and Chadd Blasko–all had injury problems and have spent time in 2007 in independent leagues. The best ’02 Cubs pick has turned out to be fourth-rounder Rich Hill.

Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Adam Bowling (NDFA, Georgia State), RHP Phillip Robbins, 2B Joe Persichina (NDFA, Arizona State), 3B C.J. Retherford (NDFA, Arizona State), OF Adam Shabala
Draft picks signed: RHP John Ely (3), RHP Justin Klipp (22), C John Curtis (14), OF Nick Mahin (16)
Released: 1B Jeremy West
Placed on suspended list: C Francisco Hernandez
Reinstated from disabled list: C Reymundo Tavares

Persichina and Retherford joined the organization as free agents after the Sun Devils were eliminated from the College World Series. Retherford was a reserve most of the season before hitting four homers in NCAA tournament play.

Cincinnati Reds
Draft picks signed: RHP Derrick Conatser (28)
Released: C Dan Conway, 3B Mike Edwards
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Fernando Encarnacion
Reinstated from disabled list: C Miguel Perez, OF Dewayne Wise
Placed on 60-day disabled list: SS Jacob Kahaulelio
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Jared Burton, LHP Bill Bray, OF Ryan Freel (Triple-A Louisville) and RHP Thomas Pauly (Rookie-level GCL Reds)

Burton, a major league Rule 5 pick from the A’s, has posted a 5.19 ERA for the Reds in between DL stints. Interestingly, in this story Wise discusses how the Rule 5 draft process may have stunted his development as a player.

Cleveland Indians
Draft picks signed: OF Kevin Rucker (47)
Recalled: RHP Edward Mujica
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Edward Mujica
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Nick Pesco, SS Carlos Rivero
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Kelvin Diaz, RHP Adam Miller, RHP Matt Miller, RHP Cliff Politte
Rehabilitation assignment: SS Brian Finegan (Rookie-level GCL Indians)

Adam Miller has been eased back into action, coming out of the bullpen for a one- and a two-inning stint.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: RHP Bob Zimmermann
Draft picks signed: OF Chad Lembeck (44)
Released: C Ramon Rodriguez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Marc Kaiser, RHP Greg Reynolds
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Ronny Lopez, RHP Tomas Santiago, OF Lino Garcia
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Bob Zimmermann
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jorge De Paula, C Agustin Sanchez

Reynolds, the No. 2 overall pick from Stanford in 2006, was shelved with shoulder tendinitis.

Detroit Tigers
Signed: RHP Justin Miller, C Derek Lehrman (NDFA, Eastern Michigan), C Nick Trzesniak, OF Ryan Seawell (NDFA, Stanford)
Draft picks signed: RHP Gary Perinar (11), LHP Manny Miguelez (8)
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Ramon Garcia, 1B Ryan Roberson, SS Louis Ott
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Jeremy Lewis
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Jay Sborz (Rookie-level GCL Tigers)

Sborz was the Tigers’ second-round pick in 2003, after Wake Forest righthander Kyle Sleeth. Combined, they’ve gone 14-25, 5.88 over 358 minor league innings.

Florida Marlins
Signed: LHP Erasmo Ramirez, OF Elvin Vargas
Released: RHP Ricardo Rodriguez
Placed on suspended list: RHP Ryan Tucker
Added to 40-man roster: OF Todd Linden
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Nick Ungs
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Carlos Faria, RHP Michael Hyle, RHP Ross Wolf, LHP Paul Mildren
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jarrett Santos
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeff Allison

Allison, who walked out of Marlins’ spring training in 2006, has been reinstated from the restricted list. The road to redemption the 22-year-od faces is longer than that of Josh Hamilton, and doubly so seeing as he’s a pitcher. Our High School Player of the Year in 2003, Allison was selected 16th overall by the Marlins that year out of a Peabody, Mass., high school. His career got off to an inauspicious start when Allison reported a month late to his first spring training in 2004. He suffered two heroin overdoses and an addiction to the painkiller OxyContin, as detailed in this excellent feature, and hasn’t pitched professionally since 2005, which he spent with low Class A Greensboro.

Houston Astros
Draft picks signed: OF Albert Cartwright (36)
Recalled: RHP Matt Albers, LHP Mark McLemore
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Nick Cavanagh
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Corey Bass

Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Tim Bausher, RHP D.J. Mattox
Reinstated from disabled list: C Adam Donachie
Option transferred: RHP Leo Nunez (Double-A Wichita to Triple-A Omaha)
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Scott Elarton, LHP John Bale, 1B Ross Gload (Triple-A Omaha) and RHP Matt Kniginyzky (Rookie-level AZL Royals)

The Royals signed both Bausher and Mattox from the independent Can-Am League. Bausher, the Mariners’ 27th-round pick in 2001, was pitching for Nashua, while Mattox, the Mets’ 11th-round pick that same year, was working his way back from two Tommy John surgeries with Worcester.

Los Angeles Angels
Draft picks signed: 1B Efren Navarro (50), SS Andrew Romine (5), OF Tyler Mann (9)
Recalled: 1B Kendry Morales, OF Nick Gorneault
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Aaron Cook, RHP David Pellegrine, C Jonathan Hodach, SS Ryan Mount
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP David Pellegrine, RHP Jesse Smith
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP David Austen, RHP Tommy Mendoza, RHP Justin Speier (Rookie-level AZL Angels), SS Maicer Izturis, OF Garret Anderson (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Chris Fussell, C Mark Davis
Draft picks signed: LHP James Adkins (1-s), C Matt Wallach (22)
Released: RHP Greg Acheatel, RHP Mario Gracia, LHP Schuyler Tripp, LHP Matt White, OF Eloy Gutierrez
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Jose Diaz, LHP Alberto Bastardo
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Yulkin German, 1B James Peterson
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Chin-Hui Tsao (Triple-A Las Vegas)

Fussell and Davis were both signed from independent Camden of the Atlantic League. The Dodgers released White so he could pursue a career in Japan, like fellow former L.A. farmhand Mitch Jones. White gained notoriety in the spring due to some luck.

Milwaukee Brewers
Draft picks signed: OF Matt LaPorta (1)
Placed on minor league disabled list: C Nestor Corredor, C Jonathan Requena, 2B Ryan Crew
Reinstated from disabled list: C Michael Hopf, OF Ruben Mateo
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Jose Rangel
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Harold Mejia (Rookie-level AZL Brewers)

Minnesota Twins
Acquired: OF Darnell McDonald from Nationals for RHP Levale Speigner
Recalled: RHP Matt Garza
Optioned to Triple-A: C Chris Heintz
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Tristan Crawford, OF Trent Oeltjen
Reinstated from disabled list: 1B Ken Harvey
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Rondell White (Rookie-level GCL Twins)

New York Mets
Draft picks signed:
3B Tyler Vaughn (22)
Released: 2B John Wolff
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Greg Mullens, LHP Adam Bostick, OF Fernando Martinez
Placed on 60-day disabled list: LHP Duane Privett
Transferred to 60-day disabled list: 3B Zach Lutz
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Blake Eager, SS Sean Henry
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Leivi Ventura

Martinez was out with a right hand contusion, putting his Futures Game appearance in serious jeopardy.

New York Yankees
Signed: LHP Matt Foard (NDFA, Charlotte), C Caleb Ginsberg
Draft picks signed: OF Taylor Holiday (19), OF Isaiah Howes (11), OF Matt Morris (23)
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Hector Noesi, C Jason Brown, C Caleb Ginsberg, 3B Brian Chavez, SS Mitch Hilligoss
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Kyle Thomas, C J.T. Lafountain
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Kevin Russo
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP T.J. Beam, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Pete Walker (Rookie-level GCL Yankees)

Oakland Athletics
Draft picks signed: RHP Sam Demel (3)
Traded: OF Milton Bradley to Padres for RHP Andrew Brown
Acquired: RHP Jermaine Van Buren from Nationals for player to be named
Recalled: RHP Ruddy Lugo, LHP Dallas Braden
Added to 40-man roster: OF Dee Brown
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Kevin Melillo
Reinstated from disabled list: C Casey Myers
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Bobby Kielty, OF Chris Snelling (Triple-A Sacramento)

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed: RHP Liam Shanahan (NDFA, Western Kentucky), LHP J.C. Romero
Draft picks signed: RHP Jivan James (22), 3B Tyler Mach (4)
Acquired: C John Suomi from Nationals for future considerations
Recalled: C Chris Coste
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Clay Condrey, RHP J.D. Durbin
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yoel Hernandez
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Nic Jackson
Reinstated from disabled list: OF Javon Moran

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft picks signed: C Andrew Walker (5)
Released: RHP Matt Lorenzo, RHP Alay Soler
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jonah Bayliss, 1B Brad Eldred
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Dan Kolb
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Kevin Gryboski, C Steven Lerud, OF Matthew Meath, OF Brett Roneberg
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Felipe Garcia, RHP Kevin Gryboski, C Denny Nino, OF Vic Buttler, OF Matthew Meath
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Carlos Maldonado, C Andrew Walker
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Carlos Amaro, SS Javier Guzman (Rookie-level GCL Pirates)

Discarded by the Mets in spring training, Cuban defector Soler didn’t last long with the Pirates, either. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, the burly Soler went 1-1, 6.00 with 24 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39 innings for Double-A Altoona.

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: RHP Raymond Silva (NDFA, Texas-Pan American), 1B Tim Dorn
Draft picks signed: RHP Adam Reifer (11)
Placed on suspended list: RHP Kris Bakey
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Troy Percival
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Andy Cavazos
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Kelly Stinnett
Placed on minor league disabled list: SS Rico Washington, OF John Rodriguez
Reinstated from disabled list: LHP Ryan Hodinka, 3B Jolbert Cabrera, 3B Travis Hanson, OF Jon Jay
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Noel Salas
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Gary Daley, LHP Ryan Hodinka, C Darrell Carpenter (Rookie-level GCL Cardinals)

The Cardinals signed Dorn from independent Southern Illinois of the Frontier League. St. Louis received valuable contributions from reliever Josh Kinney, himself an indy league veteran, during the 2006 postseason. Percival started this season gaining attention for his carpentry more than for his baseball comeback.

San Diego Padres
Draft picks signed: RHP Dylan Axelrod (30), LHP Cory Luebke (1-s)
Released: OF Daniel Cannon
Traded: RHP Andrew Brown to Athletics for OF Milton Bradley
Recalled: RHP Mike Thompson
Designated for assignment: LHP Sean Thompson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Thompson
Optioned to Double-A: 3B Chase Headley
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Bobby Basham
Loaned to Mexican League: LHP Javier Lopez
Rehabilitation assignment: LHP Shawn Estes (Rookie-level AZL Padres), OF Brian Giles (high Class A Lake Elsinore)

Estes, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched in one game for the Padres in 2006.

San Francisco Giants
Released: RHP Thomas King
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Robert Grace, 2B Aaron Hornostaj
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Wayne Foltin, RHP Darren Sack, RHP Craig Whitaker, LHP Jared Cranston, 1B Travis Ishikawa, 2B Brad Boyer, OF Clay Timpner
Option transferred: 1B Travis Ishikawa (Double-A Connecticut to high Class A San Jose)
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Sharlon Schoop
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Skyler Stromsmoe
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Jesse Foppert, OF Emmanuel Cividanes, OF Joe Dyche (Rookie-level AZL Giants) and OF Fred Lewis (Triple-A Fresno)

Seattle Mariners
Signed: RHP Stephen Bills (NDFA, UC Riverside), LHP Craig Deaver (NDFA, Regis (Colo.) University)
Placed on minor league disabled list: OF Jon Nelson
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Doug Fister, OF Mike Wilson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Justin Lehr
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Rollie Gibson
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Ivan Blanco (Rookie-level AZL Mariners)

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Draft picks signed: 2B Cody Cipriano (9), RHP Will Kline (2)
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Aaron Walker
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Paul Moviel
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Neil Walton
Rehabilitation assignment: 2B B.J. Upton (high Class A Vero Beach)

Moviel’s younger brother Paul signed recently as the Mets’ seventh-round pick.

Texas Rangers
Signed: OF Luke Salas (NDFA, Pepperdine)
Released: RHP Tony Pluta, SS Johany Abreu
Recalled: RHP Scott Feldman
Placed on minor league disabled list: LHP Glenn Swanson
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Kendy Batista, RHP Edinson Volquez, SS Johany Abreu, SS Drew Meyer
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Kendy Batista, OF Craig Gentry (Rookie-level AZL Rangers) and RHP Brandon McCarthy (Triple-A Oklahoma)

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: LHP Scott Sauerbeck
Draft picks signed: SS Justin Jackson (1-s)
Placed on suspended list: RHP Billy Carnline
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ty Taubenheim
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Yesson Berroa, RHP Yusaku Iriki, OF Brian Pettway
Reinstated from disabled list: C Josh Bell
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C John Schneider, SS Sergio Santos
Reinstated from inactive list: C John Schneider
Rehabilitation assignment: OF Reed Johnson (high Class A Dunedin)

The GCL Blue Jays, in their very first season, will feature perhaps the complex leagues’ most intriguing infield. Jackson joins first-rounder Kevin Ahrens, second-rounder John Tolisano and Venezuelan bonus baby Balbino Fuenmayor in Dunedin.

Washington Nationals
Draft picks signed: OF Boomer Whiting (28)
Released: RHP Daniel Foli, RHP Shane Funk, RHP Thomas Nall, LHP Juan de los Santos, 3B Brandon Larson
Traded: RHP Jermaine Van Buren to Athletics for player to be named; C John Suomi to Phillies for future considerations; and OF Darnell McDonald to Twins for RHP Levale Speigner
Recalled: RHP Beltran Perez, RHP Chris Schroder
Added to 40-man roster: 2B D’Angelo Jimenez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Schroder, OF Brandon Watson
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Beltran Perez, RHP Levale Speigner
Placed on minor league disabled list: RHP Moises Corporan
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Johan Figuereo, RHP Beltran Perez, 2B Brandon Powell
Rehabilitation assignment: RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Garrett Mock (Rookie-level GCL Nationals)

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