Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported between Oct. 6-15. Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Granted free agency:
RHP Casey Daigle, SS Donnie Sadler

Atlanta Braves
Granted free agency: RHP Jonathan Johnson

Baltimore Orioles
Granted free agency: RHP Rob Bell, OF Jon Knott

Boston Red Sox
Granted free agency: RHP Adam Bernero

Chicago Cubs
Released: RHP Brad Clipp, RHP Donald Walters, 3B Brandon Taylor, OF Andy Lopez

The Cubs acquired Lopez from the Devil Rays in the February trade that sent righthander J.K. Ryu to Tampa Bay. The 20-year-old Lopez made it to high Class A for nine games in 2007, but has spent much of his time in rookie ball and low Class A since being the Rays’ eighth-round pick from high school in 2005.

Cincinnati Reds
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Kirk Saarloos, OF Jason Ellison
Granted free agency: RHP Kirk Saarloos, SS Enrique Cruz, OF Bubba Crosby, OF Jason Ellison

Colorado Rockies
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Zach McClellan, LHP Dan Serafini
Granted free agency: RHP Tim Harikkala, LHP Dan Serafini

Detroit Tigers
Return of Rule 5 selection: LHP Ed Campusano
Assigned to Hawaii Winter Baseball: C Dusty Ryan, SS Cale Iorg, SS Danny Worth, OF Jeramy Laster

Campusano spent the season on the disabled list while recovering from Tommy John surgery, affording the Tigers six months to decide whether they wanted to keep the major league Rule 5 pick or cut him. They chose to return him to the Cubs, even though they would not be required to keep him on the major league 25-man roster in 2008.

Florida Marlins
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Paul Hoover, 1B Jason Wood, OF Todd Linden
Granted free agency: C Paul Hoover, OF Todd Linden
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Craig Molldrem, RHP Scott Nestor, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Ross Wolf, C Brett Hayes, 3B Chris Coghlan, OF Jai Miller
Assigned to Hawaii Winter Baseball: RHP Jacob Marceaux, RHP Brett Sinkbeil

Hoover has spent most of his pro career in the minors (940 games going back to 1997, in fact), but one of his major league accomplishments might endure. On Sept. 29, the next to last day of the season, Hoover spoiled Mets righthander John Maine’s bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the eighth. The no-no would have been the first in the franchise’s 45-year history. Maine jammed Hoover, but the catcher fought it off and dribbled the ball down the third base line for infield hit.

Houston Astros
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Stephen Randolph, SS Cody Ransom
Granted free agency: RHP Miguel Asencio

Kansas City Royals
Released: 2B Carlos Febles

The Royals committed to a pair of rookie Carloses in 1999, second baseman Febles and center fielder Beltran. Beltran, of course, won rookie of the year honors for his .293/.337/.454 season, but the 23-year-old Febles was not far behind. He hit .256/.336/.411. The trouble was his hitting never improved and his contributions to team speed and defense were just modest, and he was done as a regular in 2000, his sophomore season. Febles stuck around for a few years after that, last playing in the majors in 2003 and in the minors a year after that, hitting .257/.310/.356 for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 68 games. The Royals had signed Febles as a minor league free agent in spring training 2005, but he never played another game for the organization.

Los Angeles Angels
Released: SS Alex Fonseca
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Alex Fonseca

Minnesota Twins
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Alejandro Machado
Granted free agency: OF Lew Ford, OF Josh Rabe

New York Mets
Granted free agency: OF Chip Ambres

New York Yankees
Granted free agency: C Wil Nieves

Oakland Athletics
Released: RHP Kazuhito Tadano
Reinstated from disabled list: RHP Jorge Arrioja
Granted free agency: SS J.J. Furmaniak

Philadelphia Phillies
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Kane Davis, RHP Yoel Hernandez
Granted free agency: 2B Joe Thurston

Pittsburgh Pirates
Granted free agency: RHP Dan Kolb

St. Louis Cardinals
Released: RHP Phillip Andersen, RHP Robert Ransom, RHP Mike Schellinger, LHP Ryan Hodinka, C Garrett Bussiere, 1B Tim Dorn, 3B Juan Cabrera, SS Jose Contreras, SS Christian Lopez, OF Edwin Conde, OF Carlos Schonenberg

San Diego Padres
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Jonathon Ellis, RHP Neil Jamison, RHP Edwin Moreno, LHP Will Startup, C Nick Hundley, 3B Matt Antonelli, OF Will Venable

San Francisco Giants
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Kelyn Acosta, RHP Dan Giese, LHP Travis Blackley, 3B Scott McClain
Granted free agency: SS Luis Figueroa

Seattle Mariners
Granted free agency: RHP Jason Davis
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Ricky Orta, LHP Justin Thomas

Texas Rangers
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Willie Eyre, RHP Mike Wood, C Chris Stewart, OF Kevin Mahar
Granted free agency: RHP Francisco Cruceta, LHP Bruce Chen, 2B Desi Relaford

Toronto Blue Jays
Granted free agency: 2B Ryan Roberts
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Justin James, RHP Jamie Vermilyea, LHP David Purcey, LHP Ricky Romero, SS Sergio Santos, OF Ryan Patterson, OF Travis Snider
Assigned to Hawaii Winter Baseball: C Brian Jeroloman, 3B Anthony Hatch

Washington Nationals
Released: RHP Robert Almonte, RHP Matt Perks, LHP Dan Pfau, 2B Jonathan Castro
Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Jonathan Martinez
Outrighted off 40-man roster:
RHP Winston Abreu, RHP Chris Booker, RHP Jason Simontacchi, LHP Mike Bacsik, LHP Arnie Munoz, OF Brandon Watson
Granted free agency: RHP Winston Abreu, RHP Chris Booker, RHP Beltran Perez, OF Brandon Watson
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Alexis Morales, RHP Zech Zinicola, C Devin Ivany, 3B Kory Casto, OF Justin Maxwell

Bacsik, of course, is the Al Downing of his generation for having yielded Barry Bonds’ record-setting 756th career home run. His career mark of 10-13, 5.46, however, pales in comparison to Downing’s 123-107, 3.22 numbers..

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