This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Nov. 3 and Nov. 9. Last week’s transactions available here.
For a complete listing of minor league free agents, go here.
Released: OF Matt Esquivel
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Matt Esquivel
Esquivel, 24, was sent home by the Braves in each of the last two seasons for persistent disciplinary issues. He hit 19 home runs for Double-A Mississippi in just 372 at-bats in 2007, though his Southern League batting line is .251/.327/.427 over two (partial) seasons.
Chicago White Sox
Released: RHP Mike Rocco, RHP Wascar Segura, C Matt Sharp, C Reymundo Tavares, 2B Brandon Johnson, SS Scott Madsen, SS Mike Myers, SS Ramon Pena, OF Rod Allen
Signed: RHP Jeff Harris
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: 2B Scott Sizemore
Traded: RHP Brad Lidge and SS Eric Bruntlett to Phillies for OF Michael Bourn, 3B Mike Costanzo and RHP Geoff Geary
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Ezequiel Amador
Released: LHP Jimmy Rollins, C Adam Beacham
Los Angeles Dodgers
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Chin-Hui Tsao
Tsao’s fate was sealed when the Dodgers picked up old friend Chan Ho Park from the scrap heap. The 34-year-old Park originally signed with the Dodgers from Korea in 1994, of course, and gave the club his six best seasons, from 1996 to 2001. He signed a lucrative five-year deal with the Rangers following 2001, and he just hasn’t been the same pitcher outside of Dodger Stadium. Park has bounced through the Padres, Mets and Astros systems since leaving Texas.
Signed: RHP Mike Jones, SS Ozzie Chavez
Released: SS Luis Ugueto
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Joselo Diaz
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Dave Williams, OF David Newhan
Granted free agency: LHP Dave Williams, OF David Newhan
Traded: OF Michael Bourn, 3B Mike Costanzo and RHP Geoff Geary to Astros for RHP Brad Lidge and SS Eric Bruntlett
The Phillies get Lidge for one season before he can become a free agent, but for that one year they’ll have a deeper pitching staff. Neither Bourn nor Costanzo figured to get much playing time for Philadelphia in 2008.
St. Louis Cardinals
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Dennis Dove
San Diego Padres
Released: LHP Matt Handley
Signed: RHP Yao-Wen Chang