This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.
Last week’s transactions available here.
Released: C Roberto Cruz
Reinstated from inactive list: C Roberto Cruz
Signed: RHP Esteban Yan, LHP Alberto Castillo-Betancourt, C Chris Heintz
Boston Red Sox
Traded: RHP Willy Mota and RHP Miguel Socolovich to White Sox for RHP David Aardsma
For all his promise, Aardsma, the Giants’ first-round pick from Rice in 2003, never has put it all together in the big leagues. He joins his fourth organization after being designated for assignment by the White Sox a week prior to this trade. Walks (5.1 per nine) and home runs (1.3 per nine) have been Aardsma’s undoing, but he’s a legitimate three-pitch reliever who can reach the mid-90s with his heater. His minor league numbers, particularly a 235-108 K-BB mark in 241 innings, suggest he’s capable of more, but even there his walks are on the high side for a pitcher with is pedigree.
Chicago White Sox
Traded: RHP David Aardsma to Red Sox for RHP Willy Mota and RHP Miguel Socolovich
Signed: RHP Jorge Julio
Released: OF Stephen Douglas
Julio played a key part in the Rockies’ phenomenal finish last season, posting a 3.93 ERA to go with 50-20 K-BB in 53 innings, but teams remain mindful of his recent body of work—which includes inflated ERAs of 5.90 (’05 Orioles), 5.06 (’06 Mets) and 12.54 (’07 Marlins). The last two figures covered a small number of innings, but they do suggest his flammable nature.
Signed: RHP Sandy Nin
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Jose Munoz
Signed: RHP Erick Abreu, RHP Brian Moehler, C Josh Johnson
Kansas City Royals
Signed: OF Brian Buchanan
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: LHP Mike Myers, 2B Ramon Martinez
Signed: 3B Abraham Nunez
With Pedro Feliz in Philadelphia for the next two years, Nunez’ hot-corner defense became redundant. Nunez, 32 next year, can switch-hit, but he’s a career .242/.313/.314 batter, so the emphasis falls on the "switch." How much better is Feliz at bat, though? Only incrementally so. Feliz, who is a year older and bats only righthanded, has a career line of .252/.288/.433.
Signed: LHP Ben Julianel
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Nelson Figueroa
New York Yankees
Released: RHP Fred Jones
Signed: C Casey Myers
Signed: IF Jakub Sladek
Signed: RHP Emilis Guerrero
San Diego Padres
Signed: OF Jody Gerut
Absent from the major league landscape since 2005 because of a knee injury, Gerut gets a shot to win a job in the wide-open Padres’ outfield. A rookie sensation when he batted .279/.336/.494 with 22 homers for the ’03 Indians, Gerut was limited to just 193 games in the two following seasons, which he spent with the Indians, Cubs and Pirates. Now 30, he’ll contend with other non-roster invitees Chip Ambres and Jeff DaVanon to be added to the 40-man roster, where playing time could be had backing up or platooning with Scott Hairston in left field. Brian Giles and Jim Edmonds appear to be locks in right and center.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Signed: LHP Brian Anderson, C Josh Paul
Signed: RHP Trey Hodges
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: LHP Mike Gallo
Signed: OF Steve Doetsch