Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between July 12 and July 20 The previous installment is available here.

Draft pick signings are in full swing, and the numbers in parentheses below refer to draft rounds. Nondrafted free agents (with schools) also are included. Check out the 2008 Draft Database for draft picks in chronological order.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Draft pick signed:
LHP Daniel Schlereth (1)
Traded: RHP Evan Scribner to Padres for 1B Tony Clark
Recalled: RHP Billy Buckner
Optioned to Triple-A: C Robby Hammock
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sean Morgan, RHP Max Scherzer

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
C Matt Kramer (Harlingen (United))
Released: C Javier Dominguez
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jose Ortegano, LHP Chad Rodgers

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
RHP Esteban Yan
Traded: 2B Mike McCoy to Rockies for SS Juan Castro
Added to 40-man roster: SS Juan Castro
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Freddie Bynum
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Tamba, C Zach Dillon, 3B Scott Moore, OF Bobby Andrews
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Gustavo, C Justin Johnson, 1B Ryan Finan

Boston Red Sox
Draft picks signed:
SS Derrik Gibson (2), SS Casey Kelly (1)
Released: OF Bobby Kielty
Recalled: RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Justin Masterson, SS Jed Lowrie
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jordan Craft, RHP Chad Rhoades, C Ty Weeden
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Bowden, RHP Jorge Rodriguez, RHP Kyle Snyder, LHP Daniel Haigwood, LHP Dustin Richardson, OF Bryan Pritz
Option transferred: SS Argenis Diaz (high Class A Lancaster to Double-A Portland)

The Red Sox went over slot to sign two of their top three picks, Kelly (30th overall) and Gibson. As a two-sport athlete, Kelly’s $3 million bonus is spread over five years. Gibson, who went 77th overall, signed for $600,000.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
C Pat Mahoney (NDFA—Connecticut)
Draft pick signed: RHP Erik Hamren (37)
Released: RHP Jim Brower, LHP Michael Bunton, LHP Arik Hempy
Traded: SS Joe Simokaitis to Mariners for future considerations
Placed on suspended list: RHP Billy Petrick
Recalled: RHP Kevin Hart, 1B Micah Hoffpauir
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Min Sung
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dumas Garcia, RHP Kitt Kopach, LHP Rich Hill, C Tarlandas Mitchell, C Chris Robinson, OF Jeff Culpepper, OF Ryan Harvey
Option transferred: LHP Rich Hill (Triple-A Iowa to high Class A Daytona)

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Dan Remenowsky (NDFA—Otterbein (Ohio)), 1B Freddie Thon (Joliet (Northern))
Released: RHP Willy Mota, LHP Shaun Babula, 3B Micah Schnurstein
Recalled: RHP D.J. Carrasco
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP D.J. Carrasco
Reinstated from DL: RHP Willy Mota
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 2B Victor Mercedes

Cincinnati Reds
Placed on suspended list:
RHP Sam Lecure, C Craig Tatum, 2B Justin Turner
Recalled: RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Todd Coffey
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Bobby Livingston
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daryl Thompson, LHP Matt Maloney
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin James, RHP Josh Ravin, 3B Brandon Waring
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Justin Mallett, LHP Luca Panerati, 2B Justin Turner
Option transferred: LHP Bobby Livingston (Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Louisville)

Injuries have thinned the Reds’ Triple-A pitching depth, as Thompson (strained shoulder) and Maloney (strained right oblique) both hit the disabled list.

Cleveland Indians
Recalled:
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Matt Ginter
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Jorge Velandia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brian Slocum
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alex Morales, RHP Gregorio Rosario, RHP Jonathan Williams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brendan Donnelly, RHP Alex Morales, RHP Gregorio Rosario, RHP Jonathan Williams, C Matt McBride, OF Trevor Crowe
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeff Weaver
Option transferred: LHP Tony Sipp (high Class A Kinston to Double-A Akron)

Colorado Rockies
Released:
C Jhaysson Agustin, 1B Josh Banda
Traded: SS Juan Castro to Orioles for 2B Mike McCoy
Recalled: RHP Juan Morillo, RHP Ryan Speier, 3B Ian Stewart
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Cedrick Bowers
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Jeff Cunningham, 2B James Guerrero
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Ricardo Ferrer
Reinstated from DL: RHP James Burok, C Neil Wilson, SS Chris Nelson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Esmil Rogers, RHP Yull Silano, C Kiel Roling, 2B Maikol Gonzalez
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP John Koronka, C Kiel Roling

Detroit Tigers
Released:
LHP Nick Martin, C Nick Trzesniak
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Clete Thomas
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Dane Sardinha
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ben Fritz, 2B Maxwell Leon, SS Audy Ciriaco, SS Cale Iorg
Reinstated from DL: RHP Orlando Perdomo, LHP Dontrelle Willis, C Nick Trzesniak, SS Brent Wyatt

Iorg, who is batting .262/.337/.411 for high Class A Lakeland, was out with a right shoulder strain.

Florida Marlins
Recalled:
RHP Jesus Delgado
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Matt Vieira, LHP Randy Williams, C David Hatcher, OF Jai Miller
Reinstated from DL: LHP Aaron Thompson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Matt Mallory
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Daniel Barone, 3B Lee Mitchell, SS Agustin Septimo

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Jim Brower
Draft picks signed: RHP Danny Meszaros (48), C Jason Castro (1)
Released: RHP Jorge Sosa, OF Jackson Melian
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Thomas Vessella
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Agustin Pinales
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chad Wagler, SS Danny Klassen, OF Wilson Hart
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Andrea Lucati

Kansas City Royals
Released:
OF Astin Jacobo
Placed on restricted list: OF Matt Olson
Recalled: RHP Ryan Braun
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eduardo Paulino, RHP Zach Peterson, OF Joe Dickerson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Braun, RHP Luis Cota, RHP Matt Peterson
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jose Capellan

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
C Nolan Brannon (NDFA—Tampa), 3B Jon Townsend (NDFA—Florida), OF Tyson Auer (NDFA—Central Florida)
Recalled: RHP Dustin Moseley, 2B Sean Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dustin Moseley, 2B Sean Rodriguez
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Trevor Pippin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shane Loux, C Flint Wipke, 1B Kendry Morales, OF Jerome Moore
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Tim Duff, OF Terrell Alliman

Los Angeles Dodgers
Draft picks signed:
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11), RHP Matt Smith (22), LHP Cole St. Clair (7), 2B Tony Delmonico (6)
Released: LHP Wilfredo Diaz
Recalled: RHP Yhency Brazoban
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jason Johnson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brian Akin, C Charles Gulledge, 3B Brian Mathews, OF Yosanddy Garcia
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yhency Brazoban, RHP Kyle Smit, RHP Jerome Williams, C Kelly Gulledge, SS Chin-lung Hu

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Robert McEwen, LHP Randy Choate
Draft pick signed: RHP Blake Billings (19)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark DiFelice, RHP Maverick Lasker, LHP Zach Braddock
Reinstated from DL: RHP James Etheridge, SS Guilder Rodriguez

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
3B Rory Rhodes
Reinstated from DL: 1B Whit Robbins, 2B Ramoncito Santana

New York Mets
Released:
RHP Juan Padilla
Placed on suspended list: SS Ignacio Medrano
Recalled: C Robinson Cancel
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Chris Aguila
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Holmes, RHP Elvin Ramirez
Reinstated from DL: SS Anderson Machado

New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Eric Milton, 1B Josh Kreuzer
Released: LHP Heath Phillips
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Billy Traber
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Noel Castillo, LHP Eric Milton, 3B Carlos Mendoza, SS C.J. Henry, OF Erik Lovett
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jacinto Gonell, RHP Jason Kiley, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, RHP Kevin Whelan, C Kyle Anson, C Brian Baisley
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Mitchell Delaney

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Andy Shipman
Traded: RHP Joe Blanton to Phillies for LHP Josh Outman, 2B Adrian Cardenas and OF Matt Spencer
Recalled: 1B Wes Bankston
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Lenny DiNardo
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Wes Bankston, SS Gregorio Petit, OF Chris Denorfia
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Windsor, C Gustavo Rosendo, OF Grant Desme
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Windsor, 2B Darryl Lawhorn

Philadelphia Phillies
Draft pick signed:
RHP Colby Shreve (6)
Released: RHP Rick Austin, RHP Riquy Pena
Traded: LHP Josh Outman, 2B Adrian Cardenas and OF Matt Spencer to Athletics for RHP Joe Blanton
Voluntarily retired: OF Darin McDonald
Recalled: RHP Joe Bisenius
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Joe Bisenius, LHP R.J. Swindle
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Smith

Shreve had Tommy John surgery in mid-May and won’t pitch until the second half of 2009 at the earliest, but that didn’t stop the Phillies from giving him $400,000.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft pick signed:
RHP Brent Klinger (21)
Released: RHP Chris Hernandez
Recalled: RHP Yoslan Herrera, RHP Marino Salas
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Romulo Sanchez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Luis Munoz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Thomas Boleska, RHP Blair Johnson, 2B Shelby Ford
Reinstated from DL: RHP Serguey Linares, C Milver Reyes
Reinstated from inactive list: C Michael McCuistion

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
C Gabe Johnson
Recalled: RHP Kelvin Jimenez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Perez, OF Joe Mather
Placed on 7-day DL: OF James Rapoport
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eduardo Sanchez, LHP Jonathan Stambaugh, 1B Brandon Buckman, OF Colby Rasmus

San Diego Padres
Draft picks signed:
SS Beamer Weems (8), OF Blake Tekotte (3)
Released: LHP Chris Shaver, C Aeden Mcqueary, OF Shane Buschini
Traded: 1B Tony Clark to Diamondbacks for RHP Evan Scribner
Acquired: C Barry Gunther from Giants for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Clay Hensley

San Francisco Giants
Released:
RHP Chris Begg, RHP Gib Hobson, RHP Steve MacFarland
Traded: C Barry Gunther to Padres for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Geno Espineli, SS Ivan Ochoa
Placed on 7-day DL: C Michael Ambort, C Dayton Buller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Orlando Yntema, LHP Paul Oseguera, C Barry Gunther, C Matt Klimas
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Edwin Quirarte
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Danny Otero, RHP Edwin Quirarte
Option transferred: 2B Travis Denker (high Class A San Jose to Triple-A Fresno)

Espineli’s callup to San Francisco means he’ll have to forgo the Olympics. The 25-year-old lefty reliever, who has been highly effective against both lefties (.233/.273/.247) and righties (.236/.256/.325) this season, was named to Team USA a few days before receiving his first promotion to the big leagues. Espineli, the Giants’ 14th-round pick in 2004 out of Texas Christian, struck out 43 batters and walking just six in 52 Triple-A innings, and he struck out three of the four Triple-A all-star game batters he faced. His former teammate Begg will head to the Olympics as a member of Team Canada, a role he also played in 2004 in Athens.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
1B Geraldo Valentin
Acquired: SS Joe Simokaitis from Cubs for future considerations
Placed on restricted list: RHP Ramon Romeijn
Recalled: 1B Bryan LaHair
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jared Wells, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2B Tug Hulett
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mumba Rivera
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dennis Stark
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Robert Johnson, SS Mark Kiger
Reinstated from inactive list: C Robert Johnson

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
OF Pedro Powell
Released: RHP Scott Welch
Optioned to Triple-A:
SS Reid Brignac
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richard de los Santos, RHP Woods Fines, LHP James Houser, LHP Brandon Mann, SS John Labandeira
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Woods Fines, LHP Brandon Mann, OF Justin Ruggiano
Option transferred: C John Jaso (Double-A Montgomery to Triple-A Durham)

Brignac went 0-for-10 (with a walk) in his first taste of the big leagues, but as a plus defender at short, he’ll be back in St. Petersburg this September—if not sooner.

Texas Rangers
Signed:
C Nick Trzesniak
Released: RHP Levi Romero
Recalled: RHP Kameron Loe
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jose Diaz, C Taylor Teagarden
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wes Littleton, RHP Kameron Loe, 2B German Duran
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Scott Feldman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Neil Ramirez, LHP Kasey Kiker, SS Michael Hollander, OF Craig Gentry
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Laughter, LHP Miguel de los Santos, SS Michael Hollander

Kiker, the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2006, was placed on the DL with arm fatigue. Minor shoulder soreness had sidelined Ramirez, a 2007 supplemental first-rounder.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Rick Bauer
Draft pick signed: RHP Andrew Liebel (3)
Released: LHP Brandon Camardese
Placed on restricted list: OF Mike Crouse
Recalled: OF Kevin Mench
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Chris Gutierrez
Reinstated from DL: C Robinzon Diaz
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Kyle Ginley
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Kyle Ginley, LHP Brandon Camardese
Option transferred: C Robinzon Diaz (Triple-A Syracuse to high Class A Dunedin)

Washington Nationals
Released:
OF Alex Escobar
Added to 40-man roster: OF Ryan Langerhans
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Roger Bernadina
Reinstated from DL: LHP Ryan Buchter, SS Jemel Spearman
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Shairon Martis, LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa

Bernadina and Martis were both expected to play for the Netherlands in the Olympics next month.

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