Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8. The previous installment is available here.

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. Check out last week’s Prospects On The Move for a look at young players who have earned promotions or, in some cases, demotions.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Draft pick signed:
RHP Kevin Eichhorn (3)
Released: OF Ariel Urena
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jailen Peguero
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Leyson Septimo

Eichhorn, son of ex-big leaguer Mark Eichhorn, signed for $500,000.

Atlanta Braves
Draft pick signed:
RHP Jacob Thompson (5)
Released: OF Yohan Silva
Recalled: LHP Chuck James
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Vladimir Nunez, LHP Francisley Bueno
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Royce Ring, C Corky Miller
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Javier Guzman
Reinstated from DL: LHP Chad Rodgers, C Chris Anderson, C Ben Johnson, 3B Wes Timmons, OF Yohan Silva

Thompson started the year as a consensus first-round pick after going 21-4 his first two seasons at Virginia and posting a 1.50 ERA in 2007. He struggled with velocity and fastball command in 2008, however, going 6-4, 4.30 for the Cavaliers with a .274 average against. He signed for $190,000.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
LHP Brian Burres
Draft pick signed: RHP Bobby Bundy (8)
Released: OF Bobby Andrews
Recalled: RHP Rocky Cherry
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Chris Waters, OF Luis Montanez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Brian Burres, SS Brandon Fahey
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP J.P. Martinez, OF Lance West
Reinstated from DL: OF Bobby Andrews

Montanez, the third overall pick by the Cubs in 2000, destroyed the Double-A Eastern League before his callup. Not only did the 26-year-old outfielder lead the league in all three triple-crown categories (.335, 26, 97), but he also left the EL as the leader with 151 hits, a .601 slugging percentage, 63 extra-base hits and 90 runs scored. After spending parts of 2006 and 2007 in Triple-A, Montanez re-signed with Baltimore even though it meant an assignment to Double-A Bowie, the only affiliate where he would be guaranteed an everyday job. His dream season continued when he went 5-for-his-first-10 with the Orioles, with a home run and two RBIs.

Bundy’s $600,000 bonus established a new high for an eighth-round pick.

Boston Red Sox
Acquired:
SS Josh Wilson from Pirates for player to be named
Recalled: RHP Chris Smith
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Smith
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Dave Gassner, 2B Tony Granadillo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Lee, C Juan Apodaca, SS Ryan Khoury

Chicago Cubs
Traded:
LHP Scott Eyre to Phillies for RHP Brian Schlitter
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Bristow, LHP Rich Hill

Chicago White Sox
Recalled:
RHP Adam Russell
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Clayton Richard
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Nick Mahin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nathan Jones

Richard, 24, showed the same fine command in the big leagues (11 strikeouts, four walks in 13 innings) that he did in the minors, but the results did not follow. He went 0-2, 10.38 in three starts for the White Sox, perhaps because he was around the strike zone too much, as evidenced by 25 hits allowed and three home runs. Chicago’s eighth-round pick out of Michigan in 2005, Richard is a strike-thrower and a fast worker to the extreme, so he’ll be afforded other opportunities. He returns to Triple-A Charlotte, where he went 6-0, 2.45 with 33-4 K-BB in 44 innings before his callup. Had he not been called up in the first place, Richard would be in Beijing right now preparing to start for Team USA in the Olympics.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Justin Lehr (Doosan (Korea)), RHP Joe Valentine
Traded: 3B Aaron Herr to Phillies for future considerations
Acquired: 3B Aaron Herr from Phillies for future considerations
Place on suspended list: RHP Henry Arias, RHP Jeff Jeffords, RHP Luis Montano, LHP Jeremy Horst, C Devin Mesoraco, SS Kevyn Feiner, OF Denis Phipps, OF Justin Reed
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Todd Coffey, RHP Kyle Lotzkar, RHP Derrik Lutz, RHP Jordan Smith, LHP Tyler Pelland, LHP Lee Tabor, 3B Aaron Herr
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Maloney
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP James Avery
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Henry Arias, RHP Jeff Jeffords, RHP Marcus McBeth, RHP Luis Montano, LHP Jeremy Horst, SS Kevyn Feiner, OF Denis Phipps

The son of long-time Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr, Aaron Herr has struggled to find consistency, on both offense and defense, since being selected 40th overall as a shortstop by the Braves in the 2000 draft. Now 27 and primarily a third baseman, Herr has taken a long and winding road to Triple-A Louisville, passing through the Mariners, Cardinals, Reds and Indians organizations before coming back to the Reds in a June trade. Herr briefly spent time with the Phillies last week, though he never suited up for one of their affiliates, before being traded back to the Reds a day later. Upon his return, Herr was placed on the disabled list. Most of his career has been spent at the Double-A level (290 games), and he’s hit just .255/.309/.434 in 877 at-bats since becoming a Triple-A regular at the end of 2006.

Lotzkar, the Reds’ supplemental first-round pick in 2007, went on the DL with a hairline fracture in his right elbow. The suspensions listed above stem from Dayton’s July 24 brawl with Peoria. For their actions, Dragons Arias, Jeffords, Montano, Horst, Mesoraco, Feiner, Phipps and Reed all received three-game suspensions.

Cleveland Indians
Draft pick signed:
OF Tim Fedroff (7)
Acquired: SS Andy Cannizaro from Rays for future considerations
Voluntarily retired: RHP Johnny Williams
Recalled: RHP Anthony Reyes
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brendan Donnelly
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tom Mastny
Placed on 7-day DL: C Armando Camacaro, OF Todd Martin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Harris, RHP Johnny Williams, 3B Dustin Realini
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Jordan Brown

North Carolina’s Fedroff eclipsed the bonus record for a seventh-round pick when he received $725,000 from Cleveland.

Colorado Rockies
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Steven Register
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steven Register
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Valerio de los Santos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ching Lo, RHP Rod Scurry, C Brian Aguailar
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shane Lindsay, RHP Cory Riordan, LHP Drew Coffey, 2B Jonathan Herrera
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Esmil Rogers, LHP Keith Weiser

Detroit Tigers
Reinstated from DL:
RHP Jordan Tata, 2B Maxwell Leon, SS Cale Iorg

Florida Marlins
Signed:
RHP Nick McCurdy (York (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Kenny Baugh
Placed on military list: LHP Drew Clothier
Optioned to Triple-A: C Paul Hoover
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jay Buente, RHP Brett Sinkbeil, RHP Stu Alexander
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blake Jones, LHP Carlos Alvarez, C David Hatcher, SS Osvaldo Martinez, OF Tom Hickman
Option transferred: RHP Carlos Martinez (Double-A Carolina to Triple-A Albuquerque)

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Jack Tilghman (Texarkana (Continental))
Draft pick signed: RHP Chris Hicks (14)
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Chad Paronto
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan McKeller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Paul Estrada, OF Chris Turner
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Ross Seaton
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Brad Dydalewicz
Option transferred: RHP Paul Estrada (Triple-A Round Rock to Double-A Corpus Christi)

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Jaeson Hudnall (NDFA—Urbana (Ohio))
Released: RHP Julio de la Cruz, LHP Burke Baldwin
Place on suspended list: RHP Matt Peterson, RHP Jarod Plummer, OF Brian McFall
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jason Smith
Designated for assignment: RHP Yasuhiko Yabuta
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Yasuhiko Yabuta
Placed on 7-day DL: C Todd Balduf
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Peterson, LHP Anthony Bradley, C Jeff Howell, C Kiel Thibault

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Yosandy Ibanez (Florence (Frontier))
Released: OF Aaron Peel
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Shane Loux
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Darren O’Day, C Ryan Budde
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlo Alvarado
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yeison Almeida, RHP Carlo Alvarado, C Chris Rosenbaum, C Bobby Wilson, OF Brad Coon, OF Aaron Peel

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
LHP Juan Cedeno, LHP Eric Dubose (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesus Castillo, LHP Victor Garate, C Fumimasa Ishibashi, 2B Preston Mattingly
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brandon Tuten, 3B Brian Mathews, OF Yosanddy Garcia
Option transferred: RHP James McDonald (Double-A Jacksonville to Triple-A Las Vegas)

McDonald, 23, earned his promotion to Triple-A by going 5-3, 3.19 with 113 strikeouts, 46 walks and 12 home runs allowed in 119 innings for Double-A Jacksonville.

Milwaukee Brewers
Draft pick signed:
C Brett Lawrie (1)
Released: RHP Jorge Crespo, SS Jimmy Mojica
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Pena, OF Stephen Chapman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Donovan Hand, RHP Cody Scarpetta, LHP Zach Braddock, LHP Derek Miller, C Angel Salome, 2B Callix Crabbe, OF Michael Brantley
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Wes Etheridge

The 16th overall pick from Brookswood Secondary School in Langley, B.C., Lawrie came to terms for $1.7 million just days before he left to take part in the Olympics for Team Canada. He was MVP of the World Junior Championships tournament in Edmonton the week prior to that. Lawrie’s flight itinerary while he negotiated his first pro contract: Western Canada (Edmonton) to the Southeastern U.S. (Durham, N.C., to take part in exhibitions against Team USA) to the Far East (Beijing). Lawrie’s sister Danielle also will take part in the Beijing Games, as she’s an all-Pacific-10 Conference pitcher at Washington and a star for the Canadian softball team.

Minnesota Twins
Recalled:
LHP Francisco Liriano
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Randy Ruiz
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Erik Lis
Reinstated from DL: SS Paul Kelly
Option transferred: LHP Jose Mijares (high Class A Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain)

Liriano promptly won his first two starts back with the Twins after dominating the International League for 19 starts. The 24-year-old Liriano went 10-2, 3.28 for Rochester, with 113 strikeouts and 31 walks in 118 innings. He gave up just five runs and five walks in 34 July innings.

New York Mets
Released:
RHP Arthur Santos
Recalled: RHP Ruddy Lugo
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Eddie Kunz, 3B Daniel Murphy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Lynn, RHP Claudio Vargas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brad Burns, RHP Michael Olmsted, RHP Arthur Santos, LHP James Fuller, C Patrick Maat, OF Richard Pena
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Emary Frederick

Murphy, a lefthanded batter, was the most advanced hitter of Double-A Binghamton’s big four, which consisted of Nick Evans, Fernando Martinez and Mike Carp, and he’s struggled very little in adjusting to big league pitching. He’s batting .478/.571/.783 with two doubles, a triple and a homer through 23 at-bats. A 13th-round pick out of Jacksonville in 2006, the 23-year-old Murphy batted .308/.374/.496 in 357 at-bats for Binghamton. The common line for Eastern League manager on Murphy was "he’s a grinder who can hit."

New York Yankees
Signed:
C Chad Moeller
Draft pick signed: RHP Brett Marshall (6)
Released: C J.D. Closser, OF Greg Porter
Recalled: RHP Chris Britton, RHP Ian Kennedy
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Britton (twice)
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Chad Moeller
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alan Horne, C Eladio Rodriguez, 2B Matt Cusick
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Josue Calzado
Reinstated from DL: RHP Christian Garcia, RHP Josue Selenes, C Francisco Cervelli, C P.J. Pilittere, 1B Shelley Duncan, SS Kelvin Castro, OF Wady Rufino
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Walter Ibarra
Option transferred: RHP Phil Hughes (low Class A Charleston to Triple-A Scranton), C Francisco Cervelli (high Class A Tampa to Double-A Trenton)

Marshall landed an $850,000 deal from the Yankees.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
LHP Chris Michalak
Released: RHP Jose Quinonez, RHP Juan Villegas, OF Herbert Hudson, OF Angel Sierra
Recalled: LHP Dan Meyer, SS Gregorio Petit
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Gio Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dana Eveland, 2B Brooks Conrad, SS Gregorio Petit
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Alex Valdez

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
LHP Jason Mackintosh, 3B Tony Mansolino (St. Paul (American Association))
Draft picks signed: RHP Shaun Ellis (32)
Released: RHP John Ennis
Traded: RHP Brian Schlitter to Cubs for LHP Scott Eyre
Acquired: 3B Aaron Herr from Reds for future considerations
Traded: 3B Aaron Herr to Reds for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Les Walrond
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP J.A. Happ
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alexander Concepcion, 2B Clay Harris
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joe Rocchio, 3B Herman Demmink
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Julian Sampson
Option transferred: RHP Adam Eaton (low Class A Lakewood to Double-A Reading)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
OF Mike Goetz (Traverse City (Frontier))
Draft pick signed: OF Wes Freeman (16)
Traded: SS Josh Wilson to Red Sox for player to be named
Place on suspended list: RHP William Kelly
Recalled: RHP Romulo Sanchez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Yoslan Herrera
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Franquelis Osoria, OF Chris Duffy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Josh Hill, C Miguel Perez, 2B Ray Chang, OF Alex Presley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, OF Jonel Pacheco, OF Jose Tabata
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Derek Hankins
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Derek Hankins

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Matt Clement, RHP Scott Vander Weg, LHP Adam Daniels
Recalled: RHP Chris Perez, LHP Jaime Garcia
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kelvin Jimenez, SS Brendan Ryan, OF Nick Stavinoha
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Elvis Hernandez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Zach Zuercher

San Diego Padres
Draft pick signed:
LHP Zach Herr (38)
Released: C David Parrish
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Chip Ambres
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Craig Stansberry
Reinstated from DL: OF Danny Payne

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
C Jesse Shriner (NDFA—Utah)
Draft pick signed: 3B Conor Gillaspie (1s)
Released: RHP Morgan Brinson
Recalled: RHP Billy Sadler
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Osiris Matos, RHP Sergio Romo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Griffin, RHP Nick Pereira, LHP Andy de la Garza, C Aaron Lowenstein, SS Charlie Culberson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Julio Mateo

Only one supplemental first-rounder (Jeremy Bleich, Yankees, 44th overall) remains unsigned after Gillaspie agreed to terms with the Giants for $970,000. San Francisco has yet to sign its first-, third- or fourth-round picks.

Seattle Mariners
Released:
3B Mike Kinkade
Place on restricted list: C Josh Rodriguez
Recalled: RHP Jared Wells, OF Wladimir Balentien
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jake Woods
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Morrow
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Parker, RHP Sean White, OF Dennis Raben, OF Kalian Sams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brandon McKerney, RHP Ricky Orta, RHP Kyle Parker, RHP Alfredo Venegas, 3B Mike Kinkade
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Brodie Downs

The Mariners decided to begin Morrow’s conversion from reliever to starter this season by sending him to Triple-A Tacoma. The fifth overall pick in 2006, he’ll be on a strict pitch count that will begin at 35 and increase with every start. The 24-year-old Morrow, whose fastball sits at 95-96 mph when he comes out of the bullpen, went 1-2, 1.47 with 10 saves for Seattle, while striking out 47, walking 15 and giving up five home runs in 37 innings.

Kinkade, 35, had hoped to be named for a second tour of duty on the U.S. Olympic team after helping Team USA win gold as a member of the 2000 team. He hit just .214 and was injured much of this season and was released after not making the Olympic team.

Tampa Bay Rays
Draft pick signed:
OF Ty Morrison (4)
Traded: SS Andy Cannizaro to Indians for future considerations
Recalled: SS Ben Zobrist
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jonny Gomes
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Reid Brignac, OF Sergio Pedroza
Reinstated from DL: SS Patrick Cottrell

Brignac, 22, was placed on the DL after being hit in the left wrist with a pitch by Richmond lefty Jo-Jo Reyes. The Triple-A Durham shortstop could miss the rest of the season if surgery is required. He’s batting .250/.299/.412 with nine home runs and 26 doubles through 352 at-bats for the Bulls—though if he has surgery he won’t get a chance this September to improve upon his 0-for-10 showing in the big leagues.

Morrison signed for $500,000, spurning Oregon.

Texas Rangers
Recalled:
2B Ryan Roberts, 3B Travis Metcalf
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tommy Hunter, OF Jason Ellison
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon McCarthy, 2B Ryan Roberts
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 2B Ryan Roberts
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Nelson Cruz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Neil Ramirez, OF Craig Gentry, OF Tim Rodriguez

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Jason Burch
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Ginley, OF Matt Watson
Transferred to 60-day DL: OF Eric Thames
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Pettway

Washington Nationals
Signed:
2B Victor Cegles (NDFA—Rutgers)
Recalled: RHP Garrett Mock, 2B Emilio Bonifacio
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Ryan Wagner
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Jesus Valdez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Cory VanAllen, SS Ray Olmedo
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Zach Segovia
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Zach Segovia

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