Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Aug. 9 and Aug. 18. The previous installment is available here.

Draft picks who signed at the deadline are included, 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.

Check out last week’s Prospect On The Move for a complementary look at young players who have earned promotions.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Traded:
RHP Dallas Buck and C Wilkin Castillo and a player to be named to Reds for OF Adam Dunn
Recalled: C Wilkin Castillo
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jeff Salazar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Billy Buckner, 3B Jamie D’Antona
Placed on 7-day DL: C Matt Morgan

Atlanta Braves
Draft pick signed:
RHP J.J. Hoover (10)
Released: RHP Ryan Basner, RHP Jose Santiago
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Matt DeSalvo
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Francisley Bueno, LHP Chuck James
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryne Reynoso, C Ray Serrano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Jose Santiago, RHP Ferdin Tejeda, LHP Jeff Ridgway, C Ben Johnson, SS Javier Guzman
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Casey Beck
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Casey Beck

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Scott Chiasson
Draft picks signed: RHP Zach Petersime (45), C Xavier Lopez (25)
Released: RHP Andrew Conklin
Recalled: RHP Rocky Cherry
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Mariotti, RHP Hayden Penn, LHP Randy KeislerOF Lee Ellis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cory Doyne
Option transferred: RHP Fredy Deza (high Class A Frederick to Triple-A Norfolk)

Fourth overall pick Brian Matusz, a lefty from San Diego, also signed at the deadline, but because he received a major league deal ($3.2 million bonus, $2.825 million contract through 2013), his signing is not included in minor league transactions.

Boston Red Sox
Draft picks signed:
RHP Kyle Stroup (50), RHP Tyler Wilson (13), SS Carson Blair (35), OF Hunter Cervenka (27), OF Pete Hissey (4), OF Ryan Westmoreland (5)
Released: RHP Kevin Guyette, RHP Kyle Jackson, RHP James Russ
Recalled: RHP David Pauley, 1B Jeff Bailey
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Charlie Zink
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Marcus McBeth, RHP David Pauley, RHP Charlie Zink
Designated for assignment: RHP Lincoln Holdzkom
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Michael Tejera, LHP Carlos Vasquez, C John Otness, OF Chris Carter, OF Daniel Nava
Reinstated from DL: RHP Caleb Clay, RHP Kevin Guyette, RHP Chad Rhoades, RHP James Russ, RHP Kyle Snyder, LHP Dave Gassner, C Sandy Madera, SS Tony Granadillo
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Marcus McBeth, C William Vazquez

With its flurry of deadline-day signings, Boston’s draft budget exceeded $10 million, almost $9 million of which was used to sign the organization’s first 12 picks. The Red Sox joined the Royals as (in all likelihood) the first two organizations to reach that deeply into their pockets to sign amateur talent from one draft. Stroup, the final pick in the 2008 draft at No. 1,504, was one of two 50th-round picks to sign near the deadline. The other, of course, was the Royals’ Travis Jones.

The Red Sox claimed McBeth on waivers after the Reds designated him for assignment.

Chicago Cubs
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Adam Harben, RHP Leonel Perez, OF Cliff Andersen
Reinstated from DL: C Mark Reed
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Billy Petrick

Chicago White Sox
Draft picks signed:
LHP Charlie Leesman (11), SS Gordon Beckham (1), OF Jordan Danks (7)
Traded: OF Paulo Orlando to Royals for LHP Horacio Ramirez
Acquired: RHP Franklyn German from Pirates for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Lance Broadway, LHP Clayton Richard
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Chris Getz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Lance Broadway, 3B Josh Fields, RHP Ehren Wassermann, LHP Boone Logan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Ryan O’Malley, C Billy Killian
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brian Omogrosso

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Greg Dombrowski (NDFA—Kentucky)
Draft picks signed: RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran (30), LHP Matt Fairel (35)
Traded: OF Adam Dunn to Diamondbacks for RHP Dallas Buck and C Wilkin Castillo and a player to be named
Recalled: C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Dickerson
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Adam Rosales
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Homer Bailey, C Wilkin Castillo, 3B Adam Rosales
Optioned to Rookie-level GCL: 1B Yonder Alonso
Designated for assignment: RHP Marcus McBeth
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Scott Carroll, RHP Luis Montano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Derrik Lutz, RHP Daryl Thompson, LHP Matt Maloney, LHP Lee Tabor
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Henry Arias, RHP Luis Montano, C Devin Mesoraco, SS Kevyn Feiner, OF Justin Reed
Option transferred: RHP Daryl Thompson (Triple-A Louisville to high Class A Sarasota); C Craig Tatum (Double-A Chattanooga to Louisville)

The Reds also signed their first-round pick, first baseman Yonder Alonso, to a big league deal at a guaranteed $4.55 million, plus a $2 million bonus. Curacao-born Sulbaran, a righthander from American Heritage High in Florida, participated in the Olympics with the Dutch national team.

Cleveland Indians
Draft picks signed:
RHP Eddie Burns (39), RHP Trey Haley (2), RHP Zach Putnam (5), RHP Bryce Stowell (22), LHP T.J. House (16), C Roberto Perez (33), OF Tim Palincsar (40)
Recalled: RHP Anthony Reyes, LHP Zach Jackson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brendan Donnelly
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeff Harris, C Wyatt Toregas, SS Jansy Infante, OF Delvi Cid
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Harris, RHP Brian Slocum, C Armando Camacaro, C Silvio Castillo
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 3B Morgan Ensberg
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Morgan Ensberg
Option transferred: LHP Scott Lewis (Double-A Akron to Triple-A Buffalo)

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Oscar Villarreal, 2B Gary Cates, SS Angel Cabrera, OF Lino Garcia (Chico (Golden))
Draft pick signed: RHP Nick Schnaitmann (22)
Released: RHP Josh Towers, LHP Bobby Paschal
Added to 40-man roster: C Adam Melhuse
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Cory Sullivan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Darren Clarke, 2B Jonathan Herrera, SS Radames Nazario, OF Travis Becktel, OF Anthony Jackson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Greg Reynolds, 1B Jeff Cunningham, 2B James Guerrero, 2B Jonathan Herrera
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Robinson Fabian, RHP Shane Lindsay,RHP Cory Riordan
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Robinson Fabian, RHP Shane Lindsay

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Freddy Garcia, RHP Gary Glover
Released: RHP Brian Rogers
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Francis Beltran, RHP Gary Glover
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Freddy Dolsi
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eddie Bonine, RHP Jordan Tata, 1B Ryan Strieby
Reinstated from DL: LHP Casey Crosby
Option transferred: LHP Dontrelle Willis (high Class A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo)

Garcia limped to a 1-5, 5.90 record through 11 starts for the Phillies last season but missed more than half the year—and most of this year—after having shoulder surgery. The 33-year-old righthander had yet to appear in a game for a Tigers affiliate.

Florida Marlins
Signed:
C Paul Lo Duca
Draft picks signed: RHP Graham Johnson (6), LHP Casey Fry (46)
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jeremiah Haar
Recalled: RHP Logan Kensing
Added to 40-man roster: C Paul Lo Duca
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Barone, RHP Eric Basurto, RHP Kyle Kaminska, RHP Matt Mallory, RHP Kyle Winters, 3B Jacob Blackwood, 3B Grant Psomas
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Rodolfo Encarnacion, RHP Garrett Parcell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Kaminska, RHP Brett Sinkbeil, LHP Matt Vieira, 3B Grant Psomas
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeremiah Haar

Houston Astros
Released:
LHP Josh Appell, LHP Micah Bowie
Added to 40-man roster: C J.R. House, OF Reggie Abercrombie
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Luis Cruz, SS Tomas Perez, OF T.J. Steele
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan McKeller
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Jeremy Hall, OF Devon Torrence
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Ross Seaton, LHP Carlos Lazu, SS Danny Klassen, OF Devon Torrence

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
3B Chad Spann
Draft picks signed: RHP Tim Melville (4), C Travis Jones (50), 1B Eric Hosmer (1)
Traded: LHP Horacio Ramirez to White Sox for OF Paulo Orlando
Placed on restricted list: RHP Victor Jorge
Placed on suspended list: RHP Matt Peterson
Recalled: RHP Jeff Fulchino, LHP Josh Newman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kyle Davies
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP Joe Augustine, RHP Carlos Rosa, 1B Mike Stodolka, SS Angel Sanchez
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brent Fisher, LHP Neal Musser
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Matt Peterson, OF Robert McFall

Headlined by Hosmer’s $6 million bonus, the Royals also invested more than $10 million in the 2008 draft.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Matt Shoemaker (NDFA—Eastern Michigan)
Recalled: 1B Kendry Morales, 2B Sean Rodriguez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richard Aldridge, RHP Jeremy Haynes
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Ryan Chaffee
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yeison Almeida, RHP Carlo Alvarado, C Chris Rosenbaum, C Bobby Wilson, 1B Gordon Gronkowski, OF Terry Evans

Shoemaker ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Great Lakes League Top 10 Prospects list last summer.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
2B Kevin Howard
Recalled: LHP Eric Stults
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tanyon Sturtze
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Thomas Melgarejo, C Fumimasa Ishibashi, 3B Austin Gallagher, SS Justin Fuller
Reinstated from DL: LHP Victor Garate, C Fumimasa Ishibashi, SS Rex Rundgren

Milwaukee Brewers
Draft pick signed:
3B Wayne Dedrick (30)
Released: RHP Ben Howard, RHP Jason Shiell
Added to 40-man roster: OF Laynce Nix
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark DiFelice, 3B Taylor Green
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Pena, RHP Travis Wendte, C Carlos Corporan, C Lou Palmisano, SS Michael Garciaparra, OF Brendan Katin
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Steve Bray, SS Ozzie Chavez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Steve Bray, SS Ozzie Chavez
Option transferred: C Lou Palmisano (Triple-A Nashville to high Class A Brevard County)

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
OF Bobby Kielty
Draft picks signed: RHP B.J. Hermsen (6), RHP Blayne Weller (14)
Acquired: OF Joe Gaetti from Athletics for future considerations
Placed on suspended list: 1B Henry Sanchez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cole DeVries, RHP David Shinskie, SS Paul Kelly, OF Joe Gaetti
Reinstated from DL: RHP David Shinskie, 1B Henry Sanchez, OF Joe Gaetti, OF Wang-Wei Lin
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Andrey Lobanov, LHP Nikolay Lobanov

New York Mets
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Brian Stokes
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eddie Kunz, RHP Ruddy Lugo, RHP Carlos Muniz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Claudio Vargas, C Raul Casanova, OF John Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brad Burns, OF Richard Pena

New York Yankees
Draft picks signed:
RHP D.J. Mitchell (10), LHP Jeremy Bleich (1s), SS Garrison Lassiter (27)
Released: RHP Steven White, C Eladio Rodriguez, SS Jared Koutnik
Recalled: RHP Chris Britton, RHP Ian Kennedy, LHP Billy Traber, OF Brett Gardner
Added to 40-man roster: SS Cody Ransom
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Britton, RHP Ian Kennedy, OF Melky Cabrera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP J.B. Cox, RHP Ivan Nova, 3B Brian Chavez, SS Ramiro Pena, OF Andres Perez, OF Wady Rufino
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cory Arbiso, RHP Alan Horne, RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Eric Wordekemper, RHP Victor Zambrano, C Jason Brown, C Eladio Rodriguez, 2B Bernie Castro, OF Taylor Holiday, OF Jason Lane
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Angel Reyes, SS Walter Ibarra, SS Jared Koutnik
Option transferred: RHP Jeff Marquez (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Double-A Trenton)

Though they failed to sign either Gerrit Cole or Scott Bittle, their first- and second-round picks, the Yankees shelled out $1.775 million to sign Bleich, Mitchell and Lassiter (buying him out of a North Carolina commitment). Their largest signing bonus went to sixth-rounder Brett Marshall, a Texas prep righthander who signed for $850,000.

Oakland Athletics
Draft pick signed:
RHP Brett Hunter (7)
Traded: OF Joe Gaetti to Twins for future considerations
Placed on suspended list: RHP Hector Garcia
Recalled: 2B Eric Patterson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kirk Saarloos, SS Cliff Pennington
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Lenny DiNardo, LHP Dan Meyer
Designated for assignment: 1B Wes Bankston, 2B Brooks Conrad
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 2B Brooks Conrad
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Ryan Wing, C Landon Powell, 2B Jemile Weeks
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Fragoso, RHP Scott Mitchinson, RHP Tyson Ross, LHP Ryan Wing, C Juan Nunez, C Gustavo Rosendo, 3B Jeff Baisley
Option transferred: OF Richie Robnett (Triple-A Sacramento to Double-A Midland)

A hip flexor injury ended Weeks’ debut season after just 19 games. The A’s used the 12th overall pick to take the second baseman out of Miami in June.

While he’s on his third organization this season (Rockies, A’s and now Twins), Gaetti (son of Gary) has hit a combined .284/.360/.543 with 18 homers this season between Double-A and Triple-A.

Philadelphia Phillies
Draft picks signed:
RHP Jarred Cosart (38), RHP Jon Pettibone (3s)
Released: 2B Gary Cates
Acquired: SS Brian Finegan from Nationals for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP J.A. Happ, 3B Mike Cervenak
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Harker, LHP Matt Smith, C Joel Naughton
Reinstated from DL: LHP Antonio Bastardo, 2B Clay Harris, 3B Brennan King
Option transferred: LHP Fabio Castro (Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft picks signed:
RHP Quinton Miller (20), LHP Justin Wilson (5), 3B Pedro Alvarez (1), OF Robbie Grossman (6)
Traded: RHP Franklyn German to White Sox for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Jose Bautista
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yoslan Herrera, RHP Jeff Sues, 3B Luis Ordaz, SS Victor Alvarez, OF Anthony Webster
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yoslan Herrera, C Ronny Paulino, OF Jose Tabata
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP William Kelly

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Mike Parisi, OF Jon Jay
Reinstated from DL: 1B Steve Hill, OF Shane Robinson
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 3B Rico Washington
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Rico Washington

San Diego Padres
Signed:
C J.D. Closser, 3B Brian Snyder
Draft picks signed: C Adam Zornes (7), 1B Allan Dykstra (1), 3B James Darnell (2)
Recalled: RHP Chad Reineke, C Luke Carlin
Added to 40-man roster: SS Sean Kazmar
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cla Meredith
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Cameron, RHP Jose Guevara, SS Jon Schemmel, OF Kellen Kulbacki
Reinstated from DL: SS Jon Schemmel

San Francisco Giants
Draft picks signed:
C Buster Posey (1), 2B Leo Ochoa (48), SS Brandon Crawford (4), OF Roger Kieschnick (3), OF Juan Carlos Perez (13)
Recalled: RHP Sergio Romo, 1B Travis Ishikawa
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Matt Palmer, C Pablo Sandoval, 3B Ryan Rohlinger
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Geno Espineli, C Steve Holm, 1B John Bowker
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daniel Griffin, RHP Henry Sosa, 1B Dan Ortmeier
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nate Bump, RHP Daniel Griffin, RHP Steve Palazzolo, RHP Henry Sosa, LHP Andrew de la Garza
Option transferred: C Eliezer Alfonzo (Triple-A Fresno to Double-A Connecticut)

Palmer’s big league debut made him the 15th rookie to play for the Giants this year, a franchise record. The former Southwest Missouri State righthander, a Bears teammate of A’s sensation Brad Ziegler, has a 29-27, 3.44 career mark in the minors over 202 career appearances since 2002.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
2B Kevin Howard
Draft pick signed: RHP Luke Burnett (14)
Released: RHP Oscar Villarreal
Placed on suspended list: LHP Fabian Williamson
Voluntarily retired: RHP Brandon McKerney
Recalled: LHP Ryan Feierabend, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2B Tug Hulett
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jared Wells
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Ronald Garth
Reinstated from DL: RHP Phillippe Aumont, RHP Rich Dorman, LHP Ryan Ketchner, OF Dennis Raben
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Randy Messenger

Tampa Bay Rays
Draft pick signed:
LHP Kyle Lobstein (2)
Recalled: RHP Juan Salas, OF Justin Ruggiano
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Brian Henderson, 3B Joel Guzman
Reinstated from DL: LHP James Houser, OF Sergio Pedroza
Option transferred: LHP David Price (Double-A Montgomery to Triple-A Durham)

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Tae Kyung Ann
Draft picks signed: LHP Robbie Ross (2), C Ben Petralli (33), 1B Justin Smoak (1)
Recalled: RHP Kameron Loe, SS Joaquin Arias
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Luis Mendoza
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Thomas Diamond, RHP Kazuo Fukumori, RHP Brennan Garr
Reinstated from DL: RHP Steven Rowe, RHP Michael Schlact, SS Michael Hollander, OF Tim Rodriguez

Lost in the Rangers’ last-minute signings of Smoak and Ross, Texas also came to terms with catcher Ben Petralli, son of 12-year big league backstop Geno, who batted .267/.344/.360 in a career spent mostly with the Rangers. What makes 22-year-old Ben’s story so fascinating, though, is that he was drafted five times, beginning in 2004 when the Dodgers took him out of Weatherford (Texas) High in the 26th round. Petralli was then drafted in three successive years, from 2005 to 2007, out of Sacramento City College (where he redshirted once) before transferring to Oral Roberts for the 2008 season.

Toronto Blue Jays
Recalled:
RHP Jesse Litsch, OF Kevin Mench
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Scott Richmond, LHP John Parrish, OF Kevin Mench
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Sean Shoffit, SS Ryan Klosterman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chase Lirette, 2B Scott Campbell

Richmond, a Canadian, was called up just in time to keep him from playing for Canada in the Olympics, then was sent down after three outings. (John Manuel)

Washington Nationals
Signed:
OF Greg Porter
Draft picks signed: LHP Graham Hicks (4), C Adrian Nieto (5), SS Danny Espinosa (3), OF Marcus Jones (11), OF J.P. Ramirez (15)
Traded: SS Brian Finegan to Phillies for future considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Atilano, RHP Mason Smith, RHP Dennis Tankersley, LHP Mike O’Connor, 2B Pokey Reese
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Mason Smith
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dennis Tankersley, SS Jake Smolinski, SS Steve Souza, OF Frank Diaz, OF Jesus Valdez
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Alex Morales

While the Nationals didn’t sign first-round pick Aaron Crow, the ninth overall pick, they did come to terms with four other top talents in the week leading up to the Aug. 15 signing deadline. They handed out $2.376 million to sign their third-, fourth-, fifth- and 15th-round picks.

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