Minor League Transactions: Aug. 10-16

A total of 145 draft picks signed minor league deals in this period, including 96 players at the Aug. 15 deadline and another 11 the day before. That tally does not include the draft picks who signed major league deals, including the Mariners' Danny Hultzen (No. 2 overall), the Orioles' Dylan Bundy (No. 4) and the Nationals' duo of Anthony Rendon (No. 6) and Matt Purke (third round). Diamondbacks No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer signed a big league deal in late July and already has reached Double-A.

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts after either being optioned or outrighted to the minors.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Draft picks signed:
RHP Archie Bradley (1), RHP Anthony Meo (2), RHP Kyle Winkler (10), LHP Andrew Chafin (1.5), LHP Will Locante (11), C Michael Perez (5), OF Joe Loftus (46)
Released: RHP Josh Ellis, OF Breland Brown
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Wade Miley
Designated for assignment: RHP Juan Jaime, RHP Kevin Mulvey
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Tommy Manzella
Option transferred: RHP Trevor Bauer (High-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Tony Abreu
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Urquidez

The D-backs claimed glove-first 28-year-old shortstop Tommy Manzella on waivers from the Astros. A college teammate of Arizona righthander Micah Owings at Tulane in ’05, Manzella has spent much of the past four seasons in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, batting .256/.319/.374 in 313 games for Round Rock, Oklahoma City and (after the claim) Reno. He has one option remaining for ’12.

Atlanta Braves
Draft picks signed:
1B Jackson Laumann (31), OF Cody Livesay (42)
Recalled: RHP Randall Delgado
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Arodys Vizcaino
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Varvaro, C J.C. Boscan
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Blaine Sims, SS Tyler Pastornicky
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kenshin Kawakami

Baltimore Orioles
Draft picks signed:
RHP Zach Davies (26), RHP Jason McCracken (42), 3B Nicky Delmonico (6), 3B Jason Esposito (2)
Recalled: LHP Brian Matusz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Willie Eyre
Designated for assignment: RHP Luis Lebron
Removed from 40-man: RHP Brandon Erbe (outrighted to short-season)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Tillman
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Sammie Starr, 3B Adam Gaylord, OF Ronnie Welty
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Diaz, RHP Ryan Palsha

Brian Matusz allowed four runs in his final three starts for Triple-A Norfolk, striking out 15, walking five and allowing 16 hits in 23 innings. In his first big league start after the callup, he allowed six runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to the Athletics on Aug. 16.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP T.J. Hose (Newark (Can-Am)), RHP Matt Rusch (Quebec (Can-Am))
Draft picks signed: RHP Matt Barnes (1), RHP Noe Ramirez (4), RHP Matt Spalding (29), LHP Cody Kukuk (7), LHP Henry Owens (1.5), C Blake Swihart (1), SS Mookie Betts (5), OF Jackie Bradley (1.5)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brandon Duckworth, RHP Matt Fox, RHP Michael Olmsted, LHP Cesar Cabral, LHP Mitch Herold, LHP Royce Ring, 2B Drew Dominguez, 2B Vladimir Frias, SS Brent Dlugach, OF Andrew Turocy
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Felix Doubront, C Adalberto Ibarra, 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez, 3B Travis Shaw, OF Wilfred Pichardo

Chicago Cubs
Draft picks signed:
RHP Ian Dickson (35), RHP Ethan Elias (22), RHP Dillon Maples (14), RHP Austin Urban (41), RHP Tony Zych (4), 1B Trevor Gretzky (7), 1B Rock Shoulders (25), 1B Dan Vogelbach (2), SS Javier Baez (1), SS Daniel Lockhart (10), OF John Andreoli (17), OF Shawon Dunston Jr. (11)
Released: RHP Dave Bush
Recalled: LHP Scott Maine
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ethan Elias, OF Manuel Barrios
Reinstated from DL: RHP Marcus Hatley, C Welington Castillo, 1B Ryan Cuneo

Chicago White Sox
Added to 40-man roster:
C Donny Lucy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Terry Doyle, RHP Miguel Socolovich, LHP Garrett Johnson, 3B Kyle Shelton, OF Brady Shoemaker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Buch, RHP Terry Doyle, RHP Nevin Griffith, C Jared Price, C Adam Ricks, OF Kenny Williams Jr.

Cincinnati Reds
Draft picks signed:
RHP Mike Dennhardt (32), RHP Sal Romano (23), RHP Robert Stephenson (1), LHP Amir Garrett (22), 2B Ty Washington (43), OF Yordanys Perez (28)
Released: LHP James Adkins
Placed on 7-day DL: C Mark Fleury, 2B Jake Kahaulelio, OF Jaren Matthews, OF Felix Perez, OF Drew Poulk, OF Dayne Read
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brandon Hynick, RHP Chad Reineke, C Yasmani Grandal, 1B Chris Richburg, SS Miguel Rojas

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Mitch Talbot*
Draft picks signed: RHP Shawn Armstrong (18), RHP Dillon Howard (2), LHP Shawn Morimando (19), C Eric Haase (7), 2B Zack MacPhee (13), SS Francisco Lindor (1)
Released: RHP Enrique Pacheco
Recalled: LHP David Huff
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Shelley Duncan
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Anthony Gallas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Blair, OF LeVon Washington

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
LHP J.C. Romero
Draft pick signed: LHP Tyler Anderson (1)
Released: RHP Ching-Lung Lo
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Edgar Gonzalez, LHP J.C. Romero
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Ian Stewart
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andy Graham, RHP Vianney Mayo, RHP Josh Sullivan, LHP Roberto Padilla, SS Radames Nazario, OF Matt McBride
Reinstated from DL: 1B Jordan Ribera, OF Cole Garner, OF Willy Taveras

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
LHP David Purcey*
Draft picks signed: 3B Brett Harrison (18), OF Tyler Gibson (15)
Traded: RHP Lester Oliveros and LHP Cole Nelson to Twins for OF Delmon Young
Recalled: RHP Ryan Perry, 2B Will Rhymes
Removed from 40-man: LHP David Purcey (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Will Rhymes
Option transferred: RHP Lester Oliveros (Triple-A to Double-A just prior to trade)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Clemente Mendoza, 3B Jason King, SS Gustavo Nunez, OF Brent Wyatt
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nate Newman, RHP Brayan Villarreal, C Omir Santos

Florida Marlins
Signed:
2B Ramon Vazquez
Draft picks signed: RHP Jose Fernandez (1), LHP Adam Conley (2)
Recalled: RHP Jose Ceda, RHP Chris Volstad, SS Ozzie Martinez
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Jose Lopez
Removed from 40-man: 2B Joe Thurston (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Logan Morrison
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Brad Hand
Option transferred: RHP Alex Sanabia (High-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Montgomery, RHP Walker Moore, LHP Sean West, 1B Jaime Ortiz, 3B Matt Dominguez
Placed on 60-day DL: C Jose Behar
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Bryan Berglund
Reinstated from DL: RHP Scott Rembisz, RHP Wilfredo Rojas, OF Brent Keys

Houston Astros
Draft picks signed:
RHP Jack Armstrong (3), OF George Springer (1)
Acquired: OF Domingo Santana from Phillies as player to be named in deal in which Astros traded OF Hunter Pence and cash to Phillies for RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid, 1B Jonathan Singleton and a player to be named
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Henry Sosa
Designated for assignment: SS Tommy Manzella
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Wesley Wright
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Robinson, C Chris Wallace, 2B John Hinson, 3B Jhonny Medrano, SS Wladimir Sutil, OF Bryce Lane
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Brandt Walker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Grimmett, C Joseph Witkowski

Kansas City Royals
Draft picks signed:
RHP Mark Binford (30), RHP Bryan Brickhouse (3), RHP Jake Junis (29), RHP Kyle Smith (4), SS Jack Lopez (16), OF Patrick Leonard (5), OF Bubba Starling (1)
Added to 40-man roster: C Salvador Perez
Optioned to Triple-A: C Manny Pina
Option transferred: LHP Noel Arguelles (High-A to Arizona League)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chaz Byrne, C Juan Graterol, C Paul Krebs
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Juan Polonia
Reinstated from DL: RHP Gary Cuevas, LHP George Baumann, C Paul Krebs

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
SS Kirby Young (NDFA—Sacramento State)
Draft picks signed: RHP Mike Clevinger (4), RHP Austin Wood (6), LHP Michael Johnson (46)
Released: RHP Chad Yinger, LHP Ryan Ketchner
Recalled: RHP Trevor Bell, LHP Horacio Ramirez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Garrett Richards
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Trevor Bell, SS Andrew Romine
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Eric Junge
Reinstated from DL: LHP Robert Fish, 1B Brandon Decker

Los Angeles Dodgers
Draft picks signed:
RHP Ryan O'Sullivan (4), LHP Chris Reed (1), 3B Kevin Taylor (36)
Added to 40-man roster: SS Justin Sellers
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Raul Burgos, LHP Adam Dedeaux, LHP Randy Keisler, C Angelo Ponte, C J.T. Wise, 3B Chris Henderson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Alberto Bastardo, C Hector Gimenez, C B.J. LaRosa, 1B Blake Dean, 2B Pedro Guerrero

A sixth-round pick of the Athletics in ’05, Justin Sellers headed to the Cubs in February ’09 in the Mike Wuertz deal. Chicago then traded him to the Dodgers at the end of ’09 spring training, returning Sellers to his Southern California roots. With Triple-A Albuquerque he batted .304/.400/.537 with 14 homers and a 41-to-57 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 270 at-bats. Away from Isotopes Park, however, he didn't hit for average (.218) or power (.331 slugging with three homers), though his walk rate remained unchanged.

Now that he's in the big leagues, Sellers will give division rival Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks a run for his money in the tattoo department. Perhaps we'll need to add Best Ink to the National League Best Tools survey next year.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Mark Williams (Washington (Frontier))
Draft picks signed: RHP Taylor Jungmann (1), LHP Jed Bradley (1), SS Chris McFarland (18)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Frankie de la Cruz
Option transferred: RHP Wily Peralta (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark Rogers, RHP Cody Scarpetta, C Shawn Zarraga, 2B Mike Brownstein
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jim Henderson, LHP Chase Wright, C Rafael Neda, C Michael Roberts, 1B Cody Hawn

Wily Peralta quietly had an excellent season in the Double-A Southern League prior to his promotion. He went 9-7, 3.46 in 21 starts for Huntsville and ranked third in the league in ERA and strikeout rate (8.8 per nine innings).

Minnesota Twins
Draft picks signed:
RHP Hudson Boyd (1.5), RHP Joshua Burris (17), RHP Trent Higginbotham (26), RHP Chris Mazza (27), LHP Brett Lee (10), LHP Austin Malinowski (16), LHP Jason Wheeler (8), 3B Travis Harrison (1.5), SS Levi Michael (1)
Traded: OF Delmon Young to Tigers for RHP Lester Oliveros and LHP Cole Nelson
Recalled: RHP Kevin Slowey, SS Trevor Plouffe, OF Rene Tosoni
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Lester Oliveros, SS Trevor Plouffe
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Clint Dempster, C Jair Fernandez, 1B Mike Gonzales, SS Daniel Santana, OF Nate Roberts
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shooter Hunt, C Kyle Knudson, 3B Ray Chang, OF Nate Roberts

New York Mets
Draft picks signed:
RHP Christian Montgomery (11), RHP Logan Verrett (3), SS Phillip Evans (15), OF Brad Marquez (16), OF Brandon Nimmo (1)
Option transferred: SS Jordany Valdespin (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Church, RHP Bret Mitchell, 3B Miguel Tejada, OF Jason Botts, OF Cesar Puello
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Beaulac, SS Jose Coronado, SS Niuman Romero, OF Bubba Bell, OF Jason Botts

The Mets rewarded shortstop Jordany Valdespin's newfound maturity with a promotion to Triple-A. With Double-A Binghamton he made the Eastern League all-star team and batted .297/.341/.483 with 15 homers and 33 steals in 404 at-bats.

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Scott Proctor
Draft picks signed: RHP John Brebbia (30), RHP Jordan Cote (3), RHP Rookie Davis (14), RHP Joey Maher (38), LHP Daniel Camarena (20), LHP Jake Cave (6), LHP Chaz Hebert (27), C Greg Bird (5), 3B Adam Smith (25)
Released: LHP Greg Smith
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Raul Valdes
Option transferred: RHP Dellin Betances (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Eric Wordekemper, C Ryan Baker, C Gary Sanchez, OF Dan Brewer
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Ravel Santana
Reinstated from DL: RHP Caleb Cotham, LHP Kei Igawa, C Austin Romine, 3B Rob Segedin, 3B Terry Tiffee, OF Ray Kruml, OF Eduardo Sosa

Searching far and wide for lefty relief, the Yankees claimed 33-year-old Raul Valdes on waivers from the Cardinals. He'll have to learn a new pitch or a new delivery because lefthanded batters at the big league level have hit .327/.377/.602 with four homers in 107 plate appearances versus Valdes.

Oakland Athletics
Draft picks signed:
RHP Colin O'Connell (8), LHP Chris Lamb (11), 3B B.A. Vollmuth (3)
Recalled: RHP Bruce Billings, 1B Brandon Allen
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jordan Norberto, 3B Adam Rosales
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Meloan
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Michael Ynoa, C Josh Leyland
Reinstated from DL: OF Jose Rivero

Dominican bonus baby Michael Ynoa now has as many 60-day disabled list stints in his career as he does professional appearances: three. He had Tommy John surgery last August, so with the health setbacks (all related to his elbow) he'll be 20 years old next spring with all of nine innings in the Arizona League to his credit. Here's a scary thought: Ynoa will be eligible for the ’12 Rule 5 draft if he's not a member of Oakland's 40-man roster at that time. He has plenty of time to reclaim his faded prospect stock, but having signed for $4.25 million, Ynoa offers just about the strongest cautionary tale possible of the risks associated with signing and projecting 16-year-old players.

In lighter news, Brandon Allen kept slugging for Triple-A Sacramento and earned his first callup to Oakland. He belted three homers in 10 games with the River Cats after joining the organization in the Brad Ziegler trade. On the year, Allen batted .299/.413/.578 with 21 homers in 344 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League. He'll be 26 next spring.

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Casey Barnes (Washington (Frontier)), RHP Dave Bush, OF Jack Cust
Draft picks signed: RHP Jesen Dygestile-Therrien (17), RHP Kenny Giles (7), LHP Braden Shull (27), SS Roman Quinn (2), SS Mitch Walding (5), OF Larry Greene (1.5), OF Johnny Knight (49)
Traded: OF Domingo Santana to Astros as player to be named in deal in which Astros traded OF Hunter Pence and cash to Phillies for RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid, 1B Jonathan Singleton and a player to be named
Option transferred: 3B Carlos Rivero (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Ryan Feierabend, LHP Tommy Palica, C Tim Kennelly, 1B Kelly Dugan
Placed on 60-day DL: SS Nerio Rios
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chance Chapman, RHP Marek Minarik, OF Geancarlo Mendez

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Mike Crotta (re-signed)
Draft picks signed: RHP Gerrit Cole (1), RHP Clay Holmes (9), OF Josh Bell (2), OF Candon Myles (12)
Recalled: 3B Josh Harrison
Designated for assignment: RHP Tim Wood
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ross Ohlendorf, 3B Pedro Alvarez
Option transferred: LHP Jeff Locke (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Decker, RHP Brooks Pounders, LHP Garrett Olson, LHP Rudy Owens

Jeff Locke made a fine Triple-A debut, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings for Indianapolis. He struck out six, walked none and allowed four hits, in the process extending his scoreless streak to 11 2/3 innings, a streak that began in his final start for Double-A Altoona. The 23-year-old Locke, acquired from the Braves in the 2009 Nate McLouth deal, made 32 starts (and one relief appearance) for Altoona over the course of this season and last, producing positive results and solid scouting reports. He went 10-10, 3.89 with 170 strikeouts in 182 2/3 innings (8.4 per nine) and a 1.28 WHIP. Locke mixes an 89-91 mph tailing fastball and sinking changeup to good effect and also throws a fringy curveball, making him a solid back-of-the-rotation candidate

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
RHP Ethan Cole (NDFA—Northeast Texas CC)
Draft picks signed: RHP Chris Costantino (43), RHP Sam Gaviglio (5), OF Charlie Tilson (2)
Released: RHP Eric Binder, RHP Blaine Boyer, RHP Joel Pichardo, LHP Ron Mahay
Designated for assignment: LHP Raul Valdes
Optioned to Triple-A: C Tony Cruz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Javier Avendano, RHP Francisco Samuel, C Nick Derba, 1B Phil Cerreto, 2B Kolten Wong, OF Aaron Luna, OF Michael Swinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Deryk Hooker, RHP Joel Pichardo, RHP Chase Reid, RHP Kevin Thomas, LHP Manuel de la Cruz, LHP Rich Rundles, LHP Kevin Siegrist, 2B Jose Garcia

The Cardinals signed undrafted righty Ethan Cole after his star turn for Edenton of the college summer Coastal Plain League. A redshirt sophomore this season at Northeast Texas CC, the 21-year-old Cole had intended to transfer to Tennessee Wesleyan for the ’12 season, but a chance to turn pro was too good to pass up.

San Diego Padres
Signed:
3B Pedro Feliz (Camden (Atlantic)), SS Amadeo Zazueta (Camden (Atlantic))
Draft picks signed: RHP Michael Kelly (1.5), RHP Joe Ross (1), RHP Burch Smith (14), C Austin Hedges (2)
Released: C Dan Killian, C Cole Tyrell, 2B Jorge Minyety
Recalled: RHP Pat Neshek
Optioned to Triple-A: C Luis Martinez
Optioned to Double-A: OF Blake Tekotte
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Eric Patterson
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Daniel Sarria
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Branham, SS Larry Moore

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Jose Casilla (re-signed)
Draft picks signed: RHP Joe Biagini (26), RHP Ray Black (7), RHP Cameron McVey (22), RHP Tyler Mizenko (28), RHP Jake Smith (48), LHP Mitchell Beacom (20), LHP Josh Osich (6), C Andrew Susac (2), 1B Ricky Oropesa (3)
Released: RHP Felix Romero
Recalled: LHP Dan Runzler, 1B Brandon Belt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Jacob Dunnington, 2B Raynor Campbell, OF Jose de la Cruz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Raymundo Montero, C Tyler LaTorre

Seattle Mariners
Draft picks signed:
RHP Carter Capps (3.5), RHP Carson Smith (8), C Tyler Marlette (5), SS Cavan Cohoes (9), SS Brad Miller (2), OF Cory Scammell (35)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Wily Mo Pena
Designated for assignment: LHP Luke French
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Aaron Laffey
Reinstated from DL: OF Kuo-Hui Lo

Tampa Bay Rays
Draft picks signed:
RHP Taylor Guerrieri (1), RHP Matt Ramsey (19), LHP Grayson Garvin (1.5), 3B Tyler Goeddel (1.5), OF Mikie Mahtook (1)
Recalled: SS Reid Brignac
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Matt Carson
Reinstated from DL: OF Matt Carson, OF Brandon Guyer

Texas Rangers
Draft pick signed:
RHP Carl Edwards (48)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Darren O'Day
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Barret Loux, RHP Nick Tepesch, 2B Matt Kata, SS Leury Garcia
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Stanford

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Vince Bongiovanni (Lincoln (American Association))
Draft picks signed: RHP Mark Biggs (8), RHP Kevin Comer (1.5), RHP Anthony DeSclafani (6), RHP Tom Robson (4), RHP John Stilson (3), LHP Daniel Norris (2), 3B Matt Dean (13), SS Christian Lopes (7), OF Dwight Smith Jr. (1.5)
Released: C Tim Mahler
Recalled: SS Mike McCoy
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Wil Ledezma, LHP Rommie Lewis
Option transferred: SS Adeiny Hechavarria (Double-A to Triple-A), OF Darin Mastroianni (Triple-A to Double-A and then back to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Taylor Cole, RHP Deck McGuire, LHP Sean Henn, C Joe Bowen, 1B Balbino Fuenmayor, OF Chris Hopkins
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Zak Adams
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kramer Champlin, RHP Misaul Diaz, RHP Wes Etheridge, LHP Willie Collazo, 1B Mike McDade, SS Jonathon Berti

Washington Nationals
Draft picks signed:
RHP Alex Meyer (1), LHP Kylin Turnbull (4), OF Brian Goodwin (1.5)
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris McKenzie, SS Reuben Rogers

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