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Minor League Transactions: Aug. 17-24

Arizona Diamondbacks
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Kevin Mulvey (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Urquidez, C Robby Hammock
Reinstated from DL: RHP Charles Brewer, 2B Tony Abreu

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Juan Jaime, 3B Wes Helms
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Randall Delgado
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Erik Cordier, 2B Phil Gosselin, OF Willie Cabrera

A hard thrower who had Tommy John surgery in April ’10 and has not yet returned to action, Juan Jaime could morph into a useful bullpen piece for Atlanta, assuming they can re-sign him to a minor league deal for next season. (The 24-year-old Jaime has just 32 innings of experience in full-season ball, however.) The Braves know a thing or two about acquiring relievers on the cheap. They snagged Eric O'Flaherty on waivers from the Mariners in November ’08, Cristhian Martinez from the Marlins in April ’10 and Anthony Varvaro from the Mariners (again) last January. Atlanta also signed Juan Abreu (whom they packaged to Houston in the Michael Bourn deal) and Jairo Asencio (who won Best Reliever honors in the International League) on the minor league free agent market.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
3B Ryan Zrenda (NDFA—Brown)
Recalled: 2B Ryan Adams, OF Matt Angle
Added to 40-man roster: C Jake Fox
Removed from 40-man: RHP Luis Lebron (outrighted to short-season)
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Josh Bell, SS Blake Davis
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Will Startup, C Kyle Moore
Reinstated from DL: C Zach Booker, C Adam Donachie, 1B Tyler Townsend, OF Ron Welty

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
LHP Greg Smith, C Jeff Howell (Lincoln (American Association))
Added to 40-man roster: C Ryan Lavarnway
Removed from 40-man: LHP Randy Williams (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Kyle Stroup, C Jayson Hernandez, 1B Jonathan Hee, OF Ryan Kalish
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Brenden Shepard
Transferred to 60-day DL: 3B Garin Cecchini
Reinstated from DL: RHP Anatanaer Batista, RHP Michael Olmsted, RHP Mathew Price, LHP Royce Ring, 2B Zach Gentile, OF Andrew Turocy

Prior to his callup, Ryan Lavarnway mashed an eye-opening 30 homers while batting .293/.372/.559 in 417 at-bats at Double-A and Triple-A. The Orioles' Matt Wieters hit 27 homers at those same levels and in those same leagues (Eastern, International) in ’08. [Correction: Wieters actually played in the Carolina and Eastern leagues. ME] That's not to compare Lavarnway and Wieters as prospects—though it does illustrate how difficult it is for a catcher to go deep 30 times in a minor league season. The only 30-homer catchers turned up in a cursory search of the past seven seasons: the Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia, who hit 32 bombs for Las Vegas last year, and the Angels' Mike Napoli, who struck 31 homers for Double-A Arkansas in ’05. The former benefited from a crazy hitting environments of the Pacific Coast League, while the latter played exclusively in Double-A.

Can anyone find a 30-homer catcher who spent about half the season in the International League?

Chicago Cubs
Recalled:
RHP Casey Coleman
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Scott Maine
Option transferred: RHP Kyle Smit (High-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Berg, RHP Ethan Elias, RHP Scott Weismann, LHP Scott Maine, C Taylor Davis, 1B Trevor Gretzky, SS Arismendy Alcantara, OF Manuel Barrios, OF Smaily Borges
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP Ethan Elias, RHP Robinson Lopez, RHP Amaury Paulino, 3B Marquez Smith, OF Manuel Barrios

Chicago White Sox
Draft pick signed:
OF Dustin Hayes (29)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Josh Kinney
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Bisenius, RHP Paul Burnside, RHP Matt Zaleski, C Miguel Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Paul Burnside, RHP Dexter Carter, 3B Kyle Shelton

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
LHP Philippe Valiquette
Traded: RHP David Johnson to Blue Jays for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jared Burton, LHP Matt Maloney
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Tom Cochran, C Corky Miller
Reinstated from DL: C Mark Fleury

Cleveland Indians
Traded:
LHP Drew Pomeranz to Rockies as player to be named in deal in which Rockies traded RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to Indians for RHP Joe Gardner, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and a player to be named
Recalled: RHP Josh Judy, RHP Zach McAllister, 1B Shelley Duncan, 2B Cord Phelps, 2B Luis Valbuena, OF Ezequiel Carrera
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Judy, RHP Zach McAllister, 2B Luis Valbuena, OF Ezequiel Carrera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Clayton Ehlert, RHP Jose Flores, OF Thomas Neal, OF Nick Weglarz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Danny Salazar, LHP Kelvin de la Cruz, LHP Giovanni Soto, C Juan Apodaca, OF Anthony Gallas

Colorado Rockies
Released:
1B Mike Jacobs, 1B Blake McDade
Acquired: LHP Drew Pomeranz from Indians as player to be named in deal in which Rockies traded RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to Indians for RHP Joe Gardner, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and a player to be named
Acquired: 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff from Athletics for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
Designated for assignment: SS Ryan Rohlinger
Removed from 40-man: RHP Edgar Gonzalez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Chris Nelson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Billy Buckner, LHP Drew Pomeranz, 3B Ian Stewart, SS Jeff Squier, OF Cole Garner
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andy Graham, RHP Josh Sullivan, 1B Matt McBride, SS Radames Nazario

The Rockies wasted no time in releasing Mike Jacobs after Major League Baseball announced that the 30-year-old Triple-A slugger had become the first player to test positive for human growth hormone.

While Ubaldo Jimenez ran up a 5.79 ERA in his first five starts for the Indians, Drew Pomeranz, the lead prospect acquired by Colorado, had an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 20. Pomeranz pitched seven strong innings (two hits, four whiffs, no walks) in his Rockies debut for Double-A Tulsa.

Detroit Tigers
Released:
OF Samir Rijo
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Brandon Inge
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Andy Dirks
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP L.J. Gagnier, LHP Adam Wilk, OF Clete Thomas
Reinstated from DL: LHP Hua-Wei Lo, SS Ryan Soares, OF Brent Wyatt

Florida Marlins
Released:
OF Ernesto Manzanillo
Recalled: RHP Chris Hatcher, OF Logan Morrison
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Chris Coghlan
Option transferred: RHP Sandy Rosario (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Alfredo Lopez, SS Tim Torres, OF Brent Keys
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Higgins, RHP Scott Lyman, RHP Zach Neal, 3B Matt Dominguez, SS Todd Muecklisch, OF Ryan McIntyre

Houston Astros
Released:
RHP Nelson Figueroa, LHP Doug Arguello
Recalled: LHP J.A. Happ, LHP Wesley Wright
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Fulchino, RHP Jordan Lyles, OF J.B. Shuck
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP R.J. Alaniz, RHP Jake Buchanan, RHP Tanner Bushue, RHP Jason Chowning, 1B Charles Davidson, 2B Jose Thompson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jason Chowning, RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP James Robinson, RHP Jose Valdez, LHP Brad Dydalewicz, 1B Jimmy Van Ostrand, OF Brandon Meredith

Kansas City Royals
Placed on 7-day DL:
C Manny Pina, OF Julio Aparicio
Reinstated from DL: OF Alex Llanos, OF Tim Smith

Los Angeles Angels
Recalled:
C Hank Conger, OF Mike Trout
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jerome Williams
Removed from 40-man: OF Reggie Willits (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyler Chatwood, LHP Horacio Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Dillon Baird, OF Reggie Willits
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Junge

The 39th overall pick in the ’99 draft and former No. 1 prospect in the Giants system, Jerome Williams had not started a major league game since ’07. In the four years between starts, he kicked around Triple-A with the Twins, Dodgers, Athletics and Angels; played independent ball in the Golden and Atlantic leagues; and even spent the ’10 season in the Taiwanese major league. He latched on with the Angels in June and earned his callup by going 7-2, 3.91 with a 60/15 strikeouts/walks in 73 2/3 innings for Salt Lake.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Recalled:
C A.J. Ellis
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Josh Lindblom
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP John Housey, RHP Joey Newby, LHP Dave Jensen, LHP Aaron Miller, C Steve Domecus, 2B Pedro Guerrero, SS Faustino Oguisten, SS Kevin Thompson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Raul Burgos, LHP Geison Aguasviva, LHP Randy Keisler, C Steve Cilladi, OF Blake Smith

Milwaukee Brewers
Removed from 40-man:
2B Felipe Lopez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Heckathorn, RHP Seth Lintz, C Tony Pechek, 1B Chris Dennis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin James, RHP Maverick Lasker, C Shawn Zarraga

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
LHP Caleb Thielbar (St. Paul (American Association))
Recalled: RHP Lester Oliveros, 1B Luke Hughes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Bromberg, C Kyle Knudson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Mike Tarsi, C Jair Fernandez, 1B Mike Gonzales, OF Nate Roberts

New York Mets
Recalled:
C Mike Nickeas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott Moviel, RHP Tyson Seng, LHP Hamilton Bennett, OF Bubba Bell, OF Fernando Martinez, OF Travis Taijeron
Placed on 60-day DL: C Jeff Diehl
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Church, RHP Guillaume Leduc, LHP Chris Hilliard, C Jean Luc Blaquiere, C Salomon Manriquez, 3B Brandon Brown, OF Bubba Bell

New York Yankees
Released:
RHP Buddy Carlyle, 1B Terry Tiffee
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jeff Marquez (outrighted to Double-A), C Gustavo Molina (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Aaron Laffey
Option transferred: LHP Raul Valdes (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP Mikey O'Brien, LHP Evan DeLuca, LHP Steve Garrison, LHP Brad Halsey, C Kyle Higashioka, C P.J. Pilittere, OF Eduardo Sosa
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Dan Mahoney, LHP Trevor Johnson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP David Phelps, C Ryan Baker, C P.J. Pilittere, 2B Ronnier Mustelier

Oakland Athletics
Traded:
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff to Rockies for cash considerations
Recalled: LHP Jordan Norberto
Added to 40-man roster: C Anthony Recker
Optioned to Triple-A: C Landon Powell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Sean Murphy, OF Shane Peterson, OF Jose Rivero
Reinstated from DL: 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones, OF Douglas Landaeta

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Jack Cust
Recalled: 2B Pete Orr
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Michael Schwimer
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Duke
Reinstated from DL: RHP Aaron Heilman, LHP Ryan Feierabend, 1B Tagg Bozied, OF D'Arby Myers

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Aaron Heilman, RHP Mike Loree (Long Island (Atlantic))
Recalled: RHP Ross Ohlendorf, LHP Tony Watson, SS Pedro Ciriaco
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Aaron Thompson
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Aaron Thompson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Dubee, LHP Colton Cain, LHP Jhonathan Ramos, C Jason Jaramillo, OF Anthony Norman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Inman, RHP Brooks Pounders, LHP Garrett Olson, 3B Jeremy Farrell, OF Carlos Mesa

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
SS Vance Albitz (Lincoln (American Association))
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Hector Corpas, RHP Carlos Martinez, LHP Jonathan Cornelius, C Audry Perez, OF Roberto Reyes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Seth Blair, C Travis Tartamella

San Diego Padres
Released:
1B Daniel Garce
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Pat Neshek, 3B James Darnell
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Branham, RHP John Van Benschoten, 2B Bryan Altman, SS Larry Moore, OF Drew Macias, OF Donavan Tate
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Jackson, 1B Cody Decker, OF Eric Patterson

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
LHP Jason Stevenson (Chico (North American))
Recalled: RHP Steve Edlefsen, C Hector Sanchez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brandon Allen, RHP Matt Graham, RHP Chris Heston, RHP Danny Sandbrink, LHP Brian Maloney
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Armando Paniagua, RHP Addison Proszek, C Eliezer Zambrano, SS Carter Jurica

Signed by the Expos as a draft-and-follow in ’01, Jason Stevenson advanced to Triple-A with the organization before retiring (and subsequently drawing his release) in ’06. He headed home to Redding, Calif., to deal with what he deemed family issues, as J.J. Cooper detailed in a highly recommended Independent Audit. The 30-year-old Stevenson did not pitch professionally in the five seasons from ’06 through ’10, though he emerged as the North American League's top pitcher this season, going 8-0, 1.68 in nine games with a 76-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Chico.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Dylan deMeyer (NDFA—Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif.), RHP Andrew Kittredge (NDFA—Washington), LHP Philippe Valiquette
Released: 3B Matt Mangini
Designated for assignment: LHP Aaron Laffey
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Anthony Vasquez
Removed from 40-man: LHP Luke French (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Rich Poythress, 1B Rudy van Heydoorn, OF Carlos Peguero
Reinstated from DL: C Steve Baron, SS Nick Franklin

Vista, Calif., prep righty Dylan deMeyer passed on a commitment to Galveston (Texas) JC to turn pro with the Mariners. "I've always wanted to play pro ball. That was my goal," deMeyer is quoted as saying on the Rancho Buena Vista High web site.

The Mariners lost Aaron Laffey on a waiver claim to the Yankees, a team searching far and wide for lefty relievers.

Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned to Triple-A:
C Robinson Chirinos
Option transferred: RHP Chris Archer (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason McEachern, RHP Ryan Reid, OF Brett Nommensen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joe Cruz, RHP Albert Suarez

Texas Rangers
Recalled:
RHP Darren O'Day
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tim Wood, C Taylor Teagarden
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Tucker, LHP Zach Jackson, LHP Kevin Johnson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Nick Tepesch, 2B Matt Kata, 3B Mike Olt

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Kyle Davies, LHP Francisco Gracesqui (NDFA—Sullivan County (N.Y.) CC), 1B Luke Willson (NDFA—Rice)
Released: LHP Leandro Mella, LHP Kenllie Santana, OF Lance Durham
Acquired: RHP David Johnson to Blue Jays for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Joel Carreno, C Brian Jeroloman, OF Darin Mastroianni
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Brad Mills
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Robert Ray
Reinstated from DL: RHP Scott Richmond, RHP Robert Webb, LHP Sean Henn, 1B Balbino Fuenmayor, 1B Ryan Shealy

The Blue Jays signed Ontario native Luke Willson following a tryout at the Rogers Centre, though he played only football (tight end) at Rice, where he has two years of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-6 lefty batter, Willson has raw power, if not an abundance of baseball experience. He played for the Canadian national junior team in ’08 and worked out with the Owls baseball team in ’09 before focusing on football.

Lefty Francisco Gracesqui became the first player from Sullivan County (N.Y.) CC to play pro ball. He signed for $40,000. Gracesqui attended New York's Washington High, just like his older brother Frank, a 32-year-old lefty who pitches in the Atlantic League (and appeared in seven games for the ’04 Marlins).

Washington Nationals
Released:
OF Rashad Hatcher
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Trevor Holder, C Miguel Perez, 2B Khayyan Norfork, OF Bryce Harper
Reinstated from DL: LHP Sammy Solis, C Devin Ivany, OF Justin Bloxom

Bryce Harper strained his right hamstring in an Aug. 18 game for Double-A Harrisburg. The 18-year-old batted .256 (33-for-129) with three homers and seven doubles (.395 slugging) in 37 games for the Senators. At a the more age-appropriate level of low Class A, Harper batted .318/.423/.554 with 14 homers, 17 doubles and 44 walks in 72 games.

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