Minor League Transactions: Aug. 3-9

Numbers in parentheses indicate draft round.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
RHP Cristian Beltre
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Urquidez, C Raywilly Gomez, C Zach Jones
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Mulvey, C Raywilly Gomez, 2B Matt Jensen, SS Dan Kaczrowski, OF Jeremia Gomez

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Navery Moore (14), LHP Luis Merejo
Released: RHP Matt Lewis
Recalled: LHP Mike Minor

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Willie Eyre, OF John Ruettiger (8)
Released: RHP Josh Rupe
Recalled: RHP Jason Berken, RHP Chris Tillman
Designated for assignment: RHP Brandon Erbe
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mark Hendrickson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Diaz, C Adam Donachie, C Joel Polanco
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Taylor, C Joel Polanco, 1B Rhyne Hughes

Brandon Erbe's time with the Orioles may be nearing an end. The 23-year-old will be eligible for free agency if he's not added back to the 40-man roster between now and early November. Baltimore born and bred, Erbe signed out of third round of the ’05 draft and put Class A ball behind him by the end of the ’08 season. However, he's pitched just 165 innings in the past three seasons (including 4 2/3 this year), and he's coming off labrum surgery in ’10.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
LHP Robby Scott (Yuma (North American)), OF Brett Carroll
Released: RHP Chris Huseby, RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Clevelan Santeliz, OF Zach Daeges
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Randy Williams
Option transferred: RHP Junichi Tazawa (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Anatanaer Batista, RHP Caleb Clay, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, 2B Zach Gentile, 2B Drew Sutton, 3B Travis Shaw, OF Wilfred Pichardo
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Miguel Pena, OF Ryan Westmoreland
Reinstated from DL: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Chris Huseby, RHP Dennis Neuman, OF Zach Daeges, OF Ryan Kalish

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Tayler Scott (5), C Justin Marra (15)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Robinson Lopez, 2B Carlos Figueroa, 3B Brandon May
Reinstated from DL: 1B Jake Opitz, 2B Matt Cerda

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Chris Devenski (25), OF Adam Heisler (NDFA—South Alabama)
Released: RHP Reid Kelly, OF Kenny Gilbert
Recalled: RHP Zach Stewart
Placed on 7-day DL: C Jose Ramos, OF Kenny Williams Jr.
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Cassel, RHP Justin Collop, RHP Tyson Corley, RHP Reid Kelly, LHP Santos Rodriguez, OF Christian Marrero

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
2B Taylor Wrenn (27)
Recalled: LHP Travis Wood
Added to 40-man roster: OF Dave Sappelt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brandon Hynick, C Yasmani Grandal, 1B Chris Richburg, OF Yorman Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Lotzkar, LHP Matt Fairel, C Chris Denove, C Mark Fleury, 3B Juan Francisco, OF Cody Puckett

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Cody Anderson (14), LHP Geoff Davenport (43), LHP Ryan Merritt (16), SS Yhoxian Medina (38), OF Brian Ruiz (41)
Released: RHP Justin Germano, RHP Anthony Reyes
Recalled: 1B Shelley Duncan
Removed from 40-man: RHP Mitch Talbot (outrighted to Triple-A), OF Travis Buck (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cole Cook
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bryan Price, RHP Anthony Reyes, OF Nick Weglarz

The Indians released Justin Germano so that he could sign with Samsung of Korea Baseball Organization. He yielded five runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings in his final start for Columbus, but one turn earlier, on July 26, he three a 95-pitch perfect game at Syracuse.

Colorado Rockies
Released:
RHP Sean Jarrett, RHP Erik Stavert
Traded: SS Alfredo Amezaga to Marlins for 2B Jesus Merchan
Recalled: RHP Greg Reynolds, RHP Josh Roenicke
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Greg Reynolds
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Darin Holcomb, OF Cole Garner, OF Kent Matthes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Erik Stavert, OF Orlando Sandoval

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Chad Smith (17), C James McCann (2), SS Brandon Loy (5)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Patrick Cooper, RHP Nate Newman, RHP Bruce Rondon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevan Hess, LHP Matt Hoffman, SS Gustavo Nunez, OF P.J. Polk

Florida Marlins
Signed:
RHP Alex Caldera (Fargo-Moorhead (American Association)), LHP James Leverton (New Jersey (Can-Am)), 1B Ryan Rieger (7)
Traded: 2B Jesus Merchan to Rockies for SS Alfredo Amezaga
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Joe Thurston, SS Alfredo Amezaga
Option transferred: RHP Evan Reed (Double-A to High-A), RHP Alex Sanabia (Triple-A to High-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adalberto Mendez
Reinstated from DL: RHP A.J. Battisto, RHP Evan Reed, RHP Alex Sanabia, RHP Kyle Winters, C Miguel Fermin, 2B Yefri Perez, 2B Dallas Poulk, OF Isaac Galloway

The Marlins welcomed back into the fold 33-year-old Alfredo Amezaga, whom they acquired in a trade with the Rockies for well-traveled minor league middle infielder Jesus Merchan. Amezaga established himself as the perfect super-utilityman with Florida from ’06 through ’09 because he switch-hits and competently plays the four most demanding non-catcher positions: shortstop, second base, third base and center field.

Florida signed Alex Caldera and James Leverton out of the indy ball ranks and assigned them to low Class A Greensboro. They had been released by the Nationals and Cubs, respectively, in April.

Houston Astros
Recalled:
RHP Jeff Fulchino, LHP Wesley Wright
Added to 40-man roster: OF J.B. Shuck
Removed from 40-man: OF Luis Durango (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP J.A. Happ, OF Luis Durango
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Chowning, RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Zach Grimmett, RHP Sergio Perez, 1B Jimmy Van Ostrand, OF Brandon Meredith
Reinstated from DL: RHP Robby Donovan, RHP Luis Ordosgoitti, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, LHP Tommy Shirley, C Brian Esposito, SS Jio Mier

Luis Durango can run like the wind and seldom strikes out, but he almost never drives the ball, either. And now he's been pushed out of Houston by Jason Bourgeois, J.D. Martinez and J.B. Shuck. In his brief big league career for the Padres and Astros, Durango has taken 74 plate appearances and collected 19 hits, all singles. That means his average (.292) is identical to his slugging percentage (.292), and that means his isolated power is .000. And that's rare. Durango is the sixth player of the Expansion Era to collect zero extra-base hits through at least 70 career plate appearances—but what makes him special is that he's the first to do so since ’93.

Honorable mention: Brian Bocock has only one extra-base hit (a double) in 98 career PAs. That's a .012 isolated power.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
LHP Clayton Schulz (NDFA—North Florida)
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Johnny Giavotella
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Yamaico Navarro
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eduardo Paulino, 1B Joey Lewis

Johnny Giavotella racked up 503 plate appearances for Triple-A Omaha in four months, batting .338/.390/.481 with nine homers and 34 doubles. He still leads the Pacific Coast League with 153 hits after a week in the big leagues.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Cody Evans (Amarillo (American Association))
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Horacio Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Brandon Decker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Bryant George, SS Adam Younger

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Scott Barlow (6)
Released: RHP Robert Romero
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Nate Eovaldi
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP John Ely
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Pedro Guerrero
Reinstated from DL: RHP Josh Walter, C Angelo Ponte, 1B John Lindsey

Nate Eovaldi enjoyed a fine season in the Double-A Southern League, where he ranks second to Matt Moore in ERA (2.62) and opponent average (.205), while ranking fourth in WHIP (1.18) and strikeout rate (8.7 per nine innings).

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Jorge Lopez (2), LHP Randy Flores, OF Michael Reed (5)
Released: C Sean McCraw
Elected free agency: OF Brett Carroll
Removed from 40-man: OF Brett Carroll (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jim Henderson, RHP Maverick Lasker, LHP Charly Bashara, LHP Chase Wright, 3B Mike Walker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Fiers, RHP Sean Green

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
C Matt Koch (12)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jhon Garcia, RHP Garrett Jewell, RHP Brad Stillings, RHP Ben Tootle, SS Estarlin de los Santos
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Justin Gallant
Reinstated from DL: C Danny Lehmann, SS A.J. Pettersen, OF Steven Liddle

New York Mets
Signed:
C Jeff Diehl (23)
Recalled: SS Ruben Tejada, OF Mike Baxter
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Nick Evans
Optioned to Triple-A: C Mike Nickeas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Guillaume Leduc, RHP Gabriel Zavala, C Jean Luc Blaquiere, C Nelfi Zapata, 3B Brandon Brown
Reinstated from DL: RHP Erik Goeddel, 2B Justin Schafer, 3B Zach Lutz

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Hayden Sharp (18)
Released: LHP J.C. Romero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scottie Allen, RHP Michael Solbach, RHP Eric Wordekemper, C Hector Rabago, C Austin Romine, 2B David Adams, OF Ray Kruml
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Brandon Braboy, SS Carmen Angelini
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Arneson, RHP Nathan Forer, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, RHP Zach Varce, RHP Eric Wordekemper, LHP Wilkins Arias, LHP Aaron Dott, C Tyler Austin, C Ryan Baker, C Kyle Higashioka, 2B Walter Ibarra

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP J.J. Leaper (Yuma (North American))
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jerry Blevins
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones, OF Douglas Landaeta
Reinstated from DL: OF Jose Crisotomo

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
OF Brent Clevlen (Wichita (American Association)), OF Chris Lubanski (Chico (North American))
Recalled: RHP Scott Mathieson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Scott Mathieson, LHP Juan Perez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Terry Evans, OF Geancarlo Mendez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesus Pirela

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Tyler Glasnow (5), OF Rodarrick Jones (37)
Traded: C Miguel Perez to Nationals for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Brad Lincoln
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tony Watson, C Eric Fryer
Placed on 7-day DL: C Miguel Perez, 2B Jarek Cunningham, SS Yhonathan Barrios, OF Carlos Mesa
Reinstated from DL: C Miguel Perez, 3B Dan Gamache

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on 7-day DL:
RHP Seth Blair, LHP Manuel de la Cruz, 2B Jose Garcia
Reinstated from DL: RHP Hector Corpas, 1B Phil Cerreto, 1B Mark Hamilton, OF Mike O'Neill

San Diego Padres
Signed:
OF Drew Macias (Camden (Atlantic)), OF Carlos Sosa (Road Warriors (Atlantic))
Recalled: LHP Wade LeBlanc, OF Blake Tekotte
Added to 40-man roster: 3B James Darnell
Optioned to Double-A: OF Blake Tekotte
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Everth Cabrera
Reinstated from DL: RHP Josh Worrell, 2B Pat McKenna

Drew Macias signed with the Padres organization after two years away. A draft-and-follow from ’02, he spent seven years in the system prior to signing with the Diamondbacks as a minor league free agent for the ’10 season. Macias batted just .255/.388/.398 for Triple-A Reno last year and had to prove himself in the Atlantic League before getting another shot in affiliated ball.

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Chris Marlowe (5), LHP Scotty Walker (NDFA—UC Davis)
Released: RHP Jose Casilla
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Waldis Joaquin
Removed from 40-man: LHP Alex Hinshaw (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Waldis Joaquin, 1B Brandon Belt
Option transferred: OF Darren Ford (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kendry Flores, C Eliezer Zambrano, OF Christian Diaz
Reinstated from DL: RHP Wilber Bucardo, RHP Osiris Matos, C Rey Duran, OF Darren Ford

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
C Luke Guarnaccia (19)
Recalled: SS Luis Rodriguez, OF Trayvon Robinson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Shawn Kelley, OF Greg Halman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP George Mieses, LHP Mauricio Robles, C Jack Marder, OF Matt Cerione
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Brandon Maurer, RHP Alfredo Venegas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Willy Kesler, LHP Fabio Castro, 1B Matt Browning

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled:
LHP Cesar Ramos
Reinstated from DL: RHP Trevor Shull, OF Todd Glaesmann

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Connor Sadzeck (11)
Recalled: RHP Darren O'Day
Reinstated from DL: RHP Neil Ramirez

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Brady Dragmire (17), OF Jacob Anderson (1.5), OF Derrick Loveless (27)
Recalled: LHP Luis Perez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Henderson Alvarez, 3B Brett Lawrie
Removed from 40-man: LHP Wil Ledezma (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Travis Snider
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kramer Champlin, RHP Scott Richmond, SS Jonathon Berti, OF Michael Crouse
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Carlos Pina
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike MacDonald, RHP Ben White, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, 2B Jayson Nix

Washington Nationals
Acquired:
C Miguel Perez from Pirates for cash considerations
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Sammy Solis, C Devin Ivany, OF Justin Bloxom, OF J.R. Higley, OF J.P. Ramirez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ben Graham, RHP Trevor Holder, LHP Tom Milone, LHP Blake Monar, 2B Khayyan Norfork, OF Archie Gilbert

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