Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.
Signed: RHP Ryan Quigley (Joliet (Frontier)), OF Chris Valencia (Brockton (Can-Am))
Released: RHP Kevin Mulvey, RHP Andrew Wolcott
Not to be confused with the lefthanded Ryan Quigley who pitched in the Athletics organization from ’09 to ’11, this Ryan Quigley set the Frontier League's saves record last season with 28 while also striking out 72 batters in 42 2/3 innings. He went undrafted out of Chicago's St. Xavier University in ’07 and logged five years in the Frontier League before getting noticed by the Diamondbacks. Quigley has an average fastball and breaking ball, and he could provide solid organization depth.
Arizona made a second foray into independent ball with the signing of speedy center fielder Chris Valencia from the Can-Am League. The 24-year-old batted .342/.379/.500 in 386 at-bats for Brockton last season, collecting five homers, 38 doubles-plus-triples and 41 steals. Scouts assess his speed, range and arm as average-to-slightly-above tools. Valencia played college ball at NAIA Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College, signing on with Brockton in April ’09.
Released: LHP Amilcar Gaxiola
Signed: RHP Bobby Wilkins (Kalamazoo (Frontier)), RHP Josh Worrell, LHP Yi-Hsiang Lin, C Bobby Dombrowski (Florence (Frontier)), C Josh N. Johnson (Road Warriors (Atlantic))
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Scott Atchison*
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rich Hill
Correspondent Alex Speier reports that Rich Hill had an opt-out clause in his contract that forced the Red Sox to add him to 40-man roster or risk losing him to another club. He's recovering from Tommy John surgery he had last June.
Signed: RHP Rodrigo Lopez (re-signed), LHP Nate Robertson
Released: C Carlos Romero
Signed: 2B Cristian Guzman
Signed: LHP Royce Ring, C Drew Beuerlein
Released: RHP Aaron Weatherford
An ’08 third-rounder from Mississippi State, Aaron Weatherford missed each of the last two seasons to injury.
Signed: 2B Marcus Lemon
Released: LHP Rayni Guichardo, OF Deik Scram
Signed: LHP Zach Duke
Kansas City Royals
Released: 3B Yunior Figueroa
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Jason Isringhausen, RHP Juan Rincon (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Rick Bauer (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Signed: OF Jay Gibbons
Signed: OF Ryde Rodriguez (Rockland (Can-Am))
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Alex Smith
Released: OF Burt Reynolds
Removed from 40-man: OF Chris Dickerson (outrighted to Triple-A)
University of New Haven (Conn.) product Alex Smith signed with the Frontier League's River City club in February, prior to the Yankees purchasing his contract. According to one source, Smith has arm strength but not a lot of polish or secondary stuff at this stage.
Signed: OF Manny Ramirez
Signed: C Miguel Perez
Released: C Adam Melhuse
This is the same Adam Melhuse who played in the big leagues from 2000 through ’08. The Pirates placed him on the voluntarily retired list on June 16, 2009, when he played for Triple-A Indianapolis.
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Ramon Ortiz, LHP Travis Blackley, OF Justin Christian*
Signed: OF Mike Wilson*
Released: 1B Matt Leeds
Signed: RHP Mike Schultz (Hiroshima (Japan))
Mike Schultz pitched exactly one inning for the ’07 Diamondbacks for his only big league time, but he moved on to author a productive four-year career in Japan. The 32-year-old made 158 relief appearances for Hiroshima, notching a 1.23 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings.