Minor League Transactions: Feb. 6-12

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Feb. 6-12.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Juan Morillo (EDA Rhinos (Taiwan)), LHP Steve Garrison, 1B Matt LaPorta, 1B Henry Wrigley

Chicago White Sox
Released:
SS Jairo Kelly
Removed from 40-man: RHP Deunte Heath (outrighted to Triple-A)

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Pat Egan, OF Roger Bernadina

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Kyle Davies

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
1B Joe Maloney (released by Rangers, Jan. 14)

Houston Astros
Removed from 40-man:
1B Brett Wallace (outrighted to Triple-A)

Kansas City Royals
Removed from 40-man: LHP Everett Teaford (outrighted to Triple-A)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Luis Chirinos (Lincoln (American Association)), 2B Justin Turner (non-tendered by Mets)

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Chaz Roe (elected free agency from Rangers)

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
LHP Kevin James (did not play in 2013)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Donovan Hand (outrighted to Triple-A)

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Matt Guerrier (Article XX-B free agent), RHP Todd Van Steensel (did not play in 2013), 1B Brad Nelson

A native of Sydney, Australia, Todd Van Steensel pitched for the Twins’ Rookie-level Elizabethton affiliate in 2011 before being released that offseason. He pitched for Kinheim in the Dutch major league in 2012 and has participated in the Australian Baseball League each of the past four winters, and now the 23-year-old Van Steensel is ready for another shot at affiliated ball after working 18 innings in the ABL this offseason.

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Jose Valverde (released by Tigers, Aug. 7), 1B Chris Garcia (released by Braves, July 2)

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Chad Gaudin (Article XX-B free agent)

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
RHP Pat Neshek

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Josh Geer (re-signed), RHP Rob Johnson, LHP Tony Sipp

Save for two relief appearances in the majors, Rob Johnson had spent his entire pro career as a catcher, logging a combined 265 games for the Mariners, Padres, Mets and Cardinals and batting .200/.275/.295. Now he’ll try to make a Padres affiliate as a relief pitcher, with his most recent mound work coming for St. Louis last Aug. 7 with a four-pitch strikeout to end a blowout loss to the Dodgers.

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Richard White

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Jose Zerpa
Released: C Chad Nacapoy

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Jason Knapp (did not play in 2013)

Once a highly-regarded pitching prospect in the Phillies system before shoulder trouble derailed his career, Jason Knapp served as a headlining prospect acquisition for the Indians when they dealt Cliff Lee to Philadelphia in July 2009. (Cleveland also received Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson in that deal.) Knapp spent all of 2011 and 2012 on the shelf and then did not play in 2013 following his release from the Indians. He made a total of 13 appearances in four years following the trade, but the 6-foot-5 righty with the best fastball in the 2009 South Atlantic League has serious value to reclaim—if he’s healthy.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
C Yusuf Carter (Bridgeport (Atlantic)), OF Ryan Scoma (Winnipeg (American Association))

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Luis Ayala