Minor League Transactions: Jan. 1-8

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 1-8.

Atlanta Braves
Released:
RHP Jorge Montenegro, RHP Magdiel Avendano, OF Hector Garcia

Baltimore Orioles
Released:
2B Paco Figueroa

Chicago Cubs
Released:
OF Garrett Schlecht

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Scott Carroll (re-signed), 1B Christian Marrero
Released: RHP Cal Bowling, RHP David Haselden, RHP J.R. Ballinger, RHP James Hudelson, RHP Jason Van Skike, RHP Jeremy Erben, LHP Max Peterson, LHP Todd Kibby

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Bob Keppel (Nippon-Ham (Japan)), RHP Sean Black (released by Yankees, Dec. 13)

A supplemental first-round pick in 2000, Bob Keppel logged 49 big league appearances with the Royals, Rockies and Twins before migrating to Japan in 2010 and spending four seasons with Nippon-Ham. The 31-year-old went 28-20, 3.67 over 61 starts in NPB, proving to be particularly effective his first two years with the Fighters (3.28 ERA in 321 innings).

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Kyle Blair, RHP Michael Goodnight, RHP Owen Dew, RHP Rafael Homblert, 1B Manuel Boscan, OF Victor De Jesus

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Richard Castillo

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
OF Trevor Crowe
Released: OF D.J. Driggers

D.J. Driggers received a 50-game suspension on Jan. 9 following his second positive test for recreational drugs.

Houston Astros
Released:
RHP Christian Garcia, RHP Javier Lozano, 1B Mike Martinez, OF Javaris Reynolds

Mike Martinez blasted 11 homers for short-season Tri-City last season before drawing a 50-games suspension for amphetamine use.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
C Ramon Hernandez (released by Blue Jays, July 7), 2B Jason Donald

Los Angels Angels
Signed:
LHP Justin Thomas (Nippon-Ham (Japan))
Released: LHP Francisco Santana, C Carlos Ramirez, OF Glenn Beltran

One of the rare players to draw a 100-game suspension, Carlos Ramirez rang in the new year with news of his third career positive test for recreational drugs.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
RHP Ricardo Perez, C Dimitri de la Fuente, 1B Jake Chaplin

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Rob Waite (re-signed), LHP Alexander Carreras (released by D-backs, July 5)
Acquired: SS Hiram Martinez from Athletics for cash considerations

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP R.J. Seidel (re-signed)
Released: RHP Nick Bucci

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
2B Eric Farris (re-signed)

New York Mets
Signed:
C Taylor Teagarden

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Robert Coello

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Manaurys Correa
Traded: SS Hiram Martinez to Marlins for cash considerations

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Elvin Ramirez, RHP Kyle McPherson (non-tendered by Pirates), LHP Adam Wilk (NC Dinos (Korea)), LHP Daniel Schlereth, 2B Michael Martinez, OF Chris Dickerson

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Willy Paulino

San Diego Padres
Signed:
LHP Zach Braddock (Lancaster (Atlantic)), 3B Brooks Conrad (Hanshin (Japan))
Removed from 40-man: RHP Adys Portillo (outrighted to Double-A)

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
SS Ray Olmedo

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Ryan Tatusko (re-signed), LHP Tyler Robertson (re-signed), 2B Taylor Wrenn