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Minor League Transactions: Jan. 11-17

Players listed with an asterisk (*) re-signed on a minor league deal with the same organization following a removal from the 40-man roster.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Winston Abreu, LHP Will Startup (re-signed), C Zach Booker (re-signed), 2B Travis Adair, 2B Tom DiBenedetto, 2B Peter Fatse (Pittsfield (Can-Am)), OF Edgardo Baez

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Aaron Cook, RHP Justin Germano (Samsung (Korea))

The Red Sox signed both Justin Germano and Doug Mathis from Korea's Samsung Lions this offseason. Germano put up a 2.78 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 45 1/3 innings, while Mathis finished with a 2.52 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 64 1/3 innings.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
C Mario Mercedes (re-signed), 2B Alfredo Amezaga

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Henry Mabee (Calgary (North American)), C Damaso Espino

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Ryne Reynoso (Gary (American Assoc.)), LHP Ron Mahay, LHP Clay Zavada, C Dioner Navarro, 1B Joel Guzman (Chunichi (Japan))
Released: RHP Kyle McCulloch

The Reds already have significant lefty presence in their bullpen—Sean Marshall, Bill Bray and possibly Aroldis Chapman—so Ron Mahay and Clay Zavada could be vying for third lefty honors.

Former Dodgers top prospect Joel Guzman touched down in the Rays, Nationals and Orioles organizations prior to playing in Japan last year. He led the Eastern League with 33 homers in ’10, but didn't fare nearly so well in Nippon Professional Baseball, batting .181/.219/.298 with seven homers and a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 9-to-81 in 238 at-bats.

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Chris Ray, RHP Hector Rondon*, LHP Chris Seddon, SS Gregorio Petit

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Carlos Torres (Yomiuri (Japan)), C Chase Weems (Rockland (Can-Am))

Carlos Torres turned in a career year with Triple-A Charlotte of the White Sox organization in ’09, going 10-4, 2.39 with 130 strikeouts in 128 innings. He's used a varied pitch mix to put up a 3.07 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 308 Triple-A innings, but he didn't replicate that success in Japan. Torres went 1-2, 6.26 in six starts for Yomiuri, striking out 19 and walking 11 in 27 1/3 innings.

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP James Avery, SS Niuman Romero

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
OF Chris Pettit

Chris Pettit broke out with Triple-A Salt Lake in ’09, batting .321/.383/.482 in 371 at-bats, but he lost the ’10 season after having shoulder surgery. He endured a gruesome injury in a home-plate collision in the ’09 Dominican League and really hasn't been the same since.

Miami Marlins
Signed:
3B Terry Tiffee, OF Ryan Patterson (St. Paul (American Assoc.))
Released: RHP Blake Brewer, RHP Tommy Peale, RHP Scott Rembisz, RHP Wilfredo Rojas, RHP Holden Sprague, RHP Tyler Topp, LHP Stephen Richards, C Eddie Rodriguez, 3B Mayobanex Soto

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Seth McClung

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Brad Thompson, SS Pedro Florimon*

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Miguel Batista (re-signed), RHP Fernando Cabrera, SS Sean Kazmar
Released: LHP Casey Fossum, 2B Donnie Tabb
Removed from 40-man: LHP Danny Ray Herrera (outrighted to Triple-A)

The Mets continue to stockpile relief and middle-infield depth with recent signings. Fernando Cabrera joins Jeff Stevens and lefties Garrett Olson and Chuck James. Any or all of them could see big league time given that the Mets' most accomplished relievers are Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez. Triple-A shortstop Sean Kazmar joins Omar Quintanilla and Ronny Cedeno (major league deal) as alternatives to Ruben Tejada, should he falter.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
C Landon Powell*

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Dave Bush (re-signed)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
LHP Jo-Jo Reyes

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
C Koyie Hill

San Diego Padres
Signed:
LHP Juan Marcano
Released: RHP Rafael Arias, RHP Aaron Breit, RHP Stephen Faris, RHP Josh Worrell, 2B Chris Tremblay, OF Oscar Garcia, OF Wande Olabisi

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Max Krakowiak, RHP Keli'i Zablan, LHP Ben Whitmore

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Romulo Sanchez (Rakuten (Japan)), 2B Will Rhymes, OF Jesus Feliciano
Removed from 40-man: C Nevin Ashley (outrighted to Triple-A)

Lefthanded batters Jesus Feliciano and Will Rhymes have long track records of making contact and hitting for average at Triple-A, making them either quality regulars for Durham or quality fill-ins at the major league level. Feliciano batted .306/.356/.382 in 2,066 at-bats for Mets Triple-A affiliates in New Orleans and Buffalo, while playing mostly center field. A second baseman, Rhymes batted .290/.357/.386 in 1,198 at-bats for Toledo.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Jesse Chavez*, RHP Jim Hoey*

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx

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