Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 23-29.
Signed: RHP Derek Cape (NDFA—Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)), RHP Cesar Carrillo (Sugar Land (Atlantic)), RHP Johnny Omahen (Traverse City (Frontier)), SS Gerard Hall (Schaumburg (Frontier))
One of the more active clubs when it comes to scouting and signing players from independent leagues, the Diamondbacks this time sign three with prior experience in affiliated ball. Among the three is 2005 first-round pick Cesar Carrillo, who probably is most famous for being the tip of the Biogenesis iceberg when Major League Baseball suspended him for 100 games last March.
Gerard Hall signed with the Royals in 2009 as a nondrafted free agent out of Old Dominion. He made it to the high Class A Carolina League in 2011 but spent the past two seasons manning shortstop for Schaumburg in the Frontier League, batting .273/.331/.441 with 10 homers in 91 games last year.
Johnny Omahen, a Marlins 35th-round pick from Cal State San Marcos in 2011, pitched in relief at low Class A Greensboro in 2012. Released at the end of spring training last year, he latched on with Traverse City and went 8-9, 3.37 in 21 appearances (19 starts), striking out 6.1 batters per nine innings and allowing just two homers in 115 frames.
Signed: RHP Eric Beaulac (re-signed), LHP Aaron Laffey, 1B Scott Savastano (released by Mariners, Jan. 23), 1B Chad Tracy (York (Atlantic)), OF Quintin Berry
Boston Red Sox
Signed: 2B Ryan Dent (re-signed), OF Scott Cousins
Released: OF Cody Koback
Signed: RHP Chang-Yong Lim (non-tendered by Cubs)
Signed: RHP Edgar Gonzalez, C Bryan Anderson, 2B Jamodrick McGruder (released by Mariners, Jan. 23), 3B Chris Nelson (non-tendered by Angels)
Signed: RHP David Aardsma, LHP Ramon Tineo, C Luke Carlin, 1B Ronnys Mora, SS Elliot Johnson (non-tendered by Braves), SS Hazzent Torrealba
Signed: RHP Mike McClendon (re-signed), LHP Evan DeLuca (Windy City (Frontier)), SS Niuman Romero
Released: RHP Angel Reyes
Signed: SS Cesar Izturis (Article XX-B free agent), SS Gregorio Petit
The Astros will have multiple fallback options if sophomore shortstop Jonathan Villar is not ready to assume the everyday job. Utility type Marwin Gonzalez is on the 40-man roster, while veterans Cesar Izturis and Gregorio Petit received invites to big league camp.
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Jon Rauch (released by Orioles, July 3)
Released: LHP Glenn Gibson
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: 3B Ian Stewart (released by Dodgers, Aug. 12)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: 1B Aaron Bates (Sugar Land (Atlantic)), 3B Chone Figgins (did not play in 2013)
Signed: 1B Ty Wigginton (released by Cardinals, July 9), SS Josh Rodriguez
Signed: 2B Pete Orr, 2B Joe Thurston (Lancaster (Atlantic)), OF Jeremy Hermida
Signed: RHP Dan Turpen (re-signed)
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Chris Leroux (Yakult (Japan))
Removed from 40-man: OF Corey Brown (outrighted to Triple-A)
Signed: RHP Barry Enright, OF Hilton Richardson (did not play in 2012-13)
Signed: RHP Jen-Lei Liao, LHP Matt Ford (hasn’t played since 2008), C Mitch Slauter (NDFA—Mississippi State), C Mike Spano (NDFA—Florida Atlantic), SS Blake Davis
San Diego Padres
Signed: OF Xavier Nady
Released: RHP Greg Gonzalez, RHP Ryan Quigley, LHP Drew Harrelson, 2B Travis Whitmore, OF Wynton Bernard, OF Justin Miller
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Mike Broadway, SS Skyler Stromsmoe (re-signed)
Released: RHP Marvin Barrios, RHP Miguel Ferrer, RHP Juan Nova, C Ryan Honeycutt, 2B Jean Delgado, 3B Sam Eberle
Signed: RHP Scott Baker (Article XX-B free agent), RHP Mark Rogers, LHP Joe Beimel, OF Endy Chavez (re-signed)
Released: RHP Jandy Sena, RHP Luke Taylor, LHP Rusty Shellhorn, 1B Dan Howell, 1B Scott Savastano, 2B Dillon Hazlett, 2B Jamodrick McGruder
A testament both to his talent and proneness to serious injury, Mark Rogers appeared in eight of the nine Prospect Handbooks published between 2005 and 2013, twice peaking at No. 2 in the Brewers system. He endured another lost year in 2013 as he battled a right shoulder injury, and Milwaukee outrighted him to Triple-A in August. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik originally drafted Rogers with the fifth overall pick in 2004 as scouting director for the Brewers. Rogers’ selection was sandwiched between a number of Brewers smash hits in the first round of the draft, including Prince Fielder (2002), Rickie Weeks (2003) and Ryan Braun (2005).
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Juan Sandoval (re-signed), OF Jeremy Moore
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: SS Munenori Kawasaki (Article XX-B free agent who re-signed)
Signed: RHP Juan Bermudez, RHP Warner Madrigal (Chunichi (Japan)), OF Luis Ignacio Perdomo