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Minor League Transactions: Jan. 4-10

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

Atlanta Braves
Released:
RHP Willie Kempf, RHP Robert Roth, 3B Nick Popescu, OF Trent Baker

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Francis Beltran, RHP Willie Eyre (re-signed), RHP Ross Wolf, C Allan de San Miguel

The Orioles non-tendered Willie Eyre in December, but they brought him back on a minor league deal to provide bullpen depth at Triple-A, much like Francis Beltran and Ross Wolf as well as Jon Link and Kyler Newby from earlier this month.

Boston Red Sox
Acquired:
2B Brad Emaus from Rockies for cash considerations

Brad Emaus did not play after June 30 last year because of a thumb injury, but he batted .313/.389/.564 in 163 at-bats for Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to that. He still has two seasons before he qualifies for minor league free agency.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
C Juan Apodaca
Released: RHP Jhon Rodriguez
Traded: RHP Andrew Cashner and OF Kyung-Min Na to Padres for 1B Anthony Rizzo and RHP Zach Cates

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
C Hector Gimenez

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Jean Duque, RHP Tim Gustafson (re-signed), RHP John Holdzkom, C Rafael Vera

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Robinson Tejeda, 3B Andy LaRoche, SS Chin-Lung Hu

Colorado Rockies
Released:
RHP Rhett Ballard, RHP Alan DeRatt, 2B Erik Wetzel, 3B Dom Altobelli, 3B Jeff Squier
Traded: RHP Greg Reynolds to Rangers for 1B Chad Tracy
Traded: 2B Brad Emaus to Red Sox for cash considerations

A Rangers third-round pick out of Pepperdine in ’06, Chad Tracy is the son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy. He cranked 26 homers and drove in 109 runs (to tie for the Pacific Coast League lead) last year for Triple-A Round Rock, and his power numbers could jump with the move to Colorado Springs. A righthanded hitter who's limited mostly to first base, Tracy is a .260/.342/.485 hitter over 926 Triple-A plate appearances, so he's probably a depth acquisition by Colorado. His clearest path to playing time in Denver would be an injury to Jason Giambi.

Detroit Tigers
Released:
RHP Emmanuel Del Orbe, RHP Clemente Mendoza, 2B Alexander Nunez, OF Alexander Moreno

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Hector Corpas, SS Brian Bixler*

Released by the Cardinals in December, Hector Corpas rejoins Jeff Luhnow and other former St. Louis executives in the Astros' remade front office. Corpas signed out of Panama in ’07 [Note: incorrectly listed as Venezuela in earlier editions] and advanced to low Class A in the Cardinals system.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
1B Jorge Cantu, OF Doug Deeds, OF Drew Macias

Miami Marlins
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Elih Villanueva (outrighted to Triple-A)

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
C Kevin Moscatel, C Paul Phillips, 3B Brooks Conrad

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
SS Pedro Florimon*

New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Hideki Okajima, OF Preston Mattingly

Oakland Athletics
Released:
C Abraham De Leon
Removed from 40-man: C Landon Powell (outrighted to Triple-A)

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Nate Bump (re-signed), RHP Jesus Morales

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Logan Kensing, 1B Jeff Clement (re-signed)

San Diego Padres
Signed:
OF Yordany Ramirez
Released: RHP Stiven Osuna
Traded: 1B Anthony Rizzo and RHP Zach Cates to Cubs for RHP Andrew Cashner and OF Kyung-Min Na

The Padres originally signed Yordany Ramirez out of the Dominican in ’01, but despite tremendous defensive range and arm strength he never hit enough to receive more than cursory looks above high Class A. The Astros signed him as a minor league free agent for the ’08 season but converted him to a reliever in ’10 after consecutive .636 and .656 OPS campaigns in Triple-A. Houston released him last July after 38 innings yielded a 9.56 ERA and 2.23 WHIP. The Padres signed him to supply outfield depth.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Aaron Heilman, 1B Luis A. Jimenez (re-signed)

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Richard de los Santos (re-signed)

Texas Rangers
Signed:
1B Brad Nelson (re-signed)
Released: LHP Kevin Johnson, 2B Erik Morrison
Traded: 1B Chad Tracy to Rockies for RHP Greg Reynolds
Reinstated from DL: 2B Erik Morrison

In an ’06 draft class deep in college starters, the Rockies passed on Brad Lincoln (No. 4 pick), Brandon Morrow (No. 5), Andrew Miller (No. 6), Tim Lincecuem (No. 10) and Max Scherzer (No. 11) to take the physical, groundball-oriented Greg Reynolds out of Stanford with the second overall pick. With the benefit of hindsight, we see that Morrow, Lincecum and Scherzer would have yielded more value than Reynolds. However, Lincoln and Miller also have struggled to establish big league careers—though both are on 40-man rosters, which Reynolds can no longer say after being outrighted in October.

Reynolds shot to Double-A in ’07 and pitched effectively (1.42 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, near 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio), but he had rotator-cuff surgery in August and really hasn't been the same pitcher since. Colorado gave him two looks in the big leagues—7.47 ERA over 94 innings in ’08 and ’11—but for the most part Reynolds either has toiled in Triple-A (5.99 ERA over 177 innings) or has been on the disabled list with arm problems. The Rockies exhausted every option (literally—Reynolds is out of minor league options) but could not recoup value on the big righthander. Used as a reliever in September he logged 8 1/3 innings and struck out six but also gave up 12 hits, five runs and two walks.

Reynolds throws his sinker in the 88-91 mph range and also throws a fringy cutter, changeup and curve. He becomes a minor league free agent in November if he's not on some team's 40-man roster.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Vince Bongiovanni (re-signed), LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Ricardo Nanita (re-signed)

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Jimmy Barthmaier (re-signed), C Devin Ivany (re-signed), C James Skelton
Released: RHP Mark Herrera, RHP Manuel Rivera, LHP Chad Jenkins, C Wilfri Pena, 1B Russ Moldenhauer, 2B Roberto Perez, OF Chad Mozingo, OF Wander Nunez, OF Connor Rowe

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