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Minor League Transactions: Jan. 9-15

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 9-15.

Three players who signed minor league deals in this installment—Zach Duke, Jeff Francis and Delmon Young—are Article XX(B) major league free agents. As such, they receive two automatic contract clauses, which you can read about in the intro to our major league free agent listing.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
SS Tommy Manzella (released by White Sox, Aug. 30)

Atlanta Braves
Released:
OF Isael Henriquez

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Zach Clark (re-signed), RHP Eddie Gamboa (non-tendered by Orioles), RHP Luis Vizcaino (Yucatan (Mexican)), 2B Brock Bond, OF Delmon Young (Article XX-B free agent)

Though 39-year-old reliever Luis Vizcaino hasn’t appeared in the majors since making 11 appearances for the 2009 Indians, he has remained active in the Dominican League (pitching for Cibao in 2010 and 2012) and in the Mexican League, where he ranked third with 25 saves in 2013.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Dylan Axelrod (non-tendered by White Sox), OF Eric Patterson (released by Brewers, Sept. 26)
Released: RHP Jairo Asencio

The White Sox released Jairo Asencio so that he can sign with Kia in Korea, where he could be teammates with fellow foreigners Brett Pill and D.J. Houlton.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
LHP Jeff Francis (Article XX-B free agent), 2B John Tolisano, OF Thomas Neal

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Scott Atchison (non-tendered by Mets), RHP Danny Carela (released by Phillies, July 28), SS Audy Ciriaco, SS Miguel Eladio, OF Jeff Francoeur (released by Giants, Aug. 24)

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
C Allan de San Miguel, OF Evan Frey

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
C Luis Exposito, 3B Kevin Russo (re-signed)

Houston Astros
Outrighted to Mexican League:
LHP Carlos Vazquez (Mexico City)

The Astros acquired Carlos Vazquez from the Mets in December, selecting him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Anderson Montilla
Released: LHP John Wiedenbauer

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
3B Josh Bell

The Dodgers released Josh Bell so that he can sign with the LG Twins in Korea, where he could be teammates with fellow foreigners Radhames Liz and Cory Riordan.

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Henry Rodriguez, C Jose Ceballos (re-signed), 3B Taylor Terrasas (released by Reds, Oct. 3), OF Kevin Grove (NDFA—St. John’s)

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Michael Olmsted (re-signed following outright assignment), LHP Zach Duke (Article XX-B free agent), LHP Brad Mills (Orix (Japan)), 2B Liu Rodriguez (Godo (Italy)), OF Greg Golson, OF Riley Kjeldgaard (re-signed)

The Liu Rodriguez signed by the Brewers is the same one whom the White Sox signed out of Venezuela in 1995 and whom reached the majors for 39 games as a utility infielder in 1999. Since qualifying for minor league free agency after the 2001 season, Rodriguez has played in professional leagues the world over, including the Mexican League (2002, 2004-05), the independent Atlantic and Golden leagues and the Italian Baseball League, where he played last year (and also in 2003).

Now 37 years old, Rodriguez has spent the bulk of his time since 2006 playing in the Atlantic League, mostly with York, batting .292/.356/.382 in more than 1,800 trips to the plate in indy ball.

Brewerfan.net indicates that Rodriguez will serve in a coaching capacity for the Rookie-level Arizona League club.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
OF Darin Mastroianni (re-signed following outright assignment)

New York Mets
Signed:
2B Jairo Perez (Kansas City (American Association))

New York Yankees
Signed:
2B Scott Sizemore, 2B Yangervis Solarte

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Leudis Benzant, RHP Jose Castillo, LHP Kevin Rodriguez

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
2B Jim Negrych

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Blaine Boyer (released by Royals, May 16)
Released: RHP Jairo Gomez, RHP Ivan Marcano, SS Cristhofer Martinez

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Juan Gutierrez (non-tendered by Angels), LHP Dontrelle Willis
Released: RHP Caleb Clay

The Giants released Caleb Clay so that he can sign with the Hanwha in Korea, where he could be teammates with fellow foreigner Felix Pie.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Moises Hernandez (re-signed), RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Ramon Ramirez (released by Rays, July 31), C Humberto Quintero (re-signed)

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
LHP Jordan Norberto (released by Athletics, May 8), C Eddy Rodriguez, 2B Jayson Nix (non-tendered by Yankees), OF Justin Christian
Removed from 40-man: OF Jerry Sands (outrighted to Triple-A)

Despite not being under contract with a club last August, Jordan Norberto nevertheless received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his association with the Biogenesis clinic. The 27-year-old lefty reliever must serve the entirety of that suspension before he can suit up for a Rays affiliate.

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Justin Germano, OF Bryan Petersen
Released: RHP Richard Alvarez, RHP Alex de la Cruz, RHP Taylor Dennis, RHP John Kukuruda, RHP Santo Perez, LHP Joe Burns, C Joe Maloney, 1B Barrett Serrato, 2B Willy Ireton, 2B Cam Schiller, SS Gabriel Roa, OF Brandon Garcia

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Hansel Rodriguez

Washington Nationals
Signed:
2B Jamey Carroll, 2B Mike Fontenot, OF Joe Dunigan
Released: RHP Mike Boyden, RHP Ben Grisz, LHP Michael Mudron, 2B Matt Foat