Minor League Transactions: July 10-18

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period July 10-18.

Any player listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.

Please see the Baseball America Draft Database for much more detailed information on draft picks, including scouting reports (for subscribers) and select signing bonuses.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Chase Brewer (NDFA—UCLA)
Released: LHP Taylor Sinclair, OF Alan Santiago
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Pat Corbin
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Smith

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Mike Lee (Rockford (Frontier)), 3B Terry Tiffee (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Draft pick signed: RHP Matt Kimbrel (31)
Released: LHP Chad Rodgers, LHP Matt Talley, SS Greg Paiml
Recalled: C J.C. Boscan, SS Tyler Pastornicky
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Ben Sheets
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Randall Delgado, C J.C. Boscan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dave Filak, RHP Cory Gearrin, LHP Chris Masters, 2B Tommy La Stella
Reinstated from DL: RHP Peter Moylan, LHP Chad Rodgers, C Chad Comer, SS Fernando de los Santos

The Braves came to terms with 31st-round righty Matt Kimbrel the day before the signing deadline, one year after failing to sign him as a 32nd-rounder out of Shelton State (Ala.) CC. He's the younger brother of Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who like Matt also attended community college in Alabama. Craig signed with Atlanta as a third-rounder in ’08 out of Wallace State (Ala.) CC.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Jesse Fernandez (NDFA—Marshall)
Draft picks signed: RHP Kevin Gausman (1), RHP Branden Kline (2), OF Derrick Bleeker (37), OF Ray Hunnicutt (40)
Released: LHP J.C. Romero, 1B Doug Bream, OF Roberto Ortiz, OF Kipp Schutz
Recalled: RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Chris Tillman, LHP Zach Britton
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brad Bergesen, RHP Miguel Socolovich
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Miguel Socolovich, OF Xavier Avery
Removed from 40-man: LHP Dana Eveland, C Ronny Paulino (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bobby Bundy, C Scott Thomas, 2B Bill Hall, SS Michael Rooney
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike Wright, C Luis Exposito, C Chris Robinson, 1B Tyler Townsend, SS Michael Rooney, OF Kipp Schutz

Righty reliever Miguel Socolovich logged a perfect inning for Norfolk in the Triple-A all-star game, fanning two batters on swinging strikes, one with a changeup and one with a breaking ball. Baltimore rewarded him with his first big league callup right after the break, though Socolovich allowed five hits, two walks and four runs in four innings.

Boston Red Sox
Draft picks signed:
RHP Willie Ethington (17), RHP Stephen Williams (16), OF Brandon Magee (23)
Released: RHP Chorye Spoone, LHP Pedro Reyes, 2B Jason Thompson
Recalled: RHP Junichi Tazawa
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Mauro Gomez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jadd Schmeltzer, OF Matty Johnson, OF Jesus Loya
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Williams Jerez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike MacDonald, SS Jose Vinicio, OF Felix Sanchez

Chicago Cubs
Draft picks signed:
RHP Duane Underwood (2), OF Albert Almora (1)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kenny Socorro, RHP Randy Wells, RHP Tony York, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Matt Spencer, SS Arismendy Alcantara
Reinstated from DL: RHP Justin Berg, RHP Corbin Hoffner, C Rafael Lopez, OF Rashad Crawford

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Scott Carroll (released by Reds)
Draft pick signed: LHP Jordan Guerrero (15)
Recalled: RHP Jhan Marinez, LHP Pedro Hernandez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jhan Marinez
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Mark Haddow
Reinstated from DL: RHP Simon Castro, RHP Nestor Molina

The White Sox acquired both Jhan Marinez (Ozzie Guillen deal with Marlins) and Pedro Hernandez (Carlos Quentin deal with Padres) in offseason trades.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
OF Xavier Paul (released by Nationals)
Draft picks signed: C Jose Ortiz (17), SS Zach Vincej (37), OF Adam Matthews (29)
Released: C Ponciano Flores
Recalled: RHP Todd Redmond
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Todd Redmond
Option transferred: 1B Donald Lutz (high Class A to Double-A), SS Didi Gregorius (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Michael Griffin, C Brian Peacock, SS Kris Negron, OF Spencer Dickinson, OF Yordanys Perez
Reinstated from DL: 2B Chris Valaika, SS Junior Arias, OF Willie Harris, OF Felix Perez

Cleveland Indians
Draft picks signed:
RHP D.J. Brown (39), RHP Caleb Hamrick (8), RHP Benny Suarez (36), RHP Walker White (24), OF D'vone McClure (4), OF Logan Vick (11)
Released: 2B Nick Bartolone, OF Jordan Casas, OF Trevor Crowe
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP D.J. Brown, RHP Jeff Johnson, C Patric Tolentino, 1B Jeremie Tice
Reinstated from DL: OF Jordan Casas

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Ricky Brooks (Camden (Atlantic)), RHP Michael Solbach (Somerset (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Eric Federico, RHP Dustin Molleken, LHP Josh Hungerman
Recalled: 2B D.J. LeMahieu
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Tyler Chatwood
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mike Ekstrom, SS Josh Rutledge, OF Andrew Brown
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alex Gillingham, RHP Rafael Suarez

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
1B Danny Dorn (released by Reds)
Draft pick signed: LHP Logan Ehlers (20)
Released: RHP Jake Sabol, 1B Ryan Strieby
Recalled: RHP Luis Marte, RHP Jacob Turner, SS Danny Worth
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luis Marte
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Andy Oliver, SS Cale Iorg
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Miner, C Luis Sanz

Tigers ’06 fourth-rounder Ryan Strieby belted 29 home runs in the ’08 Florida State League, a total that missed the league's all-time record by a mere four longballs.

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Gera Sanchez (NDFA—New Mexico), OF Edwin Gomez (released by Tigers)
Draft pick signed: OF Preston Tucker (7)
Released: RHP Brian Streilein, LHP Zack Hardoin, 2B Josh Magee, OF Kelvin Vizcaino
Added to 40-man roster: C Carlos Corporan
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Jonathan Villar
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jarred Cosart, OF Jay Austin

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
OF Mitch Maier*
Released: RHP Chase Hentges, RHP Christian Witt, C Ryan Eigsti, C Edul Escobar
Recalled: RHP Vin Mazzaro, LHP Ryan Verdugo
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jason Bourgeois
Optioned to Double-A: C Manny Pina
Removed from 40-man: OF Mitch Maier (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Patrick Keating, C Cody Clark, C Ryan Jenkins
Reinstated from DL: RHP Yeliar Castro, RHP Mike Giovenco

The Royals designated lefty Jonathan Sanchez for assignment (not reflected here) after he logged a 7.76 ERA and 2.04 WHIP through 12 stats, but Kansas City may salvage some small degree of value in the offseason trade that sent all-star Melky Cabrera to the Giants. That potential value is tied up in lefty Ryan Verdugo, who pitched a scoreless inning at the Triple-A all-star game and earned a post-break callup. While that visit to Kansas City didn't go well at all (six runs in 1 2/3 innings), the 25-year-old Verdugo has held Triple-A opponents to a .211 average, tops in the Pacific Coast League, while also providing a tough look for lefties, who have gone 18-for-96 (.188) against him.

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
OF Trevor Crowe (released by Indians)
Draft pick signed: RHP Yency Almonte (17)
Recalled: RHP Garrett Richards, OF Kole Calhoun
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Brad Mills, SS Andrew Romine
Placed on 7-day DL: C Carlos Lugo, OF Doug Deeds, OF Gary Mitchell
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cam Bedrosian, C Jett Bandy

Los Angeles Dodgers
Draft picks signed:
RHP Jharel Cotton (20), OF Josh Henderson (16)
Recalled: RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Josh Wall
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Elian Herrera, OF Scott Van Slyke
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ralston Cash, C Steve Cilladi, C Chris O'Brien, C J.T. Wise, SS Joe Becker, SS Delvis Morales, OF Tyler Henson, OF Brahiam Maldonado
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Shelton, LHP Greg Wilborn, C Steve Cilladi, C Andrew Edge, 2B Travis Denker, OF Anthony Jackson

Miami Marlins
Signed:
C Humberto Quintero (released by Royals)
Draft picks signed: LHP Andrew Heaney (1), 3B Avery Romero (3)
Released: RHP Chris Shafer
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Webb
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Logan, RHP Alan Oaks, C Cole Armstrong, C Clint Sammons, 1B Carlos Duran, OF Cody Keefer, OF Ryan McIntyre
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kevin Cravey, LHP Jose Alvarez, LHP Graham Taylor, C Austin Barnes, SS Terrence Dayleg

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
LHP Victor Garate, OF Scott Krieger
Recalled: RHP Tyler Thornburg
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jeff Bianchi
Removed from 40-man: RHP Tim Dillard (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Parker Berberet
Reinstated from DL: C Brent Dean, C Tyler Roberts, OF Scott Krieger

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
LHP Lewis Thorpe
Draft picks signed: RHP Carson Goldsmith (28), RHP Travis Huber (23), LHP Andrew Ferreira (32), LHP Andre Martinez (6), OF Zach Larson (20)
Released: RHP Brett Jacobson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kyle Waldrop
Option transferred: OF Joe Benson (high Class A to Double-A), OF Rene Tosoni (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adrian Salcedo, C J.R. Towles, 2B Adam Bryant, 2B Michael Hollimon
Transferred to 60-day DL: OF Jake Proctor
Reinstated from DL: RHP Lester Oliveros, OF Rene Tosoni

The Twins agreed to terms with 16-year-old lefty Lewis Thorpe, whom some teams considered the top prospect available from Australia for this year's international signing period.

The Twins released righty reliever Brett Jacobson, the last link to the December 2010 trade that sent J.J. Hardy to the Orioles. Minnesota lost the other piece, Jim Hoey, another righty reliever, on a waiver claim to the Blue Jays last December.

New York Mets
Added to 40-man roster:
LHP Josh Edgin
Option transferred: 3B Zach Lutz (high Class A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: C Juan Torres, 1B Travis Ozga, 2B Rylan Sandoval, OF Michael Bernal
Reinstated from DL: RHP Estarlin Morel, C Kai Gronauer, 3B Jeff Reynolds, OF Julio Concepcion

New York Yankees
Signed:
OF Kosuke Fukudome (released by White Sox)
Draft picks signed: RHP Charlie Haslup (26), RHP Ty Hensley (1), RHP Jose Mesa Jr. (24), LHP Jose Diaz (29), C Dalton Smith (36)
Option transferred: RHP David Phelps (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jason Bulger, RHP Ryan Flannery, C Jeff Farnham, 2B Ronnier Mustelier, OF Shane Brown, OF Colin Curtis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dan Mahoney, RHP Mikey O'Brien, RHP Graham Stoneburner, C Jose Gil, 2B Kevin Russo, 3B Kevin Mahoney

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Chris Ray (released by Indians), 1B Matt Rizzotti (released by Twins)
Draft pick signed: RHP Nolan Sanburn (2)
Released: LHP Erick Threets, 1B Mike Spina, 2B Luke Hughes
Recalled: LHP Pedro Figueroa
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Pedro Figueroa, OF Collin Cowgill
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Yordy Cabrera
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Jordan Tripp
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Tenholder, C Juan Nunez

Philadelphia Phillies
Recalled:
LHP Joe Savery
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin De Fratus
Removed from 40-man: RHP Brian Sanches (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP Matt Campbell, RHP Ulises Joaquin, C Steve Lerud
Reinstated from DL: RHP Garett Claypool, OF Domonic Brown, OF Tyson Gillies

Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft picks signed:
RHP Hayden Hurst (17), RHP John Kuchno (18), 3B Kevin Ross (8), SS Max Moroff (16)
Released: RHP Matt McSwain, RHP Vince Payne
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Matt Hague
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jake Burnette, RHP Jose Diaz, RHP Doug Salinas, C Miguel Perez, 1B Jeff Larish
Reinstated from DL: 2B Adalberto Santos

Negotiations with four Pirates draft picks went down to the wire, though this list is most notable for one omission: Stanford righty Mark Appel, the No. 8 pick in the draft and the lone first-rounder this year not to come to terms. Appel turned down a reported $3.8 million offer from Pittsburgh, though the club says it has no regrets with its failure to sign him. The Pirates gain the ninth pick in next year's draft as compensation.

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
LHP Brian Fuentes (released by Athletics)
Draft pick signed: RHP Kurt Heyer (6)
Released: RHP Bryan Martinez, RHP Jesse Simpson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Trevor Rosenthal
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Maikel Cleto, OF Shane Robinson
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Brian Fuentes, C Luis de la Cruz, 2B Garrett Wittels, 3B Colin Walsh, OF Lou Montanez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Trevor Rosenthal, C Adam Lewis, C Cody Stanley, 1B Matt Adams, 3B Colin Walsh

San Diego Padres
Released:
LHP Michael Watt
Recalled: RHP Nick Vincent
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miles Mikolas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ruben Mejia, 1B Zach Kometani, OF Brian Adams, OF Luis Domoromo, OF Clark Murphy, OF Kyung-Min Na, OF Everett Williams
Reinstated from DL: LHP R.L. Eisenbach, LHP Josh Spence, LHP Michael Watt, OF Luis Domoromo, OF Lee Orr, OF Everett Williams

San Francisco Giants
Draft picks signed:
RHP Martin Agosta (2), OF Mac Williamson (3)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Berger, RHP Jason Forjet, RHP Cameron McVey, RHP Luis Rojas, RHP Jake Smith, LHP Gaspar Santiago, LHP Scott Walker, LHP Matt Yourkin, C Brad Moss, C Eliezer Zambrano, 2B Carlos Willoughby, OF Elliott Blair
Reinstated from DL: RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Ariel Hernandez, RHP Lorenzo Mendoza, LHP Bryce Bandilla, LHP Mat Lujan, OF Jesus Galindo

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP David Pauley (elected free agency from Blue Jays)
Released: RHP Jarrett Grube, OF Chris Pettit
Recalled: RHP Blake Beavan
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Delabar
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Luke Taylor, RHP Richard Vargas, 3B Francisco Martinez

Tampa Bay Rays
Draft picks signed:
LHP Chris Kirsch (14), C Taylor Hawkins (12), 3B Richie Shaffer (1)
Released: C Brandon Choate, C Pat Reardon
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Will Rhymes
Reinstated from DL: C Stephen Vogt, OF Kevin Kiermaier, OF Josh Sale

Texas Rangers
Recalled:
C Luis Martinez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yoshinori Tateyama
Option transferred: RHP Justin Grimm (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP David Perez, OF Mike Bianucci, OF Jhonny Gomez
Reinstated from DL: 3B Tommy Mendonca, SS Luis Sardinas, OF Zach Cone

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Michael Dubee (released by Yankees), LHP Nate Robertson (Wichita (American Association)), LHP Les Walrond (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Draft picks signed: LHP Ryan Borucki (15), 2B William DuPont (16), OF Josh Almonte (22)
Released: RHP Luis Mendez, RHP Dariel Tiburcio
Recalled: RHP Chad Beck
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Aaron Loup, OF Anthony Gose
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jesse Chavez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yohan Pino, LHP Matt Wright, C Luis Hurtado, SS Andy Burns, OF Brad McElroy
Transferred to 60-day DL: OF Ronnie Melendez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Randy Boone, RHP Dariel Tiburcio, C Sean Ochinko, OF Alexander Azor

Washington Nationals
Draft pick signed:
RHP Lucas Giolito (1)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Wilson Eusebio, RHP Zech Zinicola, LHP Bryan Harper, 1B Chris Marrero, 2B Stephen Perez, 3B Matt Skole, OF Erik Komatsu, OF Randolph Oduber
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Manny Rodriguez, LHP Todd Simko
Reinstated from DL: C Jeff Howell, C Adrian Nieto, 3B Carlos Lopez

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