Minor League Transactions: March 27-April 5

The wait is over. This transactions update takes you through the end of spring training, so you can find out which players came closest to making the big league roster but were optioned to the minors during the final roster cuts, which players begin the season on the disabled list and which players will seek to carry on with new organizations after being released. You'll find 860 individual transactions in all.

• Teams released the following Article XX(B) major league free agents so that they could subsequently re-sign them to minor league contracts with modified terms (read about the original terms here): Josh Bard (Dodgers), Russ Branyan (Yankees), Jason Michaels (Nationals), Xavier Nady (Nationals) and Corey Patterson (Brewers). Nady made the Nationals' Opening Day roster.

This piece highlights all the players to make Opening Day big league rosters after entering camp on minor league contracts.

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

Arizona Diamondbacks
Released:
RHP Bryan Escanio, RHP Chris Odegaard, RHP Ryan Quigley, RHP Billy Spottiswood, RHP Brad Wilson, LHP Justin Albert, LHP Adam Kudryk, LHP Dan Taylor, SS Brent Greer, OF Jason Patton
Traded: RHP Robby Rowland to Pirates as compensation for major league Rule 5 selection RHP Brett Lorin
Removed from 40-man: RHP Brett Lorin (outrighted to Double-A), LHP Mike Zagurski (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeremy Erben, RHP Kyle Winkler, C Ryan Budde, 3B Rusty Ryal, OF Ollie Linton

Atlanta Braves
Released:
RHP Jason Lowey, RHP Henry Mendez, LHP Jesus Martinez, 2B Danny Richar, 3B Donell Linares, 3B Dan Nelson, OF Kenny Fleming, OF Sean Henry
Acquired: OF Christian Marrero from White Sox for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Julio Teheran
Option transferred: LHP Luis Avilan (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Cammons, RHP Peter Moylan, RHP Benino Pruneda, C Shawn McGill, SS Ozzie Chavez, OF L.V. Ware

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
C Chris Robinson (released by Rangers), OF Jamie Hoffmann, OF Jai Miller*
Released: RHP Tim Adleman, RHP Josh Banks, RHP Francis Beltran, RHP Brandon Cooney, RHP D.J. Ferguson, RHP Raul Rivero, RHP Travis Strong, RHP Ryohei Tanaka, RHP Josh Worrell, LHP Yoshihiro Doi, LHP Cameron Roth, LHP Will Startup, 1B Darryl Crosier, 1B Jeff Larish, 2B Tom DiBenedetto, 2B Peter Fatse, 2B Mike Mooney, 3B Adam Gaylord, 3B Dale Mollenhauer, OF Cory Aldridge, OF Lee Cruz, OF Jacob Julius
Added to 40-man roster: C Ronny Paulino, 1B Nick Johnson
Removed from 40-man: LHP Dana Eveland, OF Jai Miller (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Tillman, LHP Zach Phillips, 3B Zelous Wheeler
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jesse Beal, RHP Oliver Drake, RHP Brandon Erbe, RHP Matt Hobgood, RHP Dan Klein, RHP Kevin Landry, RHP Luis Lebron, LHP Casey Lambert, C Michael Ohlman

The Orioles claimed Zelous Wheeler on waivers from the Brewers at the end of spring training.

Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Swen Huijer, RHP Alexander Mateo, RHP Dennis Neuman, RHP Renny Parthemore, LHP John Killen, C Josue Peley, 2B Drew Dominguez, 2B Brad Emaus, OF Mitch Dening, OF Jorge Padron
Traded: 1B Jair Bogaerts to Cubs, completing deal in which Cubs traded RHP Chris Carpenter and RHP Aaron Kurcz to Red Sox as compensation for general manager Theo Epstein and a player to be named
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Vicente Padilla, LHP Justin Thomas
Optioned to Triple-A: C Ryan Lavarnway, 1B Lars Anderson, SS Jose Iglesias
Option transferred: LHP Drake Britton (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stolmy Pimentel, RHP Mathew Price, RHP Kyle Stroup, LHP Jesse Carlson, C Leonel Escobar, C Jayson Hernandez, 2B Tony Thomas, OF Ronald Bermudez

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Hector Mayora, RHP Ramon Reyes, RHP Juan Serrano, LHP Cam Greathouse, C Jason Jaramillo, C Nathan Maldonado, 2B Bobby Scales, 3B Marquez Smith, SS Matt Camp, OF Abner Abreu
Acquired: 1B Jair Bogaerts from Red Sox, completing deal in which Cubs traded RHP Chris Carpenter and RHP Aaron Kurcz to Red Sox as compensation for general manager Theo Epstein and a player to be named
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Yoanner Negrin (Tabasco)
Outrighted to Mexican League: RHP Marco Carrillo (Monterrey)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Shawn Camp, 2B Blake DeWitt, OF Joe Mather
Removed from 40-man: RHP Frankie de la Cruz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Randy Wells, LHP Scott Maine, LHP Travis Wood, C Welington Castillo, OF Tony Campana, OF Dave Sappelt
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Gerardo Concepcion
Option transferred: RHP Alberto Cabrera (Triple-A to Double-A), OF Matt Szczur (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Berg, RHP David Cales, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Robert Whitenack, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Graham Hicks, LHP Zach Rosscup, C Micah Gibbs, 2B Pierre LePage, 3B Dustin Geiger, SS Junior Lake, OF Evan Crawford, OF Matt Spencer

Chicago White Sox
Signed: 1B Conor Jackson (released by Rangers), SS Gary Pena (released by Blue Jays)
Released: RHP Justin Cassel, RHP Tyson Corley, 2B Alden Carrithers, OF Kyle Colligan, OF Randall Thorpe
Traded: OF Christian Marrero to Braves for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dylan Axelrod
Option transferred: RHP Simon Castro, LHP Pedro Hernandez (both players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gregory Infante, RHP Kevin Moran, RHP Salvador Sanchez, RHP Matt Zaleski, LHP Scott Olsen, C Kevin Dubler, OF Brandon Short

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
LHP Ryan Kiel (released by Mariners)
Released: RHP Eric Alessio, RHP Jason Braun, RHP Brandon Hynick, RHP Clayton Shunick, LHP Drew Bowman, LHP Mace Thurman, LHP Clay Zavada, C Kevin Coddington, C Brian Esposito, 3B Frank Pfister, OF Drew Poulk
Added to 40-man roster: OF Willie Harris
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP J.J. Hoover, 3B Todd Frazier, SS Paul Janish
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jordan Hotchkiss, OF Andrew Means

The Reds acquired J.J. Hoover when they dealt out-of-options third baseman Juan Francisco to the Braves on April 1.

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Tony Dischler, RHP Will Krasne, RHP Jose A. Lopez, RHP Josh McKeon, RHP Drew Rucinski, RHP Nick Sarianides, RHP Nate Striz, C Moises Montero, 1B Chase Burnette, 2B Cristian Guzman, 2B Argenis Martinez, 2B Argenis Reyes, 2B Karexon Sanchez, SS Casey Frawley, SS Chin-Lung Hu, OF Henry Dunn, OF Brian Heere, OF Fred Lewis, OF Felix Pie
Acquired: SS Chin-Lung Hu from Phillies for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dan Wheeler
Removed from 40-man: RHP Rick VandenHurk, OF Thomas Neal (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Frank Herrmann, RHP Kevin Slowey, LHP Nick Hagadone, 1B Matt LaPorta, 3B Russ Canzler, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall
Option transferred: SS Juan Diaz, OF Nick Weglarz (both players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Austin Adams, RHP Owen Dew, RHP Luis Encarnacion, RHP Antwonie Hubbard, RHP Jason Knapp, RHP Hector Rondon, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, LHP Matt Packer, OF Bo Greenwell, OF Jordan Henry

The Indians originally traded shortstop Chin-Lung Hu to the Phillies, but reports indicate that he failed his physical, so the two teams promptly reversed the trade. Cleveland then released him.

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Edgar Gonzalez (released by Athletics)
Released: RHP Connor Graham, RHP Kyle Hancock, LHP Justin Edwards, LHP Keith Weiser, C Mitch Canham, C Josh Ford, C Steve Holm, C Chris McMurray, C Chase Weems, OF David Christensen, OF Leonard Davis
Outrighted to Mexican League: RHP Alejandro Barraza (Mexico City)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jamie Moyer
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP Alex White, LHP Drew Pomeranz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chad Bettis, 1B Jordan Ribera, OF Rafael Ortega

The Rockies claimed Adam Ottavino on waivers from the Cardinals at the end of spring training.

Kyle Hancock signed out of the ’05 draft's third round but walked away from baseball for four years prior to rejoining the organization in ’09. He spent all of last season on the disabled list but put up a 4.97 ERA for Rookie-level Casper over 67 innings in ’09 and ’10. The Rockies also released their second-round (David Christensen) and third-round (Keith Weiser) picks from the ’06 draft.

Detroit Tigers
Released:
RHP Jeff Barfield, RHP Fernando Celis, RHP Trevor Feeney, RHP L.J. Gagnier, RHP Kevan Hess, RHP Dan Kickham, RHP Nate Newman, RHP Pedro Perez, C Eric Roof, 1B Zach Maxfield, 2B Josh Ashenbrenner, 2B Derrick Hudgins, OF Chretien Matz, OF P.J. Polk, OF Shawn Roof, OF Jeff Rowland, OF Les Smith
Recalled: LHP Duane Below
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brayan Villarreal, LHP Duane Below, LHP Andy Oliver
Option transferred: RHP Jacob Turner (Triple-A to high Class A), OF Avisail Garcia (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeff Ferrell, RHP Ramon Lebron, OF Ben Guez

Houston Astros
Released:
RHP Alberto Arias, RHP Ryan Cole, RHP Robby Donovan, RHP Justin Gill, RHP Kyle Greenwalt, RHP Livan Hernandez, RHP Blake King, RHP Lance Pendleton, RHP Ebert Rosario, RHP Matison Smith, RHP Brandt Walker, LHP Adam Champion, LHP Zach Duke, LHP David Duncan, C Emerson Frostad, C Jake Meskin, 1B Jimmy Van Ostrand, 2B Joe Thurston, 3B David Flores, OF Jordan Brown, OF Jon Gaston, OF Devon Torrence
Added to 40-man roster: OF Travis Buck
Removed from 40-man: RHP Henry Sosa (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Enerio Del Rosario, RHP Jordan Lyles, 3B Brett Wallace, OF J.B. Shuck
Option transferred: RHP Jorge De Leon (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chia-Jen Lo, LHP Xavier Cedeno, LHP Brad Dydalewicz, 2B Brandon Wikoff, OF Jay Austin, OF Grant Hogue
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Danny Meszaros

Alberto Arias spent most of ’09 in the big leagues with the Astros, but he missed all of ’10 and ’11 while dealing with shoulder injuries. Meanwhile, Canton, Ohio, prep product Devon Torrence spent the past three seasons on the restricted list, while ’08 seventh-rounder Jon Gaston had some Cal League-fueled fun in ’09,  batting .278/.367/.598 with 35 homers for high Class A Lancaster. In two tries at Double-A, Gaston put up a .685 OPS with 20 homers in 966 plate appearances.

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Mitch Hodge, LHP Marlon Arias, LHP Steve Kent, LHP Tyler Stovall, 3B Ryan Stovall, OF Anthony Howard, OF Tim Smith
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Federico Castaneda (Mexico City)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Sean O'Sullivan (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Louis Coleman, RHP Jeremy Jeffress
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Gutierrez, LHP Antonio Cruz, LHP Andrew Dobies, LHP John Lamb, LHP Edgar Osuna, C Ryan Eigsti, 2B Eric Duncan, 2B Yowill Espinal

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
SS Renny Osuna (released by Rangers)
Released: RHP Dan Sattler, RHP Shane Waller, 2B Dwayne Bailey, 2B Jon Karcich, 3B Steven Irvine, OF Justin Bass, OF Drew Macias
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jason Isringhausen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Trevor Bell, RHP Garrett Richards, LHP Brad Mills, C Hank Conger, OF Mike Trout
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ysmael Carmona, RHP Kyle Hurst, RHP Kevin Nabors, RHP Heath Nichols, RHP Chris Scholl, LHP Trevor Reckling, OF Tyson Auer

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Ramon Troncoso*, C Josh Bard (re-signed), C Sean O'Connell (released by White Sox)
Released: RHP Ryan Acosta, RHP Brian N. Anderson, RHP Raul Burgos, RHP Daniel Carela, RHP Rob Chamra, RHP Carlos Monasterios, RHP Yimy Rodriguez, RHP Tim Sexton, RHP Josh Walter, LHP Matt Chico, LHP John Grabow, LHP Andy Sisco, C Josh Bard (then subsequently re-signed), C Salomon Manriquez, 2B Maikol Gonzalez, 2B Brandon Mims, 2B Jaime Pedroza, 3B Russ Mitchell, OF Chris Pettit, OF Cory Sullivan
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Edwin Contreras (Monclava), OF Roman Pena (Campeche)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jamey Wright
Removed from 40-man: RHP Ramon Troncoso (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nate Eovaldi, C Tim Federowicz, OF Matt Angle, OF Trent Oeltjen, OF Jerry Sands
Option transferred: RHP Nate Eovaldi (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Shane Lindsay, RHP Ryan Tucker, RHP Chris Withrow, C Steve Cilladi, C Andrew Edge, C J.J. Ethel, C Angelo Ponte, 1B Chris Jacobs, OF Anthony Jackson, OF Alfredo Silverio

Among the Dodgers' roster cuts is righty Carlos Monasterios, whom the club carried as a major league Rule 5 selection in ’10. He appeared in only one game for Triple-A Albuquerque last season, but two years ago he made 13 starts and 19 relief appearances for big club (4.38 ERA, 1.45 WHIP in 88 innings).

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Tom Boleska, RHP Jose Rosario, RHP Chase Wier, LHP Ken Toves, C Gregg Glime, 2B Ryan Curry, 2B Jim Negrych, 3B Michael Camp, 3B Terry Tiffee, SS Jose Torres, OF Marquise Cooper, OF Jorge Padilla, OF Aaron Rowand, OF Jeremy Synan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Austin Kearns
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Wade LeBlanc, OF Bryan Petersen
Option transferred: RHP Omar Poveda (Triple-A to Double-A), LHP Brad Hand (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP A.J. Battisto, RHP Corey Madden, RHP Robert Morey, RHP Garrett Parcell, RHP Robert Ray, RHP Jared Rogers, RHP Chris Shafer, LHP Ramon Benjamin, LHP Sean West, 2B German Duran, 3B Mike Cervenak, OF Christian Yelich

The Marlins released Jose Torres, a July 2, 2007, signing, just prior to MLB's announcement that the shortstop had received a 50-game suspension.

Marquise Cooper, a third-round selection in ’09, played linebacker in high school (Huntington Beach, Calif.) but never developed much feel for hitting. He batted .213/.337/.286 in 149 games at the lowest reaches of the Marlins system.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
C Jason Jaramillo (released by Cubs), C Emmanuel Quiles (released by Padres), OF Corey Patterson (re-signed)
Released: C Patrick Arlis, C Kevin Moscatel, C Mike Rivera, 2B Gant Elmore, 3B Kyle Dhanani, OF Chuck Caufield, OF Chris Dennis, OF Jay Gibbons, OF Corey Patterson (then subsequently re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Travis Ishikawa, SS Cesar Izturis
Removed from 40-man: RHP Amaury Rivas (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike McClendon, LHP Zach Braddock, C Martin Maldonado, 3B Taylor Green, OF Caleb Gindl, OF Logan Schafer
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Josh Stinson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steven Hall, RHP Andre Lamontagne, RHP Cody Scarpetta, LHP Juan Perez

The Brewers claimed Josh Stinson on waivers from the Mets at the end of spring training.

Minnesota Twins
Released:
RHP Jason Bulger, RHP Nathan Fawbush, RHP Deinys Suarez, RHP Ben Tootle, LHP Matt Bashore, C Phillip Chapman, C Norberto Susini, 1B Steve Pearce, 2B Nick Lockwood, 2B Reggie Williams, 3B Roy Larson, SS Chris Cates, OF Tyler Koelling, OF Dustin Martin, OF Ryde Rodriguez
Acquired: 1B Matt Rizzotti from Phillies for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jared Burton, 3B Sean Burroughs
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Manship, C Drew Butera, OF Joe Benson
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jason Marquis
Option transferred: RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Lester Oliveros, OF Darin Mastroianni (all three players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Jacobson, RHP Miguel Munoz, RHP Tom Stuifbergen, RHP Brad Thompson, RHP Dakota Watts, LHP Phil Dumatrait, LHP Cole Nelson, C Kyle Knudson, OF Steven Liddle, OF Wilkin Ramirez, OF Nate Roberts
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Kyle Gibson, LHP Paul Bargas

Neither Matt Bashore (46th overall pick, ’09) nor Ben Tootle (third round, ’09) advanced past low Class A prior to their release. Bashore missed the ’10 season after having Tommy John surgery and returned to pitch in the Appalachian League last summer, while Tootle ran up a 7.69 ERA in two tries as a reliever in the Midwest League. Bashore quickly latched on with the Yankees, as did Jason Bulger and Steve Pearce, two others released from Twins camp.

New York Mets
Signed:
2B Bobby Scales (released by Cubs), 3B Josh Rodriguez (released by Pirates)
Released: RHP Mike Hebert, RHP Michael Powers, RHP Todd Weldon, SS Justin Schafer, OF Javier Rodriguez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Miguel Batista, OF Mike Baxter
Removed from 40-man: RHP Armando Rodriguez (outrighted to Double-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Schwinden, 2B Jordany Valdespin
Option transferred: RHP Jeurys Familia (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Chris Young, LHP Jim Fuller, LHP Brandon Sage, 2B Reese Havens, 2B Corey Wimberly

The best hitter available from Puerto Rico in the ’08 draft, Mets second-rounder Javier Rodriguez made it to low Class A Savannah for 26 games last year but batted just .248/.315/.388 in four seasons.

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Jason Bulger (released by Twins), RHP Michael Dubee (released by Pirates), RHP Grant Duff (re-signed), LHP Matt Bashore (released by Twins), LHP Lee Hyde (released by Nationals), C Craig Tatum*, 1B Russ Branyan (re-signed), 1B Steve Pearce (released by Twins), OF Jack Cust (released by Astros), OF Chris Dickerson*
Released: RHP Cory Cowsert, 1B Russ Branyan (then subsequently re-signed), 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Bill Hall, OF Austin Krum, OF DeAngelo Mack
Recalled: RHP David Phelps
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Clay Rapada
Removed from 40-man: C Craig Tatum (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cody Eppley, C Francisco Cervelli
Option transferred: OF Melky Mesa (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Arneson, RHP Sean Black, RHP Daniel Burawa, RHP Reinier Casanova, RHP Matt Daley, RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP Ronny Marte, RHP Adam Miller, RHP Diego Moreno, LHP Jeremy Bleich, LHP Matt Tracy, C Jeff Farnham, C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Russ Branyan, 1B Luke Murton, 2B Corban Joseph, 2B Jayson Nix, SS Carmen Angelini, OF Shane Brown, OF Slade Heathcott, OF Damon Sublett
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Grant Duff, RHP Tim Norton

The Yankees claimed Cody Eppley on waivers from the Rangers at the end of spring training. New York also parted ways with first baseman Jorge Vazquez, last year's International League home run champ withe 32, after signing Steve Pearce.

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Edgar Gonzalez, RHP Josh Lansford
Traded: OF Cedric Hunter to Cardinals for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyson Ross, 2B Adam Rosales
Option transferred: LHP Sean Doolittle (Triple-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chad Kerfoot, RHP Chris Mederos, RHP Daniel Tenholder, RHP Matt Thomson, RHP Tyler Vail, LHP Julio Ramos, C Juan Nunez, C Daniel Petitti, C Beau Taylor, 3B Yordy Cabrera, OF Matt Sulentic

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
2B Joe Thurston (released by Astros), SS Andres Blanco (released by Nationals)
Released: RHP Leonel Bastidas, RHP Nate Bump, RHP Cody Fick, RHP Eric Pettis, LHP Matt Way, C Nolan Clark, C Jeff Lanning, C Chabriel Pizarro, OF Luis Amaro, OF Brent Clevlen, OF Bill Rice
Traded: SS Chin-Lung Hu to Indians for future considerations
Traded: 1B Matt Rizzotti to Twins for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Pete Orr, OF Juan Pierre
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jake Diekman, C Erik Kratz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chance Chapman, RHP Jordan Ellis, RHP Drew Naylor, RHP Adam Worthington, LHP Nick Hernandez, LHP Mario Hollands, 2B Harold Garcia, OF Anthony Hewitt

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released:
RHP Cliff Archibald, RHP Michael Dubee, RHP Jason Erickson, RHP Brian Leach, RHP Mike Loree, C Matt Skirving, 2B Kevin Mort, 3B Josh Rodriguez, OF Brad Chalk
Acquired: RHP Robby Rowland from Diamondbacks as compensation for major league Rule 5 selection RHP Brett Lorin
Traded: RHP Ryota Igarashi to Blue Jays for cash considerations
Traded: LHP Brian Tallet to Padres for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Juan Cruz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Daniel McCutchen, LHP Daniel Moskos
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eliecer Cardenas, RHP Jeff Inman, RHP Phillip Irwin, C Kawika Emsley-Pai, C Rudy Pena, C Milver Reyes, 2B Keoni De Renne, 3B Vince Harrison, OF Jason Cooper, OF Michael Ryan

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
OF Jake Shaffer (released by Mariners)
Released: RHP David Kopp
Acquired: OF Cedric Hunter from Athletics for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Linebrink
Optioned to Triple-A: C Bryan Anderson
Option transferred: LHP Sam Freeman (Triple-A to Double-A), 3B Zack Cox (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ramon Delgado, RHP Deryk Hooker, RHP Scott McGregor, RHP Boone Whiting, LHP Daniel Bibona, LHP Ryan Copeland, LHP Kevin Siegrist, C Roberto Espinoza, C Adam Lewis, C Travis Tartamella, C Kleininger Teran, 1B Mark Hamilton, OF Kyle Conley, OF Aaron Luna
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Jordan Swagerty

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Ryan Quigley (released by D-backs)
Released: RHP Dennis Tankersley, LHP Todd Privett, C Jhonaldo Pozo, C Emmanuel Quiles
Acquired: LHP Brian Tallet from Pirates for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Brad Brach
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jeremy Hermida
Removed from 40-man: RHP Erik Hamren (outrighted to Double-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Brach, C Yasmani Grandal, 3B James Darnell, SS Everth Cabrera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Fetter, RHP Chris Franklin, RHP Alexis Lara, RHP Adam Schrader, RHP Jeff Suppan, RHP Nick Vincent, LHP Zach Herr, LHP Michael Watt, 1B Tommy Medica, 3B Jake Blackwood, SS Drew Cumberland, SS Brian Guinn
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Matt LaChappa

San Francisco Giants
Released:
RHP Michael Main, RHP A.J. Proszek, LHP Aaron King, LHP David Quinowski, 1B Brice Cutspec, 2B Julio Izturis, OF Raynor Campbell, OF Jose de la Cruz, OF Ryan Scoma, OF James Simmons
Added to 40-man roster: OF Gregor Blanco
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Steve Edlefsen, RHP George Kontos, C Eli Whiteside, 3B Conor Gillaspie
Option transferred: SS Ehire Adrianza (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Berger, RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Hector Correa, RHP Jake Dunnington, RHP Scott Munter, RHP Andy Reichard, RHP Chris Wilson, LHP Craig Clark, LHP Kelvin Marte, C Dan Burkhart, C Myles Schroder, C Eliezer Zambrano, 2B Brock Bond, 3B Garrett Buechele, SS Juan Ciriaco, SS Ryan Lormand, OF Devin Harris, OF Nick Liles, OF Rafael Rodriguez

The Giants coveted Michael Main in the ’07 draft, but the Rangers grabbed him at No. 24 before San Francisco's third and final first-round selection rolled around at No. 29. The Giants, incidentally, came away with Madison Bumgarner (10th overall) and Tim Alderson (22nd), whom they turned into Freddy Sanchez. San Francisco finally acquired Main in July ’10 when they traded Bengie Molina to the Rangers, but the righthander struggled to finish out ’10 (26 runs on 21 hits in 14 innings) and didn't recover his touch last year (6.84 ERA, 1.86 WHIP in 53 innings).

The Giants acquired George Kontos when they dealt out-of-options catcher Chris Stewart to the Yankees on April 4.

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Matt Bischoff, RHP Maxx Catapano, RHP Aaron Heilman, RHP Jessie Nava, LHP Ryan Kiel, LHP Philippe Valiquette, C Larry Gonzalez, 1B Rudy van Heydoorn, 2B Jorge Agudelo, OF Frankie Christian, OF Brandon Haveman
Recalled: OF Carlos Peguero
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Erasmo Ramirez, SS Munenori Kawasaki
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Chance Ruffin, LHP Charlie Furbush, OF Carlos Peguero (twice)
Option transferred: RHP Yoervis Medina, LHP Danny Hultzen, 3B Francisco Martinez, OF Johermyn Chavez, OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (all five players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyler Blandford, RHP Tim Boyce, RHP Yao Wen Chang, RHP Jarrett Grube, RHP Moises Hernandez, RHP Fray Martinez, RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Brian Sweeney, LHP Nick Hill, C Andrew Giobbi, 1B Dennis Raben, 2B Carlos Ramirez, 3B Nate Tenbrink, OF Kuo Hui Lo, OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF Nathan Melendres, OF Kalian Sams
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Brent Johnson

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Dave Kubiak, C Mike Bourdon, 3B Julio Cedeno, OF Chris Murrill, OF Anthony Scelfo, OF John Shelby III
Acquired: OF Kyle Hudson from Rangers for future considerations
Recalled: OF Stephen Vogt
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Gomes, LHP John Gaub
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Andujar, RHP Nick Barnese, RHP Jay Buente, RHP Jairo de la Rosa, RHP Richard de los Santos, RHP Lenny Linsky, RHP Ricky Orta, RHP Zach Quate, OF Brett Nommensen

The Rays claimed John Gaub on waivers from the Cubs at the end of spring training.

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Aaron Heilman (released by Mariners)
Released: RHP Ovispo de los Santos, RHP Cody Evans, RHP Kennil Gomez, RHP Colby Killian, RHP Jorge Marban, RHP Jon Meloan, RHP Ezequiel Rijo, RHP Doug Salinas, RHP Tim Stanford, RHP Mason Tobin, LHP Joe Beimel, LHP Kyle Fernandes, LHP Geuris Grullon, LHP Sam Robinson, LHP Mitch Stetter, LHP Fabian Williamson, C Chris Robinson, 1B Jared Bolden, 1B Brad Hawpe, 1B Conor Jackson, 1B Clark Murphy, 2B Jonathan Roof, SS Andres James, SS Renny Osuna, OF Braxton Lane, OF Efrain Nunez, OF Kendall Radcliffe, OF Orlando Sandoval, OF Ruben Sierra Jr.
Traded: OF Kyle Hudson to Rays for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Robbie Ross, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Michael Kirkman, C Luis Martinez, OF Julio Borbon
Designated for assignment: RHP Cody Eppley
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Miller, LHP Richard Bleier, LHP Neal Cotts

Mason Tobin spent the majority of last season on the major league disabled list after coming over from the Angels system as a Rule 5 pick. A once-promising career has been beset by a string of arm injuries, and Tobin hasn't pitched so much as 37 innings in a season since ’08.

Texas also cut ties with lefty Fabian Williamson and outfielder Efrain Nunez, two of its three minor league Rule 5 picks last December. Alex Buchholz was the third. The Rangers also released ’09 sixth-rounder Ruben Sierra Jr., a plus runner and thrower who batted just .244/.296/.356 in three years in short-season ball.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Evan Englebrook (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Sean Shoffit, RHP Steve Turnbull, C Garrett Maines, SS Gary Pena
Acquired: RHP Ryota Igarashi from Pirates for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Joel Carreno
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Omar Vizquel
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Mike McCoy
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Brett Cecil
Option transferred: LHP Evan Crawford (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Casey Beck, RHP Randy Boone, RHP Wes Etheridge, RHP Shawn Griffith, RHP Trystan Magnuson, RHP Stephen Marek, RHP Brian Slover, C Luis Hurtado, C Chris Schaeffer, 1B Gabe Jacobo, SS Brian Bocock, SS Peter Mooney, OF Francisco Leandro
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP John Anderson, LHP Willie Collazo, C Joe Bowen

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Kevin Pucetas (released by Royals), LHP Zach Duke (released by Astros), 1B Xavier Nady (re-signed), OF Jason Michaels (re-signed)
Released: RHP Luis Chirinos, RHP Chad Durbin, RHP Ben Graham, RHP Scott Williams, 1B Xavier Nady, SS Andres Blanco, OF Jason Michaels (then subsequently re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Xavier Nady, 1B Chad Tracy, OF Rick Ankiel, OF Brett Carroll
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Perry, LHP John Lannan, LHP Atahualpa Severino
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adam Carr, RHP Jeff Fulchino, RHP Waldis Joaquin, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Mike Schultz, RHP Dean Weaver, LHP Sammy Solis, C Devin Ivany

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