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Minor League Transactions: March 28-April 4

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period March 28-April 4.

Article XX(B) major league free agents are indicated with a double asterisk (**)

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
C Mike Brenly (released by Cubs, March 29), 1B Nick Evans (released by Dodgers, March 18)
Released: LHP Rommie Lewis, C Mark Reed, 2B Daniel Pulfer, OF Ryan LaPensee, OF Joe Loftus
Recalled: OF Alfredo Marte
Added to 40-man roster: SS Josh Wilson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Randall Delgado, LHP Joe Paterson, OF Tony Campana
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Bolsinger, RHP Tyler Green, RHP Bryan Henry, RHP Ray Hernandez, RHP D.J. Johnson, RHP Mat Sample, LHP John Pedrotty, C Chris McMurray, OF Keon Broxton, OF Ollie Linton

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Greg Ross (released by Tigers, March 25)
Released:
LHP Dimasther Delgado, OF Josh Kroeger
Traded: C Troy Snitker to Pirates for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: C Evan Gattis
Option transferred: RHP Juan Jaime (Double-A to high Class A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Cammons, RHP Yean Carlos Gil, RHP Benino Pruneda, RHP Jason Rice, LHP Robert Fish, LHP David Starn, C Matt Kennelly, C Shawn McGill, OF Chase Anselment

Evan Gattis smacked 34 home runs last season between high Class A, Double-A and the Venezuelan League, then won a job as Braves part-time catcher by hitting .368 (21-for-57) with six homers and five doubles this spring. He homered in his first major league game, of course.

Panamanian lefty Dimasther Delgado appeared on three organizational Top 30 Prospects lists, peaking at No. 12 in ’10, the same season he missed in its entirety after breaking his leg in an offseason car accident. In two tries at high Class A Lynchburg, he logged a 3.93 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 1.8 K-BB ratio as a starter, suggesting his future may be in relief.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Freddy Garcia (released by Padres, March 24)
Released: RHP Pat Egan, RHP Jaime Esquivel, RHP Chase Johnson, C Joe Oliveira, C Jim Vahalik, SS Chris Wade, OF Adam Greenberg, OF Will Howard, OF Jeremy Nowak, OF Chris Pettit, OF Buddy Sosnoskie
Acquired: RHP Scott Proctor from Giants for cash considerations
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Steve Pearce
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Stinson
Option transferred: OF Xavier Avery (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bobby Bundy, RHP Dylan Bundy, RHP Oliver Drake, RHP Dan Klein, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Stu Pomeranz, LHP Zach Braddock, LHP Rich Rundles, LHP Rick Zagone, C Zach Booker, C Joel Polanco, C Scott Thomas, 2B Shawn Roof, OF Austin Knight

The Orioles claimed Josh Stinson on waivers from the Athletics, who had recently claimed him from the Brewers, who claimed him from the Mets a year ago. Stinson will join other recent Baltimore acquisitions Jairo Asencio, Scott Proctor and Julio Rodriguez as bullpen depth in the high minors. The Orioles also have a quartet relievers with prospect value to reclaim at Triple-A Norfolk in Mike Belfiore, Rob Delaney, Adam Russell and Daniel Schlereth.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
1B Brandon Snyder (released by Rangers, March 27)
Released: RHP Jon Bachanov, RHP Rey Cotilla, RHP Tyler Lockwood, LHP Kevin Brahney, C Roberto Reyes, OF Matt Marquis, OF Ryan Sweeney
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Marco Duarte (to Mexico City)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jackie Bradley
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Mauro Gomez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Daniel Bard
Designated for assignment: 1B Mauro Gomez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller, RHP Luis Diaz, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, RHP Aaron Kurcz, LHP Matt Maloney, C Tim Roberson, C Matt Spring, OF Mitch Maier

The Red Sox selected Jon Bachanov from the White Sox in last December’s minor league Rule 5 draft. New Red Sox Gulf Coast League manager Tom Kotchman scouted and signed Bachanov for the Angels in ’07.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
2B Donnie Murphy (released by Brewers, March 27), OF Ryan Sweeney (released by Red Sox, March 30)
Released: RHP Jay Jackson, RHP Hayden Simpson, RHP Brett Wallach, RHP Joe Zeller, LHP Casey Harman, LHP Dontrelle Willis, C Mike Brenly, OF Evan Crawford
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Hisanori Takahashi, SS Alberto Gonzalez, OF Brent Lillibridge
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Brett Jackson
Option transferred: RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Trey McNutt (both Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Guillermo Moscoso (outrighted to Rookie-level Arizona League)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Marcelo Carreno, RHP Dayan Diaz, RHP Michael Jensen, RHP Chang-Yong Lim, RHP Matt Loosen, RHP Jose Rosario, RHP Casey Weathers, LHP Kyler Burke, LHP Jeff Lorick, LHP Andrew McKirahan, C Yaniel Cabezas, C Carlos Escobar, 1B Greg Rohan, 3B Brad Zapenas, OF Albert Almora

Jay Jackson looked like a ninth-round find out of the ’08 draft when he reached Triple-A the following year, but after three full seasons at Iowa produced a 5.27 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, he’ll try to latch on with a new organization. Jackson’s strikeout rate perked up—8.7 SO/9—after moving to the bullpen last season, so the second act of his career may include waiting by the bullpen phone.

Poor health sabotaged Hayden Simpson’s career. The 16th pick in the ’10 draft suffered from mononucleosis and an elbow tear before he even got going, but Cubs correspondent Phil Rogers lays the blame for Simpson’s failure at the feet of a previous front-office regime that didn’t want to spend in the draft. Nonetheless, Simpson (6.42 ERA in 161 innings) joins an ignominious list of pitchers selected by Chicago with its top pick: ’02 first-rounder Bobby Brownlie, ’04 second-rounder Grant Johnson and ’05 first-rounder Mark Pawelek.

Cubs No. 2 prospect and the sixth pick in last year’s draft Albert Almora begins on the disabled list after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Jason Berken (released by Cubs, March 22), SS Jean Almanzar (released by Angels, March 27), SS Tyler Greene (released by Astros, March 26), OF Luis Durango (released by Royals, April 1)
Released: 2B Erik Morrison, 3B Nick Giarraputo, 3B Andy Gonzalez, 3B Thomas McCarthy, 3B Jake Oester, OF Stefan Gartrell, OF John Shelby III
Acquired: 1B Lars Anderson from Blue Jays for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brian Omogrosso
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Scott Carroll, RHP Dan Remenowsky, LHP Charlie Leesman, LHP Trevor Reckling, LHP Santos Rodriguez, C Damaso Espino, C Luis Sierra, 1B Lars Anderson, 3B Josh Bell, OF Blake Tekotte
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Kyle Bellamy

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Mike MacDougal, RHP Yohan Pino (released and re-signed)
Released: RHP Lorgi Pineda, RHP Yohan Pino, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, LHP Stephen Hunt, C Mark Fleury, OF Jefry Sierra
Added to 40-man roster: SS Cesar Izturis, OF Derrick Robinson
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Logan Ondrusek
Option transferred: RHP Curtis Partch (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jose Arredondo, SS Jason Donald (both outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kevin Arico, RHP Ryan Kemp, RHP Brian Pearl, RHP Daniel Tuttle, LHP Blaine Howell, LHP Chris Manno, 1B Neftali Soto, OF Jon Matthews

Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Antwonie Hubbard, OF Jordan Henry, OF Jeremie Tice
Traded: C Brian Jeroloman to Pirates for future considerations
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Scott Kazmir, OF Ryan Raburn
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Nick Hagadone
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Robert Whitenack
Option transferred: RHP Trey Haley, RHP Danny Salazar, LHP T.J. House (all three players Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: LHP David Huff (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Austin Adams, RHP Joseph Colon, RHP Clayton Cook, RHP Trey Haley, RHP Chen Lee, RHP Mason Radeke, LHP Elvis Araujo, LHP Mike Rayl, LHP Tyler Sturdevant, C Xavier de los Santos, C Alex Monsalve, 2B Cord Phelps, 2B Nate Spears, 3B Kyle Bellows, OF Bo Greenwell, OF Matt LaPorta

The Indians claimed Robert Whitenack on waivers from the Cubs.

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
C Chris O’Dowd (released by Padres, March 28), 1B Dean Espy (released by Royals, March 27)
Released: RHP Giancarlo Alvarado, RHP Stephen Dodson, RHP Adam Jorgenson, RHP Chad Rose, RHP Joey Williamson, RHP Kurt Yacko, LHP Craig Bennigson, C Chris Cowell, C Ralph Henriquez, C Gustavo Molina, C James Skelton, 1B Jared Clark, 2B Jimmy Cesario, 3B Russ Mitchell, OF Robert de la Cruz, OF Blake Gailen, OF Mike Mitchell
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chris Volstad, C Yorvit Torrealba
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Tyler Colvin
Option transferred: RHP Joe Gardner (Triple-A to Double-A)
Designated for assignment: RHP Will Harris
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bruce Kern, LHP Erick Threets, 2B Taylor Featherston, 3B Sam Mende, OF Rafael Ortega, OF Jared Simon

Chris O’Dowd is the son of Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd. The Padres selected him in the 23rd round of last year’s draft out of Dartmouth.

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
LHP Blaine Hardy (released by Royals, March 21)
Released: RHP Luis Hidalgo, RHP Rob Waite, C Gabriel Purroy, 1B Jose Soledad, 3B Edgar Corcino, SS Cale Iorg, OF Eliezer Mesa
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Matt Tuiasosopo, OF Don Kelly
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luis Marte, RHP Evan Reed, RHP Bruce Rondon, SS Danny Worth

The Tigers selected Eliezer Mesa from the Athletics in last December’s minor league Rule 5 draft. Elsewhere, Detroit claimed Evan Reed on waivers from the Marlins.

Long the organization’s torch-bearer for infield defensive play, ’07 sixth-rounder Cale Iorg hit .213 at Double-A (1,002 at-bats) and .199 at Triple-A (512 at-bats), indicating his bat is too light even for utility work. Players like Danny Worth, Hernan Perez and Dixon Machado had passed him on the organization depth chart.

Houston Astros
Traded:
OF Jake Goebbert to Athletics for LHP Travis Blackley
Recalled: OF J.D. Martinez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Edgar Gonzalez, LHP Erik Bedard, OF Rick Ankiel
Option transferred: RHP Ross Seaton (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Murilo Gouvea, RHP Chia-Jen Lo, RHP Kyle Weiland, LHP Sergio Escalona, LHP Kenny Long, C Max Stassi, 3B Andy Simunic, 3B Brandon Wikoff, OF Grant Hogue, OF Telvin Nash

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Cesar Arreaza
Released: C Ryan Jenkins, 3B Nick DelGuidice, OF Luis Durango
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Miguel Tejada
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Louis Coleman
Option transferred: LHP John Lamb (Double-A to high Class A)
Removed from 40-man: C Brett Hayes (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Greg Billo, RHP Chase Boruff, RHP Chas Byrne, RHP Devon Lowery, RHP Tim Melville, RHP Matt Murray, RHP Anthony Ortega, RHP Matt Ridings, RHP Tyler Sample, RHP Leonel Santiago, LHP Buddy Baumann, LHP Justin Marks, LHP George Sherrill, LHP Crawford Simmons, C Jose Bonilla, C Alex Marquez, 1B Chad Tracy, 2B Sharlon Schoop, 3B Adrian Morales, 3B Freddy Sandoval, OF Chris Elder, OF Roman Hernandez, OF Alex Llanos, OF Carlo Testa, OF Charles Thomas

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Alex Keudell (released by Rays, March 28), C Mark Fleury (released by Reds, March 29)
Released: RHP Matt Collins, SS Brandon Brewer
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mark Lowe, 3B Brendan Harris, OF J.B. Shuck
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Carpenter, C John Hester, 3B Luis Jimenez, OF Kole Calhoun
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Clevinger, RHP Johnny Holtman, RHP Brandon Hynick, RHP Heath Nichols, RHP Tony Pena, LHP Carmine Giardina, LHP Brandon Sisk, C Zac Livingston, C Elio Sarmiento, 1B Matt Scioscia, OF Jeremy Cruz, OF Paul McAnulty

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
RHP Kevin Gregg, LHP Cole St. Clair, C Wilkin Castillo, 3B Joe Becker, OF P.J. Phillips
Recalled: SS Justin Sellers
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Josh Wall, 2B Alex Castellanos, OF Elian Herrera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP Juan Noriega, RHP Matt Palmer, RHP Mario Santiago, C Steve Cilladi, C Jan Vazquez, 2B Pedro Guerrero, SS Casio Grider, SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez, OF Jeremy Moore, OF Pat Stover, OF Joey Winker

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Michael Garcia, RHP John Omahen, RHP Chris Squires, LHP Tyler Kehrer, 1B Pedro Acosta, 3B Patrick Claussen, 3B Tug Hulett, SS Rony Peralta, OF Dallas Poulk, OF John Schultz, OF Donnie Webb
Recalled: RHP Alex Sanabia
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jose Fernandez, RHP John Maine, RHP Chad Qualls**, RHP Kevin Slowey, 1B Casey Kotchman**, 2B Chris Valaika, OF Austin Kearns**
Optioned to Triple-A: C Kyle Skipworth
Option transferred: OF Kyle Jensen (Triple-A to Double-A)
Designated for assignment: RHP Evan Reed, LHP Scott Maine, 3B Zack Cox
Removed from 40-man: LHP Scott Maine, OF Gorkys Hernandez (both players outrighted to Triple-A), 3B Zack Cox (outrighted to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Pete Andrelczyk, RHP Bryan Evans, RHP Casey McCarthy, RHP Brad Mincey, RHP Matt Montgomery, RHP Joey O’Gara, LHP Ramon Benjamin, LHP Grant Dayton, LHP Andrew Heaney, LHP Greg Nappo, C Jose Ceballos, 1B Aaron Dudley, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, OF Brent Keys, OF Jake Marisnick, OF Ryan McIntyre, OF Marcell Ozuna, OF James Wooster, OF Christian Yelich

To make room on the 40-man roster for veterans such as Austin Kearns, Casey Kotchman, John Maine, Chad Qualls, Kevin Slowey and Chris Valaika, Miami elected to outright to the minors two players they acquired in trades last July 31. Both Zack Cox and Gorkys Hernandez cleared waivers and will have to earn their way back onto the 40-man.

The Marlins’ projected super-prospect outfield at Double-A Jacksonville did not materialize on Opening Day. Jake Marisnick (fractured hand), Marcell Ozuna (fractured hand) and Christian Yelich (plantar faciitis) all begin the season on the disabled list.

The Marlins selected Tyler Kehrer from the Angels in December’s minor league Rule 5 draft.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Estevenson Encarnacion (released by Indians, March 23)
Released: RHP Austin Hall, RHP Maverick Lasker, RHP Joel Pierce, RHP Michael White, RHP Brandon Williamson, 2B Carlos George
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alfredo Figaro
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Arnett, RHP Nick Bucci, RHP Austin Ross, RHP Cody Scarpetta, SS Hector Gomez

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
2B Eric Farris (released by Mariners, March 29)
Released: RHP Chris Province, 1B Steven Liddle, OF Ricky Manning, OF Kelvin Mention
Added to 40-man roster: OF Wilkin Ramirez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Nick Blackburn, RHP Kyle Davies, RHP Sam Deduno, RHP Dallas Gallant, RHP Jhon Garcia, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Rich Harden, RHP Matt Hauser, RHP B.J. Hermsen, RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP Dan Sattler, RHP Tim Shibuya, RHP Esmerling Vasquez, RHP Dakota Watts, RHP Alex Wimmers, LHP Rafael Perez, LHP Aaron Thompson, 1B Adam Bryant, SS Levi Michael, OF Nate Roberts

New York Mets
Released:
RHP Craig Hansen, RHP Brad Holt, LHP Danny Ray Herrera, 2B Brandon Brown, OF Corey Patterson, OF Mike Wilson, OF Pedro Zapata
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Atchison, RHP LaTroy Hawkins**, LHP Scott Rice, OF Marlon Byrd
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Rob Carson, 3B Zach Lutz
Option transferred: RHP Gonzalez Germen, 3B Wilmer Flores, OF Juan Lagares (all three players Double-A to Triple-A), RHP Hansel Robles (low Class A to high Class A), OF Cesar Puello (high Class A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: LHP Darin Gorski (outrighted to Double-A), 2B Reese Havens (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Fraser, RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Taylor Whitenton, LHP Tim Byrdak, LHP Alex Panteliodis, LHP Carlos Vazquez, OF Matt den Dekker

Following a sterling debut for short-season Brooklyn in ’08—he led the New York-Penn League in ERA, strikeout rate and opponent average—Brad Holt failed to clear the Double-A hurdle in multiple tries. In parts of four seasons for Binghamton, he logged a 5.53 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 1.4 K-BB ratio. Working in relief the past two seasons, Holt missed enough bats (8.4 SO/9) and allowed just five home runs in 86 innings, but he struggled terribly with control (4.9 BB/9).

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 2B David Adams (re-signed)
Released: RHP Luis Chirinos, RHP Craig Heyer, LHP Evan DeLuca, SS Leugim Barroso, OF Juan Rivera**
Traded: SS Jose Mojica to Phillies for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Adam Warren
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Lyle Overbay, 3B Jayson Nix, OF Ben Francisco
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Melky Mesa
Option transferred: LHP Francisco Rondon (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Sam Demel (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Daley, RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP David Herndon, RHP Diego Moreno, RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Pat Venditte, RHP Chien-Ming Wang, RHP Chase Whitley, LHP Rigoberto Arrebato, LHP Manny Banuelos, C Tyson Blaser, 2B Reegie Corona, OF Adonis Garcia, OF Ronnier Mustelier, OF Ravel Santana

The Yankees claimed Sam Demel on waivers from the Astros, who claimed him from the Diamondbacks in November. New York snuck him through waivers and outrighted him to Triple-A.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Mike DeMark (released by D-backs, March 19), RHP Zach Neal (released by Marlins, March 26), C Ryan Delgado (Fargo-Moorhead (American Association))
Released: RHP Daniel Petitti, LHP Chaz Mye, OF Royce Consigli
Traded: LHP Travis Blackley to Astros for OF Jake Goebbert
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Will Harris, RHP Dan Otero, LHP Pedro Figueroa, LHP Jordan Norberto, SS Andy Parrino
Option transferred: RHP Arnold Leon (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: 1B Daric Barton (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Andrew Carignan, RHP Ryan Doolittle, RHP Shawn Haviland, RHP Brett Hunter, LHP Trey Barham, LHP Brent Powers, LHP Julio Ramos, C Diomedes Lopez, C Beau Taylor, 2B Chih-Fang Pan, 3B Chad Lewis, OF Rashun Dixon

Jake Goebbert could boost his fourth-outfielder profile by taking up center field, but given his below-average speed and range, he’ll probably have to settle for being a lefty-swinging, line-drive hitting, strike-zone managing, gap-power-having corner outfielder. The ’09 13th-rounder from Northwestern hit .304/.399/.473 with nine homers in 368 at-bats for Double-A Corpus Christi last season, showing a fine 55-to-57 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
2B Shawn Williams (released and re-signed)
Released: RHP Jordan Ellis, 2B Shawn Williams
Acquired: SS Jose Mojica from Yankees for future considerations
Returned Rule 5 selection: OF Ender Inciarte (to Diamondbacks)
Added to 40-man roster: C Humberto Quintero
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Stutes
Option transferred: LHP Mauricio Robles, C Sebastian Valle (both players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Edgar Garcia, RHP Kenny Giles, LHP Tom Cochran, LHP Mario Hollands, C Kevin Quaranto, 2B Alejandro Villalobos, 2B Shawn Williams, SS Andres Blanco, SS Matt Tolbert, OF Miguel Alvarez, OF Kelly Dugan, OF Jiwan James, OF Peter Lavin

Ender Inciarte made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, though he lost his place on Day Two when the organization claimed Ezequiel Carrera on waivers from the Indians.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released:
3B Jeremy Farrell
Acquired: C Brian Jeroloman from Indians for future considerations
Acquired: C Troy Snitker from Braves for future considerations
Option transferred: RHP Stolmy Pimentel (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Beckman, RHP Aaron Pribanic, LHP Rinku Singh, C Brian Esposito, C Rudy Pena, 3B Jolbert Cabrera, OF Evan Chambers, OF Miles Durham, OF Austin McClune, OF Gavi Nivar, OF Anthony Norman

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
1B David Bergin, OF Chris Edmondson, OF David Medina
Recalled: SS Ryan Jackson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Maikel Cleto, OF Adron Chambers
Option transferred: RHP Michael Blazek, RHP Keith Butler, LHP Kevin Siegrist (all three players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle Barraclough, RHP Logan Billbrough, RHP Chris Corrigan, RHP Scott Gorgen, RHP Aidan Lucas, RHP Zach Russell, RHP Jordan Swagerty, LHP Ryan Sherriff, LHP Jay Voss, C Juan Castillo, 1B Jeremy Schaffer

San Diego Padres
Released:
C Matt Colantonio, C Chris O’Dowd, SS Tyler Stubblefield, OF Mike Gallic
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Jedd Gyorko, 3B Cody Ransom
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tommy Layne, 1B Kyle Blanks
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Hayden Beard, RHP Chris Fetter, RHP Greg Gonzalez, RHP Adys Portillo, RHP Jason Ray, RHP Jerry Sullivan, LHP Juan Oramas, 2B Anthony Contreras, 2B Casey McElroy, 3B Edinson Rincon, SS Beamer Weems, OF Luis Domoromo, OF Rymer Liriano
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Matt LaChappa

Jeff Gyorko hit .257/.286/.486 (19-for-74) with four homers during spring training, but his place on the active roster was secured when third baseman Chase Headley and second baseeman Logan Forsythe started on the big league disabled list.

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Ramon Ramirez (re-signed)
Released: RHP Kevin Couture, RHP Willy Lebron, RHP Mitch Mormann, RHP Shawn Sanford, RHP Kyle Vazquez, LHP Franklin Noel, LHP Matt Yourkin, 2B Carlos Willoughby, 3B Daniel Mayora, OF Mike Mergenthaler
Traded: RHP Scott Proctor to Orioles for cash considerations
Recalled: SS Nick Noonan
Added to 40-man roster: C Guillermo Quiroz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jean Machi, OF Francisco Peguero
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Hunter Strickland
Option transferred: SS Ehire Adrianza (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Bochy, RHP Drew Bowlin, RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Edward Concepcion, RHP Paul Davis, RHP Jacob Dunnington, RHP Austin Fleet, RHP Stephen Harrold, RHP Shane Loux, RHP Jon Meloan, RHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Ryan Sadowski, RHP Justin Schumer, RHP Mason Tobin, LHP Kelvin Marte, LHP Carlos Teller, C Trevor Brown, C Tyler LaTorre, C Brad Moss, C Jesus Navarro, 2B Brock Bond, 3B Myles Schroder

The Giants claimed Hunter Strickland on waivers from the Pirates. Pittsburgh acquired him in the trade that sent Adam LaRoche to the Red Sox.

Seattle Mariners
Released:
LHP Eric Niesen, C Ronny Paulino, 1B Dennis Raben, 2B Eric Farris, OF Dan Carroll
Added to 40-man roster: RHP D.J. Mitchell
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP D.J. Mitchell
Option transferred: RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Chance Ruffin, 3B Vinnie Catricala (all three players Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyler Blandford, RHP Moises Hernandez, RHP Erasmo Ramirez, RHP Jandy Sena, LHP Anthony Fernandez, LHP Anthony Vasquez, C Marcus Littlewood, 1B Mickey Wiswall, 2B Dillon Hazlett, 2B Stefen Romero, OF Joe Dunigan, OF Mike McGee, OF Kalian Sams
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Brent Johnson

The Mariners parted ways with two more one-time organization prospects at the end of spring training. Joining Jharmidy DeJesus and Mario Martinez (from the previous installment) on the discard pile are ’07 third-rounder Dan Carroll and ’08 second-rounder Dennis Raben. Carroll showed off versatility and plus wheels—he stole 62 bases in ’11—but hit just .274/.388/.435 in 708 plate appearences for hitter’s paradise high Class A High Desert. Injuries, and not a lack of production, doomed former Miamia Hurricane Dennis Raben. The first baseman mashed 39 homers and slugged .565 in 182 career games for High Desert.

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Kris Carlson, RHP R.J. Davis, RHP Rob Finneran, RHP Alex Keudell, RHP Jason McEachern, RHP Jason Wilson, LHP Kevin James, C Alejandro Torres, 1B Mike Sheridan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Juan Oviedo**, RHP Jamey Wright**, 1B Shelley Duncan
Designated for assignment: C Robinson Chirinos, C Stephen Vogt
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Nevarez, RHP Zach Quate, RHP Wilking Rodriguez, RHP Trevor Shull, LHP Grayson Garvin, SS Brandon Martin, SS Juniel Querecuto, OF Brett Nommensen

A 13th-round pick in ’08, high school righty Jason McEachern reached the low Class A Midwest League but never delivered on his projection and enhanced his fastball velocity.

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Tim Kennelly (released by Phillies, March 16)
Released: RHP Shawn Blackwell, RHP Jorge DeJesus, RHP Kyle Devore, RHP Ben Henry, RHP Brandon Kuter, RHP Daniel Lopez, RHP Steve McKinnon, RHP Yonata Ortega, RHP Zach Osborne, RHP Denny Peralta, RHP Andres Perez-Lobo, RHP Zach Simons, RHP Chance Sossamon, RHP Matt Thompson, RHP Brett Weibley, LHP Tim Murphy, LHP Austen Thrailkill, 1B Brandon Allen, 1B Yefry Castillo, 2B Gabe Suarez, 3B Marquez Smith, OF Jared Prince, OF Jeremy Williams
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Burns, RHP Josh Lindblom, SS Jurickson Profar
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Derek Lowe**, OF Jeff Baker**
Option transferred: RHP Wilmer Font, RHP Neil Ramirez (both players Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: LHP Brad Mills (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kyle McClellan, RHP Francisco Mendoza, RHP Justin Miller, RHP David Perez, RHP Tyler Tufts, RHP Matt West, LHP Chad Bell, LHP Richard Bleier, LHP Greg Williams, C Juan Apodaca, C Vin DiFazio, 1B Jhonny Gomez, 1B Ronald Guzman, 2B Nick Urbanus, OF Mike Bianucci

The Rangers selected Marquez Smith from the Reds in December’s minor league Rule 5 draft.

Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
RHP Julio Carmona, 1B Ryan Strieby, OF Kenen Bailli, OF Chris Peters
Traded: 1B Lars Anderson to White Sox for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Burnett, 1B Clint Robinson
Option transferred: 1B Clint Robinson (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: 1B Lars Anderson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dan Barnes, RHP Chad Jenkins, RHP Dayton Marze, RHP Todd Redmond, RHP John Stilson, LHP John Anderson, LHP Evan Crawford, LHP Sean Nolin, LHP Tyler Ybarra, C A.J. Jimenez, 1B K.C. Hobson, 2B Lance Zawadzki

The Blue Jays claimed Alex Burnett (Twins) and Clint Robinson (Pirates) on waivers this spring.

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Mike Broadway (released by Padres, March 23), RHP Chris Young (re-signed), C Sean McCauley
Released: RHP Alex Kreis, RHP Hassan Pena, LHP Brandon Mann, OF Ray Kruml
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Wirkin Estevez, RHP Cole Kimball, RHP Brad Meyers, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, RHP Cameron Selik, RHP Matt Torra, RHP Dean Weaver, LHP Bill Bray, LHP Matt Purke, LHP Todd Simko, LHP Sammy Solis, C Sam Palace, C Andruth Ramirez, C Kris Watts, 3B Melvin Dorta, SS Brian Bocock, OF Erik Komatsu, OF Jason Michaels, OF Chris Rahl