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Minor League Transactions: Nov. 15-21

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
C Ryan Budde
Traded: RHP Adam Worthington to Phillies as player to be named for LHP Mike Zagurski

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
LHP Dusty Hughes, C J.C. Boscan (re-signed), 1B Ian Gac, 2B Drew Sutton, SS Josh Wilson, OF Luis Durango, OF Brahiam Maldonado, OF Jordan Parraz
Released: C Ramon de los Santos
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jaye Chapman, RHP J.J. Hoover, LHP Luis Avilan

Slugger Ian Gac mashed 33 homers in ’11 and finished five behind minor league home run champ Bryan LaHair. The 26-year-old Gac batted .279/.358/.535 in 516 at-bats for high Class A Winston-Salem and never has appeared in a Double-A game in nine pro seasons. He has 160 professional homers but would need another 50 to crack the top 10 among active players.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Yeizer Marrugo
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Oliver Drake

According to Colombian news outlet El Universal, Yeizer Marrugo is a 17-year-old righty who started for Colombia in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Orioles scout Jorge Franco is quoted in the story as saying Marrugo topped out at 91 mph with an improved delivery.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Will Inman, LHP Justin Thomas
Released: OF Moko Moanaroa
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Drake Britton, 3B Will Middlebrooks, OF Che-Hsuan Lin

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Justin Berg (re-signed)
Elected free agency: OF Lou Montanez
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jeff Beliveau, 3B Josh Vitters, SS Junior Lake, OF Matt Szczur
Removed from 40-man: RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Kyle Smit, OF Lou Montanez (all three players outrighted to Triple-A)

Unlike the majority of former collegians added to 40-man rosters in this installment, former Villanova two-way star Matt Szczur is not an ’08 draft pick. In fact, the ’10 fifth-rounder completed his first full pro season only this year, batting .293/.335/.423 with 10 homers and 24 steals at two Class A stops. The Cubs released and re-signed Szczur in March as part of a prearranged incentive deal in which the 22-year-old gave up on a football career in exchange for $1.5 million and a (delayed) place on the 40-man roster.

Chicago White Sox
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Deunte Heath, LHP Charlie Leesman

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Chad Reineke (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kyle Lotzkar, RHP Pedro Villarreal, 1B Neftali Soto, 2B Henry Rodriguez, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Donald Lutz

Cleveland Indians
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Danny Salazar, LHP Scott Barnes, SS Juan Diaz

Colorado Rockies
Released:
RHP Claudio Vargas, SS Ryan Rohlinger
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Edwar Cabrera, LHP Christian Friedrich
Removed from 40-man: OF Andrew Brown (outrighted to Triple-A)

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
C Omir Santos (re-signed), OF Jerad Head
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tyler Stohr, LHP Casey Crosby, LHP Matt Hoffman, SS Hernan Perez, OF Avisail Garcia
Removed from 40-man: SS Cale Iorg (outrighted to Triple-A)

An Indians nondrafted free agent sign from Washburn (Kan.) University in ’05, Jerad Head spent the bulk of the past two season in Triple-A, belting 27 homers and batting .280/.336/.521 in 503 at-bats. Head collected MVP honors at the ’10 Triple-A National Championship Game for going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in Columbus' romp of Tacoma.

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Lance Pendleton (re-signed)
Elected free agency: C Carlos Corporan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Paul Clemens
Removed from 40-man: C Carlos Corporan (outrighted to Triple-A)

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
LHP Marlon Arias, LHP Tommy Hottovy
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Ryan Verdugo

Marlon Arias spent seven years in the Dodgers system, but he hasn't pitched domestically since becoming a free agent following the ’09 season. He has pitched out of the bullpen for Este of the Dominican League this winter.

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
1B Jerod Yakubik
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Fabio Martinez, RHP Ariel Pena, SS Jean Segura
Removed from 40-man: RHP Francisco Rodriguez, RHP Loek Van Mil (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
SS Luis Cruz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Josh Wall, RHP Chris Withrow, LHP Mike Antonini, OF Alex Castellanos
Removed from 40-man: RHP John Ely, RHP Carlos Monasterios (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Robert Ray, LHP Raudel Lazo, C Luke Montz (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tom Koehler, LHP Ramon Benjamin, LHP Daniel Jennings, OF Kevin Mattison

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Darren Byrd (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Santo Manzanillo, 3B Zelous Wheeler, OF Caleb Gindl, OF Brock Kjeldgaard

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Jason Bulger, RHP Samuel Deduno, RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Daryl Thompson, LHP Phil Dumatrait (re-signed), OF Matt Carson, OF Wilkin Ramirez
Released: RHP Mark Trau, OF Matej Hejma
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Gutierrez, LHP Tyler Robertson, OF Oswaldo Arcia
Removed from 40-man: RHP David Bromberg (outrighted to Triple-A)

The Twins have imported five pitchers with major league bullpen experience to minor league deals this offseason, two of whom were acquired by recently-hired assistant general manager Wayne Krivsky when he served as GM of the Reds. Daryl Thompson (17 big league innings, 8.31 ERA, 3.67 WHIP) joined Cincinnati in July ’06 in the deal that sent Austin Kearns and others to the Nationals. The Reds made righty Jared Burton (not pictured—169 IP, 3.41 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) a Rule 5 pick five months later, in December ’06. The Twins also claimed lefty Matt Maloney on waivers from the Reds this offseason, and he's yet another former Krivsky pickup. (Thanks to followers on Twitter for the tip.)

The other bullpen arms brought in by the Twins: Jason Bulger (133 IP, 4.33 ERA, 1.41 WHIP), Samuel Deduno (6 IP) and Luis Perdomo (61, 4.87, 1.51). They also re-signed Phil Dumatrait, who limited lefties to a .237/.298/.329 batting line over 85 PA in ’11.

New York Mets
Signed:
1B Valentino Pascucci (re-signed), OF Adam Loewen, OF Vinny Rottino
Elected free agency: 1B Nick Evans, OF Jason Pridie
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Robert Carson, 2B Reese Havens, SS Wilmer Flores, OF Juan Lagares, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Cesar Puello

New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Juan Cedeno (Rio Grande Valley (North American)), LHP Josh Romanski (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP David Phelps, 2B David Adams, 2B Corban Joseph, OF Zoilo Almonte

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
OF Jason Pridie
Added to 40-man roster: OF Jermaine Mitchell
Removed from 40-man: RHP Evan Scribner, OF Cedric Hunter (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

Philadelphia Phillies
Acquired:
RHP Adam Worthington from Diamondbacks as player to be named for LHP Mike Zagurski
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Phillippe Aumont, LHP Jake Diekman, C Sebastian Valle, OF Tyson Gillies

Pittsburg Pirates
Signed:
1B Stefan Welch, OF Brandon Boggs
Elected free agency: C Matt Pagnozzi
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Duke Welker, LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Justin Wilson, 1B Matt Hague, SS Jordy Mercer, OF Starling Marte
Removed from 40-man: C Matt Pagnozzi (outrighted to Triple-A)

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
3B Hector Garcia
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chuckie Fick, RHP Adam Ottavino, LHP Sam Freeman

San Diego Padres
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Nick Vincent, LHP Jose DePaula, LHP Pedro Hernandez, LHP Juan Oramas, 3B Edinson Rincon, OF Rymer Liriano

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
OF Gregor Blanco
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Hector Correa, RHP Danny Otero, 1B Angel Villalona, 2B Charlie Culberson, OF Tyler Graham, OF Roger Kieschnick

The Giants removed Angel Villalona from the restricted list and added him to the 40-man roster, even though he hasn't played in two years while standing trial for murder in the Dominican Republic. The charges ultimately were dropped (and a $139,000 settlement paid to the plaintiff), so Villalona turned around and sued the Giants for breach of contract. Correspondent Andy Baggarly reports that the Giants believe Villalona will soon receive a work visa to resume playing in the U.S.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Matt Fox, LHP Steve Garrison, SS Luis Rodriguez (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Francisco Martinez, SS Carlos Triunfel, OF Chih-Hsien Chiang

Tampa Bay Rays
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Alex Colome, RHP Wilking Rodriguez, C Stephen Vogt

Texas Rangers
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Roman Mendez, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Neil Ramirez, RHP Matt West, LHP Martin Perez

Toronto Blue Jays
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Nestor Molina, LHP Evan Crawford, C Travis d'Arnaud, 1B Mike McDade

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Carlos Maldonado (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: C Derek Norris, C Jhonatan Solano, 1B Tyler Moore, OF Eury Perez
Removed from 40-man: OF Corey Brown (outrighted to Triple-A)

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