Minor League Transactions: Nov. 9-15

To the commenter who noted that Cubs catcher Mark Johnson ought to be a free agent: You were right. Johnson shows up as a free agent in this installment of transactions.

Six other players qualified for minor league free agency, if only briefly, before re-upping with their prior organizations: SS Christian Lara (Dodgers), SS Mario Lisson (Royals), LHP Drew Rundle (Philllies) and the Rangers trio of 2B Travis Adair, RHP Chris Mobley and SS Guilder Rodriguez. That is to say, these players technically hit the free agent market and then quickly re-signed one or two days later.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
OF Ryan LaPensee (NDFA—Wayne State (Mich.))

A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Ryan LaPensee finished a four-year career at Wayne State University as the school's all-time leader in hits, runs and doubles. He went undrafted in June and signed on to play in Canada's semipro Intercounty Baseball League. From there, LaPensee earned a tryout with the Padres, who did not offer him a contract. But the Diamondbacks caught word and signed him.

Atlanta Braves
Released:
C Chris Anderson, 1B Alberto Odreman, 3B Samuel Sime, OF Luis Sumoza
Removed from 40-man roster: RHP Kenshin Kawakami

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Mitch Atkins

Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Chez Angeloni

Chicago Cubs
Granted free agency:
C Mark Johnson
Elected free agency: OF Brad Snyder
Removed from 40-man roster: OF Brad Snyder
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP David Cales, RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Jake Muyco, RHP Kyle Smit, 2B Ryan Flaherty, 3B Josh Vitters, OF Brett Jackson

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
3B Dallas McPherson

Dallas McPherson led the minor leagues with 42 home runs while playing for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2008. He hasn't played a full season in two years since, but he did hit 22 homers in 84 games for Triple-A Sacramento in the Athletics chain this year.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
C Corky Miller (re-signed)
Released: LHP Ben Jukich
Elected free agency: C Corky Miller (subsequently re-signed)
Removed from 40-man roster: C Corky Miller

The Reds released Ben Jukich, reportedly so he could sign with the LG Twins in Korea.

Cleveland Indians
Released:
C Miguel Fuentes

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Jonnathan Aristil (re-signed), 2B Jason Van Kooten (re-signed)
Traded: OF Anthony Jackson to Dodgers as player to be named for RHP Octavio Dotel

Detroit Tigers
Released:
2B Carmelo Jaime

Florida Marlins
Signed:
RHP Zach Dials, LHP Darin Downs, LHP Mark McLemore (Chico (Golden)), OF Jose Duarte

Righthanded reliever Zach Dials has run up high strikeout rates in high Class A with steady 90-94 mph velocity and a good changeup, but his command has been far too inconsistent to thrive even in Double-A. Drafted by the Blue Jays in 2006, released during the 2010 season and subsequently signed by the Nationals, he could benefit from a change of scenery.

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Fernando Rodriguez, RHP Ross Wolf, C Carlos Corporan

Kansas City Royals
Traded:
OF David DeJesus to Athletics for RHP Vin Mazzaro and LHP Justin Marks
Elected free agency: RHP Brian Bannister
Removed from 40-man roster: RHP Brian Bannister

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Kazuya Takano, LHP Kazuki Nishijima, C Hector Gimenez
Acquired: OF Anthony Jackson from Rockies as player to be named for RHP Octavio Dotel
Voluntarily retired: C Esteban Lopez
Granted free agency: SS Christian Lara (quickly re-signed)

A 16th-round pick from Pacific in 2006, Anthony Jackson spent two seasons with Double-A Tulsa, hitting just .236/.327/.310 in 856 at-bats. A 26-year-old center fielder, he stole 60 bases and sported a strong 104-to-131 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Based on information from Japan, Kazuki Nishijima is a 21-year-old lefty who just graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo. Righthander Kazuya Takano is a high school senior whose class graduates in the spring. Both Japanese amateurs were preliminarily assigned to the Rookie-level Arizona League. (Dodgers correspondent Kevin Baxter)

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Yorman Bazardo, LHP Jake Stevens, 2B Chase Lambin

Chase Lambin made the Triple-A International League all-star team in 2010, his first year back in the States after a year spent in Japan. He switch-hits while offering some pop and positional flexibility.

New York Mets
Signed:
LHP Mike O'Connor (re-signed)

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Gabe DeHoyos, OF Jai Miller
Traded: RHP Vin Mazzaro and LHP Justin Marks to Royals for OF David DeJesus
Removed from 40-man roster: RHP Justin Souza

The Athletics briefly held Jai Miller in their midst during the season. They claimed him on waivers from the Marlins on April 8 but subsequently lost him on an April 26 waiver claim to the Royals. All told, he batted .252/.326/.490 with 18 homers in 345 at-bats in Triple-A this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
LHP Justin Thomas (re-signed)

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Justin Miller, RHP Yusmeiro Petit (re-signed), SS Sean Kazmar

By signing with the Mariners, well-traveled righty reliever Justin Miller joins his ninth organization. Working backward, he pitched for the Dodgers, Giants, Marlins, Phillies, Devil Rays, Blue Jays, Athletics and Rockies.

Seattle also inked shortstop Sean Kazmar, formerly of the Padres. He's a steady defender with limited offensive upside.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Cory Wade

Cory Wade served as a key cog in the Dodgers' 2008 playoff bullpen as 25-year-old rookie.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
LHP Willie Collazo (re-signed), LHP Mike Hinckley
Released: RHP Zach Anderson, RHP Chris Enourato
Elected free agency: OF Dewayne Wise
Removed from 40-man roster: OF Dewayne Wise

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Carlos Martinez (re-signed), RHP Tim Wood
Elected free agency: RHP Joe Bisenius
Removed from 40-man roster: RHP Joe Bisenius

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