Minor League Transactions: Oct. 2-8

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Oct. 2-8.

The players in this installment who have elected free agency have done so under Article XX(D) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which states in part: "Any player whose contract is assigned outright to a minor league club for the second time or any subsequent time in his career may elect . . . to become a free agent." Players can begin filing the day after the regular season ends, and up through Oct. 15.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
OF Brent Clevlen (re-signed)
Released: RHP Victor Acosta, RHP Chase Brewer, RHP Victor Capellan, RHP Tanner Hamilton, RHP Kyle Owings, RHP Chris Pack, RHP Dexter Price, RHP Michael Rivera, LHP Harry Marino, LHP Elroy Urbina, C Kevin Dultz, C Bryan Henry, 1B Jake Williams, 2B Jesus Abreu, 2B Eric Groff, 3B Jimmy Comerota, 3B Miles Walding, OF Shaun Cooper
Elected free agency: LHP Zach Kroenke
Reinstated from DL: C Raywilly Gomez

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
C Nathan Hass, OF Juan Reyes

The Braves signed Nathan Hass, an 18-year-old Australian catcher who told the Sunshine Coast Daily, "My goal is to get signed to play professional—go as high as I can over in the States."

Baltimore Orioles
Elected free agency:
OF Jai Miller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dennis Torres, C Tanner Murphy, 1B Nik Balog, 2B Tommy Richards, SS Byron Capellan, OF Oswill Lartiguez

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Jose de la Torre (re-signed), C Matt Spring (re-signed)
Elected free agency: 2B Nate Spears
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brian Johnson

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Melvin Rosa
Elected free agency: RHP Randy Wells, LHP Alex Hinshaw, 2B Blake DeWitt

Cincinnati Reds
Assigned to Arizona Fall League:
RHP Tim Crabbe, RHP Drew Hayes, RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Josh Ravin, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Billy Hamilton, OF Donald Lutz
Reinstated from DL: 2B Ty Washington, 3B Gabriel Rosa

Cleveland Indians
Elected free agency:
RHP Dan Wheeler

Colorado Rockies
Elected free agency:
RHP Mike Ekstrom
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Cory Riordan, RHP Coty Woods, LHP Isaiah Froneberger, C Lars Davis, C Jose Gonzalez, OF Corey Dickerson, OF Kent Matthes

Houston Astros
Elected free agency:
SS Brian Bixler, SS Angel Sanchez, OF Travis Buck

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Fernando Cruz, RHP Julio Morales, RHP Bryan Paukovits, RHP Andrew Stueve, RHP Ryan Wood, LHP Dave Middendorf, C Travis Lane, C Tyler Smith, OF Lance Harper
Elected free agency: RHP Roman Colon, OF Mitch Maier

The Royals felt like they got terrific value in the seventh round of the ’07 draft, signing shortstop/third baseman Fernando Cruz for $125,000 out of Puerto Rico. He qualified for the draft a year early and played his entire pro debut season at age 17, but despite his youth, strong bat speed and athleticism, Cruz failed to develop his power stroke. The Royals tried Cruz at catcher in ’09 before scrapping the position-player notion all together after he hit .233/.269/.294 in 987 pro at-bats. The Royals shifted him to the mound in ’11, though he didn't advance past the Rookie-level Pioneer League after logging a 7.32 ERA and 1.88 WHIP over 59 relief innings.

Los Angeles Angels
Elected free agency:
OF Ryan Langerhans

Los Angeles Dodgers
Elected free agency:
OF Trent Oeltjen

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Darren Byrd (re-signed)
Elected free agency: RHP Vinnie Chulk, RHP Tim Dillard

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
3B Deibinson Romero (re-signed)
Elected free agency: 1B Sean Burroughs
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tim Atherton, RHP Luke Bard, RHP Dallas Gallant, RHP Jhon Garcia, RHP Marty Popham, RHP Adrian Salcedo, RHP Dan Sattler, RHP Tim Shibuya, RHP Manuel Soliman, RHP Alex Wimmers, RHP Brendan Wise, LHP Matt Maloney, 1B Mike Gonzales, 2B Adam Bryant, OF Jake Proctor

New York Mets
Elected free agency:
RHP Jack Egbert, LHP Garrett Olson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ernesto Yanez, OF Eris Peguero

New York Yankees
Elected free agency:
RHP Ryota Igarashi, OF Darnell McDonald
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kelvin Castro

Oakland Athletics
Reinstated from DL:
RHP Derek DeYoung

Philadelphia Phillies
Elected free agency:
OF Jason Pridie

Pittsburgh Pirates
Elected free agency:
RHP Evan Meek, LHP Doug Slaten, 2B Drew Sutton
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Kyle Kaminska

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Cole Brand, RHP Roberto Canache, RHP Kevin Jacob, RHP Dyllon Nuernberg, RHP Jose Pasen, RHP Chase Reid, RHP Jess Todd, RHP Ramon Ulacio, LHP Ryan Copeland, LHP Nick Gillung, LHP Matt Rein, C Kolby Byrd, C Nick Derba, 1B Mike Knox, 2B Jeremy Patton, 3B Packy Elkins, 3B Garrett Wittels, OF Corderius Dodd, OF Roberto Reyes

The Cardinals originally drafted righty Jess Todd in the second round of the ’07 draft, then traded him (and Chris Perez) to the Indians for Mark DeRosa in June ’09. While Perez developed into Cleveland's closer, Todd floundered in his big league time (7.62 ERA, 1.94 WHIP in 20 relief appearances), fell out of favor and rode the waiver wire during the ’11 season, going from the Indians to the Yankees to the Cardinals that May. The 26-year-old Todd posted 9.9 strikeouts and 2.8 walks per nine innings with Triple-A Memphis this season, though with 80 hits allowed in 66 1/3 innings his WHIP was 1.52.

San Diego Padres
Elected free agency:
RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Kip Wells
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Kevin Quackenbush, RHP Matt Stites, LHP Robbie Erlin, LHP Josh Spence, 1B Nate Freiman, 2B Cory Spangenberg, SS Jeudy Valdez, OF Rymer Liriano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Corey Kimber, RHP Uber Paz, 1B Jose Dore

San Francisco Giants
Assigned to Arizona Fall League:
RHP Jake Dunnington, RHP Heath Hembree, LHP Chris Gloor, 1B Ricky Oropesa, SS Joe Panik, OF Gary Brown
Reinstated from DL: LHP Bryce Bandilla

Seattle Mariners
Elected free agency:
LHP Cesar Jimenez, OF Mike Wilson

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Carlos Cedeno, LHP Joan Guerrero, OF Joel Caminero
Elected free agency: 3B Brooks Conrad
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Lenny Linsky, RHP Kirby Yates, LHP Chris Rearick, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, 3B Richie Shaffer, SS Tim Beckham, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Kevin Kiermaier

Texas Rangers
Elected free agency:
SS Alberto Gonzalez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Castro

Toronto Blue Jays
Elected free agency:
RHP Shawn Hill, RHP Bobby Korecky, RHP Scott Richmond, LHP Aaron Laffey
Removed from 40-man: RHP Shawn Hill, RHP Bobby Korecky, LHP Aaron Laffey (all players outrightred to Triple-A)

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