Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported between Oct. 20-26. Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Esmerling Vasquez, LHP Mark Rosen, LHP Greg Smith, C Wilkin Castillo, C Josh Ford, OF Aaron Cunningham

Atlanta Braves
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Rheal Cormier

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: OF Luis Mateo
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Fredy Deza, RHP Bob McCrory

The Orioles moved to protect two hard-throwing relievers who spent time with Double-A Bowie by adding them to their major league roster. McCrory, 25, was hitting 97 mph consistently in the Arizona Fall League and showing a very good slider, helping him to six strikeouts in his first 5 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old Deza, who signed from the Dominican in 1999, can touch 94-95. He’s pitching in the Dominican League.

Chicago White Sox
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Ryan Bukvich

Cincinnati Reds
C Chris Kroski

Cleveland Indians
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Adam Miller, OF Brad Snyder

Detroit Tigers
Signed: RHP Preston Larrison, 3B Erick Almonte

Florida Marlins
Signed: 1B Jason Wood

Houston Astros
Assigned to Hawaii Winter Baseball: 3B Billy Hart

Kansas City Royals
Signed: C Doug Clark, 3B Luis Castillo
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jose Diaz

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: 2B Kevin Howard, SS Juan Gonzalez

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: RHP Mark DiFelice, RHP Mike Jones, LHP Sam Narron
Released: RHP Luis Jimenez, RHP J.T. King, RHP Craig Langille, RHP Patrick Lawler, RHP Mike Marksbury, RHP Guillermo Salinas, RHP Chris Toneguzzi, LHP Anthony Drinkard, OF Charles Iacono

From Brewers correspondent Tom Haudricourt: Jones, the Brewers’ first-round pick in 2001, was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster when catcher Eric Munson was claimed on waivers from the Astros. Jones, who missed all of 2005 while recovering from multiple shoulder surgeries, made just six appearances with Double-A Huntsville (2-2, 5.08) before undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

Minnesota Twins
Signed: 3B Tommy Watkins, SS Alejandro Machado
Released: RHP Jose Acosta, RHP Jose Castillo, RHP Jesse Floyd, RHP Danny Powers, LHP Jesus Carnevales, LHP Michael Rogers, 1B Nick Biagini, 3B Matt Betsill, OF Wesley Connor

New York Mets
Signed: C Luis Alen

Alen, a former Marlins farmhand, was rated as the No. 3 prospect in the independent leagues last season. The 22-year-old showed consistent 1.85 second pop times for Winnipeg last year and displayed a solid bat for the first time after spending most of his career as a good-glove, no-hit backstop. Alen finished eighth in the Northern League with a .330 batting average.

New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Jose Valdez, OF Jason Rees
Released: 2B Gabe Lopez

Four months after being the first to foray into China, the Yankees became the first organization to sign players from the Israeli Baseball League. Rees, 23, and catcher Eladio Rodriguez, 28, signed with the Yankees following the IBL season. Rodriguez, winner of the league’s MVP for hitting .461 with 16 homers, signed as a nondrafted free agent in 1998 with the Red Sox, for whom he spent seven seasons. He appeared in last week’s transactions.

Oakland Athletics
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Connor Robertson
Assigned to Arizona Fall League:
RHP Jeff Gray, RHP James Simmons, LHP Brad Kilby, LHP Jay Marshall, C Raul Padron, 3B Jeff Baisley, SS Cliff Pennington

Simmons joined Phillies LHP Joe Savery, Brewers OF Matt LaPorta, Mets RHP Eddie Kunz, Orioles RHP Jake Arrieta and Mariners RHP Broadie Downs as other 2007 draft picks playing in the AFL.

Philadelphia Phillies
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Joe Bisenius, RHP Pat Overholt, LHP Josh Outman, LHP Joe Savery, C Tuffy Gosewisch, 3B Mike Costanzo, OF Greg Golson
Assigned to Hawaii Winter Baseball: RHP Andrew Cruse, RHP Ronald Hill, RHP Drew Naylor

Pittsburgh Pirates
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Carlos Maldonado, 2B Matt Kata
Granted free agency: C Carlos Maldonado, 2B Matt Kata
Assigned to Hawaii Winter Baseball: OF Alexander Presley

St. Louis Cardinals
Selected to 40-man roster: OF Joe Mather

Mather hit .271/.357/.522 with 31 homers–ranking him second to Rick Ankiel’s 32 in the organization–for Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. A third-round pick from Mount Point (Idaho) High in 2001, Mather, 25, spent all of his six previous seasons below the Double-A level.

Seattle Mariners
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jorge Campillo, 2B Nick Green
Granted free agency: RHP Jorge Campillo

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Signed: RHP Travis Risser
Released: RHP Hunter Davis, RHP Matt Falk, RHP Paul Moviel, LHP Aaron Walker, C Steven Pickerell, 2B Brad Matthews, 2B Hunter Vick, SS Kevin Colon, SS Matt Devins

Risser was the No. 8 prospect in the independent leagues last year. The 22-year-old went 4-2, 1.09 with six saves in 50 innings with the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things while showcasing an 87-91 mph fastball and a tight mid-80s slider.

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Willie Eyre
Granted free agency: RHP Willie Eyre

Toronto Blue Jays
Released: RHP Chris Ashman, RHP Patrick McGuigan, LHP Jacob Cook, LHP Drew Taylor, 3B Anthony Garibaldi, 3B Kelly Sweppenhiser, OF Shawn Scobee
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jordan De Jong, RHP Lee Gronkiewicz, RHP Jamie Vermilyea

A 14th-round pick in 2006, Scobee took advantage of the favorable hitting conditions at Nevada and in the Western Athletic Conference to rank second in NCAA Division I in both slugging percentage (.847) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.385) that same year. Scobee hit .208/.325/.380 in 279 at-bats, spread over two years, for short-season Auburn, striking out 131 times in 97 games.

Washington Nationals
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Garrett Mock, LHP Justin Jones, 1B Josh Whitesell, OF Rogearvin Bernadina