Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Nov. 17 and 21. Last week’s transactions available here.

The full list of  40-man roster additions made in October and November to protect players from December’s Rule 5 draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Esmerling Vasquez, C Wilkin Castillo, OF Javier Brito

Atlanta Braves
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Jairo Cuevas, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP Zach Schreiber

Baltimore Orioles
LHP Chris Waters, C Omir Santos

Boston Red Sox
RHP Lee Gronkiewicz
Selected to 40-man roster: 1B Chris Carter, SS Argenis Diaz

Gronkiewicz, 29, turned in a typically-strong relief campaign, going 6-3, 2.41 with 83-10 K-BB in 74 2/3 innings in the Blue Jays system this season. Signed as a nondrafted free agent by the Indians from South Carolina in 2001, the 5-foot-10 Gronkiewicz has had to fight for every opportunity. He’s also been a middle reliever for Team USA the last two years, teams that won both the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2006 and the recent World Cup.

Chicago Cubs
RHP Cory Bailey, RHP Mike Smith, C J.D. Closser, C Danny Fatheree, SS Andres Blanco, OF Andres Torres

The 30-year-old Smith, a member of the minor league free agent team, has posted a 4.59 ERA in 676 Triple-A innings. A fine center fielder, Torres, 29, batted .292/.363/.484 in the Tigers system in 2007. 

Chicago White Sox
RHP John Wesley
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Jack Egbert, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Adam Russell, C Cole Armstrong

Cincinnati Reds
RHP Jon Adkins
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Richie Gardner, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Daryl Thompson, LHP Tyler Pelland, C Craig Tatum, SS Paul Janish

Adkins was the other guy in the trade that sent Heath Bell from Mets purgatory to the forefront of the Padres bullpen. San Diego shipped Adkins and Ben Johnson to New York for Bell and Royce Ring. Bell, of course, led all big league relievers in innings (93 2/3) and strikeouts (102). Tatum impressed scouts with his improved bat and excellent catch-and-throw skills in the Arizona Fall League.

Cleveland Indians
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Adam Miller, LHP Scott Lewis, LHP Reid Santos, LHP Tony Sipp, C Wyatt Toregas

Colorado Rockies
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Esmil Rogers, RHP Pedro Strop

Strop, a converted shortstop, was rumored to be a top Rule 5 candidate a year ago, when he was left unprotected. He went 5-2, 4.28 with 75 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings.

Detroit Tigers
C Dane Sardinha
Outrighted of 40-man roster: LHP Danny Christensen

Acquired just this month as the player to be named in the trade for righthander Roman Colon, Christensen was excised from the big league roster to get the Tigers down to 40. 

Florida Marlins
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Scott Nestor, OF Jai Miller

Houston Astros
RHP Levi Romero
Released: LHP Ryan Owens
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Samuel Gervacio, RHP Brad James, RHP Chad Reineke

Kansas City Royals
RHP Roman Colon
Outrighted of 40-man roster: RHP Roman Colon
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Julio Pimentel, LHP Tyler Lumsden, C Matt Tupman, 3B Mario Lisson

Los Angeles Dodgers
C Rene Rivera
Outrighted of 40-man roster: LHP Mike Megrew
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Mario Alvarez, RHP James McDonald, RHP Justin Orenduff, RHP Ramon Troncoso, RHP Cory Wade, C Lucas May, OF Xavier Paul

Milwaukee Brewers
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Tim Dillard, RHP Luis Pena, C Lou Palmisano, SS Alcides Escobar

Pena, 24, is a 6-foot-5 Venezuelan who was touching 99 mph with his fastball in the Southern League playoffs. He had 12 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 47 innings for the Stars, with 42 strikeouts.

Minnesota Twins
C Eli Whiteside, OF Jon Knott
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Bobby Korecky, 2B Matt Tolbert, 3B Matt Macri

Knott, 29, has carved out a career as a minor league slugger, hitting .270/.354/.515 in 477 Triple-A games in the Padres and Orioles systems. He signed as a nondrafted free agent from Mississippi State in 2001. 

New York Mets
Placed on restricted list:
C Aaron Hathaway
Reinstated from inactive list: C Aaron Hathaway

New York Yankees
3B Carlos Mendoza
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Steven White, C Francisco Cervelli

Oakland Athletics
RHP Chris Gissell, C Justin Knoedler, 1B Casey Rogowski
Traded: 2B Marco Scutaro to Blue Jays for RHP Kristian Bell and RHP Graham Godfrey
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Jeff Gray, RHP Henry Rodriguez, C Landon Powell, SS Gregorio Petit, OF Richie Robnett

Just 26 and a converted catcher drafted in the fifth round from Miami (Ohio) in 2001, Knoedler has hit .273/.338/.420 in 245 Triple-A games for the Giants. He was one of the more attractive minor league free agents available. A fine defensive first baseman and lefty batter, Rogowski has hit .259/.346/.418 in 264 Triple-A games for the White Sox. He has some corner outfield experience, too, so he could make it as an extra guy. 

Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Ron Chiavacci, RHP Matt Childers, RHP Kris Wilson, C Casey Smith, 1B Andy Tracy, OF Michael Restovich, OF Brandon Watson
Selected to 40-man roster: C Jason Jaramillo, 2B Brad Harman

A 44th-round pick of the Expos from Kutztown (Pa.) State in 1998, Chiavacci, 30, has posted a 4.38 ERA in 101 Triple-A games in the Expos, Pirates and Tigers systems. Watson, himself an Expos draft pick in the ninth round of 1999, authored a 43-game hitting streak this season, setting the new International League standard. Still just 26, the lefty-hitting Watson offers little power but has batted .312/.352/.371 in 393 Triple-A games. 

Pittsburgh Pirates
C Michel Hernandez
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Olivo Astacio, RHP Ronald Belisario, SS Brian Bixler

St. Louis Cardinals
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Kyle McClellan, RHP Jason Motte, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Mark Worrell, 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir

San Diego Padres
SS Jon Schemmel

San Francisco Giants
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Kelvin Pichardo, 2B Travis Denker, OF John Bowker, OF Clay Timpner

Seattle Mariners
RHP Roy Corcoran
Selected to 40-man roster: RHP Joe Woerman, 2B Yung-Chi Chen

Tampa Bay Rays
OF Jon Weber
Selected to 40-man roster: LHP James Houser, C John Jaso, OF Fernando Perez, OF Jason Pridie

Texas Rangers
Selected to 40-man roster:
RHP Thomas Diamond, LHP Matt Harrison, C Max Ramirez, OF Brandon Boggs

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Scott Richmond, RHP Jeremy Zick, SS Pedro Lopez, SS Hector Luna
Traded: RHP Kristian Bell and RHP Graham Godfrey to Athletics for 2B Marco Scutaro
Selected to 40-man roster: LHP David Purcey

Washington Nationals
RHP Tristan Crawford, RHP Steven Shell, 1B Luis Jimenez, 3B Yurendell De Caster, OF Jason Dubois