Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Dec. 15, 2007, and Jan. 4, 2008. Last week’s transactions are available here.

Minor league free agent signing season is in full swing, and some notable names from prospectdom past found homes for 2008, including Tim Raines Jr., Luis Terrero, Brad Eldred, Scott Strickland, Billy Traber, Franklyn German and Bubba Nelson.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed: SS Jesus Merchan, OF Tim Raines Jr.

Atlanta Braves
RHP Jorge Campillo, RHP Matt DeSalvo, C Jean Boscan, C Ray Serrano, SS Javier Guzman

Baltimore Orioles
RHP Cory Doyne, RHP Gerard Oakes, 3B Ryan McCarthy, OF Luis Montanez, OF Luis Terrero

Boston Red Sox
LHP Jon Switzer, LHP Michael Tejera
Released: RHP Carlos Gonzalez

Chicago White Sox
RHP Mark Perkins, 1B Brad Eldred, 3B Royce Huffman
Traded: RHP Fautino de los Santos, LHP Gio Gonzalez and OF Ryan Sweeney to Athletics for OF Nick Swisher

Cincinnati Reds
RHP Dan Denham, LHP Chris Michalak, LHP Luca Panerati, LHP Adam Pettyjohn, LHP Matteo Pizziconi, 1B Kevin Barker, 1B Andy Phillips, 2B Andrew Green, 3B Jolbert Cabrera
Released: RHP Thomas Pauly, 2B Billy Rojo
Traded: OF Josh Hamilton to Rangers for RHP Edinson Volquez and LHP Danny Ray Herrera

The Reds signed two players from Italy, Panerati and Pizziconi, and it is the former who has the higher ceiling. The 6-foot-1, 156-pound Panerati, who turned 18 in December, pitched for Italy in the World Cup in Taiwan, the highlight coming when he struck out Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus. Panerati had struggled a year earlier against Team USA at the IBAF World Junior Championship in Cuba. He was named the top pitcher at the European Junior Championships when he was 17, pitching 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts. Panerati’s fastball currently tops out at 86 mph with some life, and the pitch should gain velocity as his frame fills out. His go-to pitch is his changeup, which sits in the mid-70s and tails away from righthanders. He also throws a curveball. Pizziconi turned 18 in October, and at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds he is another slender Italian lefthander. His delivery has some deception and his fastball tops out in the high-80s, but his secondary stuff is rudimentary. (Ben Badler)

Cleveland Indians
SS Brandon Chaves

Colorado Rockies
RHP Darren Clarke, LHP Micah Bowie, OF Josh Burrus

Detroit Tigers
RHP Anastacio Martinez, RHP Maxim St. Pierre, SS Caonabo Cosme

Florida Marlins
C Paul Hoover, 1B Jorge Cantu, 1B John Gall

Houston Astros
RHP Felipe Garcia, RHP Carlos Hines, RHP Natanael Mateo

Kansas City Royals
RHP Roberto Giron, OF Damon Hollins, OF Alexis Marte

Los Angeles Dodgers
2B David Nicholson

Minnesota Twins
RHP Landon Jacobsen, RHP Heath Totten
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Eli Tintor

New York Mets
RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Juan Padilla

New York Yankees
RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Billy Traber, C Jason Brown, 2B Nick Green

Oakland Athletics
RHP T.J. Franco, RHP Michael Rogers, LHP John Peterson, OF Ramiro Mendez
Traded: OF Nick Swisher to White Sox for RHP Fautino de los Santos, LHP Gio Gonzalez and OF Ryan Sweeney

Philadelphia Phillies
LHP Cory Willey, 1B Angel Negron

Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Elmer Dessens, C Miguel Perez, SS Gabriel Suarez, OF Jose Macias
Released: RHP Juan Rojas, SS Starlin Cespedes
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Masumi Kuwata

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Cliff Politte
Traded: OF Jim Edmonds to Padres for 3B David Freese

San Diego Padres
LHP Javier Lopez, LHP Mike Megrew, OF Roberto Gonzalez
Released: LHP Roger Deago
Traded: 3B David Freese to Cardinals for OF Jim Edmonds
Outrighted to Mexican League: RHP Reynaldo Morales, RHP Martin Sotelo, OF Yancarlo Angulo, OF Efren Espinoza

San Francisco Giants
C Steve Holm

Seattle Mariners
LHP Philip Barzilla, C Luis Oliveros

Tampa Bay Rays
2B Brent Butler, SS Johnny Raburn, OF John Rodriguez
Released: OF Chris Cunningham

Texas Rangers
RHP Jake Dittler, RHP Franklyn German, RHP Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP Elizardo Ramirez, RHP Tim Stanford, 3B Edgardo Alfonzo, OF Jason Ellison
Traded: RHP Edinson Volquez and LHP Danny Ray Herrera to Reds for OF Josh Hamilton

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Lance Carter, RHP Kane Davis, RHP Bubba Nelson, RHP Jamie Vermilyea, LHP Ryan Ketchner, LHP John Parrish, OF Luis Rivera, OF Matt Watson

Washington Nationals
LHP Justin Jones