Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.

Last week’s transactions available here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
C Roberto Cruz
Reinstated from inactive list: C Roberto Cruz

Baltimore Orioles
RHP Esteban Yan, LHP Alberto Castillo-Betancourt, C Chris Heintz

Boston Red Sox
RHP Willy Mota and RHP Miguel Socolovich to White Sox for RHP David Aardsma

For all his promise, Aardsma, the Giants’ first-round pick from Rice in 2003, never has put it all together in the big leagues. He joins his fourth organization after being designated for assignment by the White Sox a week prior to this trade. Walks (5.1 per nine) and home runs (1.3 per nine) have been Aardsma’s undoing, but he’s a legitimate three-pitch reliever who can reach the mid-90s with his heater. His minor league numbers, particularly a 235-108 K-BB mark in 241 innings, suggest he’s capable of more, but even there his walks are on the high side for a pitcher with is pedigree.

Chicago White Sox
RHP David Aardsma to Red Sox for RHP Willy Mota and RHP Miguel Socolovich

Cleveland Indians
RHP Jorge Julio
Released: OF Stephen Douglas

Julio played a key part in the Rockies’ phenomenal finish last season, posting a 3.93 ERA to go with 50-20 K-BB in 53 innings, but teams remain mindful of his recent body of work—which includes inflated ERAs of 5.90 (’05 Orioles), 5.06 (’06 Mets) and 12.54 (’07 Marlins). The last two figures covered a small number of innings, but they do suggest his flammable nature.

Colorado Rockies
RHP Sandy Nin

Florida Marlins
Reinstated from inactive list:
SS Jose Munoz

Houston Astros
RHP Erick Abreu, RHP Brian Moehler, C Josh Johnson

Kansas City Royals
OF Brian Buchanan

Los Angeles Dodgers
LHP Mike Myers, 2B Ramon Martinez

Milwaukee Brewers
3B Abraham Nunez

With Pedro Feliz in Philadelphia for the next two years, Nunez’ hot-corner defense became redundant. Nunez, 32 next year, can switch-hit, but he’s a career .242/.313/.314 batter, so the emphasis falls on the "switch." How much better is Feliz at bat, though? Only incrementally so. Feliz, who is a year older and bats only righthanded, has a career line of .252/.288/.433.

Minnesota Twins
LHP Ben Julianel

New York Mets
RHP Nelson Figueroa

New York Yankees
RHP Fred Jones

Oakland Athletics
C Casey Myers

Philadelphia Phillies
IF Jakub Sladek

Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Emilis Guerrero

San Diego Padres
OF Jody Gerut

Absent from the major league landscape since 2005 because of a knee injury, Gerut gets a shot to win a job in the wide-open Padres’ outfield. A rookie sensation when he batted .279/.336/.494 with 22 homers for the ’03 Indians, Gerut was limited to just 193 games in the two following seasons, which he spent with the Indians, Cubs and Pirates. Now 30, he’ll contend with other non-roster invitees Chip Ambres and Jeff DaVanon to be added to the 40-man roster, where playing time could be had backing up or platooning with Scott Hairston in left field. Brian Giles and Jim Edmonds appear to be locks in right and center.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
LHP Brian Anderson, C Josh Paul

Texas Rangers
RHP Trey Hodges

Toronto Blue Jays
LHP Mike Gallo

Washington Nationals
OF Steve Doetsch