Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between March 29 and April 4. Last week’s transactions available here.

Monster transactions blog season begins now, as teams move players between the majors and minors and from the disabled list to active duty. Keep in mind that all DL references here refer to the minor league version, thus the 7-day designation.

And for more detailed takes on players who just made or just missed making a 25-man roster, be sure to check out our AL and NL roster surprises. They’re for subscribers only.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed: 2B Guillermo Reyes (Can-Am League in ’07)
Traded: RHP Dustin Nippert to Rangers for RHP Jose Marte
Loaned to Mexican League: 3B Agustin Murillo
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jailen Peguero
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Dallas Buck, RHP Chris Kinsey, RHP Ramon Sanchez, RHP Daniel Stange, RHP Esmerling Vasquez, C Josh Ford, C Richard Mercado, SS Blake Sharpe, OF Daniel Perales, OF Joey Side
Rehab assignment: LHP Randy Johnson (Triple-A Tucson)

Atlanta Braves
Signed: 1B Scott Spiezio, 1B Scott Thorman
Released: RHP Colter Bean, C Steven Garcia, C Victor Hernandez, 1B Josh Morris, SS John Nelson, OF Larry Williams
Placed on restricted list: RHP Wiliam Ramirez
Placed on suspended list: 3B Eric Campbell
Recalled: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes
Added to 40-man roster: C Corky Miller
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Jeff Ridgway, C Clint Sammons, OF Josh Anderson
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 1B Scott Thorman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Paul Bush, RHP Erik Cordier, RHP Matt DeSalvo, RHP Tim Gustafson, RHP Moises Hernandez, RHP Joe Johnson, RHP Jose Santiago, LHP Lee Hyde, LHP Cole Rohrbough, LHP Jonny Venters, LHP Kelvin Villa, LHP Tyler Wilson, C Jeff Stevens, OF Quentin Davis

Rohrbough was set back in spring training with minor arm soreness, which may have been a residual effect from an offseason ankle injury. Campbell is suspended again by the Braves, this time for undisclosed reasons.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: 3B Jeff Nettles, SS Alex Cintron
Released: RHP Tim Lavigne, C Brian Bock, C Ryan Hubele, OF Brent Krause
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Tike Redman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brent Allar, RHP Tim Bascom, RHP Fredy Deza, RHP Cory Doyne, RHP Luis Gustavo, RHP Sean Tracey, 2B Paco Figueroa, 3B Ryan McCarthy

Boston Red Sox
Released: RHP David Thorne
Placed on restricted list: RHP Dan Miceli, LHP Ryan Phillips
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryce Cox, RHP Matt Goodson, RHP Kevin Guyette, RHP Scott Lonergan, RHP Cody McAllister, RHP Jorge Rodriguez, LHP Andrew Dobies, LHP Tommy Hottovy, LHP Michael Rozier, LHP Carlos Vasquez, C Juan Apodaca, OF Bryan Pritz
Option transferred: SS Argenis Diaz (Double-A Portland to high Class A Lancaster)

Chicago Cubs
Signed: RHP Mike Burns, RHP Andy Cavazos, LHP Randy Keisler, 2B Jesse Garcia
Released: RHP Cory Bailey, LHP Ryan O’Malley
Placed on restricted list: RHP Robert Hernandez, RHP Scott Taylor
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sean Marshall, OF Matt Murton
Option transferred: RHP Adam Harben (Double-A Tennessee to high Class A Daytona)

The Cubs were busy at the end of spring training, scooping up players released by other teams in Burns (Pirates), Cavazos (Mets), Keisler (Twins) and Garcia (Astros). Hernandez tested positive for stanozolol and he’ll sit for 50 games.

Chicago White Sox
Voluntarily retired: RHP Joseph Winn
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ehren Wassermann
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP D.J. Carrasco, RHP Jack Egbert, RHP Juan Moreno, RHP Willy Mota, LHP Justin Edwards, LHP Andy Sisco, C Eric Hollis, C Ryan Smith

Cincinnati Reds
Released: LHP Chris Michalak, SS Radhames Moreta, OF William Penniall
Placed on restricted list: RHP Harris Honeycutt, 2B Wayne Kendrick
Recalled: RHP Richie Gardner
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Johnny Cueto, RHP Mike Lincoln, LHP Kent Mercker, C Paul Bako, OF Corey Patterson
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bill Bray
Designated for assignment: LHP Jon Coutlangus
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Klinker, LHP Scott Sauerbeck, 1B Kevin Barker
Rehab assignment: C David Ross (high Class A Sarasota)

Cleveland Indians
Signed: RHP Brad Hinkle (Frontier League in ’07)
Released: OF Mike Butia
Placed on restricted list: OF Juan Valdes
Activated player signed in 2007: C Doug Pickens
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brendan Donnelly, RHP Mike Finocchi, RHP Adam Miller, RHP Nick Pesco, LHP Juan Lara, LHP Scott Lewis, LHP Tony Sipp, C Matt McBride, 1B Stephen Head, 2B Shaun Larkin

Miller is staying behind in extended spring training while he builds up his pitch counts. He missed much of the spring with blister problems.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: RHP Josh Towers
Released: RHP Alec Zumwalt, C David Parrish, 1B Fernando Seguignol, OF Jordan Czarniecki, OF Ruddy Yan
Traded: 2B Matt Kata to Pirates for future considerations
Voluntarily retired: 1B Brandon Reichert
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Micah Bowie, OF Scott Podsednik
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Speier, OF Cory Sullivan
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jose Capellan, RHP Josh Towers
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jon George, OF Joe Gaetti

Detroit Tigers
Signed: LHP Aaron Fultz, 1B Mike Hessman, OF Freddy Guzman
Released: RHP Phil Napolitan
Placed on restricted list: LHP Paul Hammond
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Aquilino Lopez, OF Clete Thomas
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Clay Rapada
Outrighted off 40-man roster: 1B Mike Hessman
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP P.J. Finigan, RHP Jeff Gerbe, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, RHP Marcelo Perez, LHP Charlie Furbush, LHP Ian Ostlund, LHP Zachary Piccola, C Andrew Graham, SS Brent Dlugach, SS Mike Hollimon

Florida Marlins
Signed: RHP Chad Harville, 1B Jeff Conine, SS Kevin Randel
Released: RHP Michael Hyle, LHP Chris Ingoglia, 1B Aaron Rifkin, SS Rex Rundgren, OF Colin Roberson
Placed on restricted list: LHP Marc Lewis, LHP Jonathan Van Looy
Placed on suspended list: RHP Tim Wood
Voluntarily retired: 1B Jeff Conine
Recalled: SS Robert Andino, OF Brett Carroll
Added to 40-man roster: C Paul Hoover, 1B Jason Wood
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eric Basurto, RHP Tim Corcoran, RHP Rodolfo Encarnacion, RHP Jason Iehl, RHP Blake Jones, RHP Josh Roberts, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Dallas Trahern, RHP Ross Wolf, C Daniel Santin, 3B Matt Dominguez, SS Guillermo Martinez
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jeff Allison
Option transferred: RHP Carlos Martinez (Triple-A Albuquerque to Double-A Carolina)
Rehab assignment: C Mike Rabelo, OF Jeremy Hermida (both high Class A Jupiter)

One of the players most identified with the Marlins franchise, Conine played on both of the franchise’s World Series-winning teams and had his wish to retire as a Marlin granted. He finished 2007 with the Mets, but also has spent time with the Royals (two stints), Orioles (two stints), Phillies and Reds. Everybody knows that Mike Piazza was a 62nd-round pick, and many know Rob Mackowiak lasted until the 53rd round and Justin Speier until the 55th. But what doesn’t get talked about much is that Conine had to wait until the 58th round in 1987 to hear his name called. The Royals took him out of UCLA, and all he did was bat .285/.347/.443 with 214 home runs in a 17-year career. Conine made two All-Star teams but never did reach the types of season milestones that get players noticed. He hit .300 four times (including a high of .319) and drove in 105 runs in 1995, but his season highs for home runs (26), doubles (36), runs (88) all fell just short of recognized standards.

Dominguez, the club’s first-round pick last year, left spring training early as he recovered from mononucleosis.

Houston Astros
Signed: RHP Joel Santo, LHP Tim Byrdak
Released: RHP Harold Eckert, RHP Felipe Garcia
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Moehler, SS Tomas Perez, OF Jose Cruz
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Chad Paronto, OF Reggie Abercrombie
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Paul Estrada, RHP Tip Fairchild, RHP Sergio Perez, RHP Chad Wagler, LHP Jeff Icenogle, LHP Mark McLemore, OF Josh Flores
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Mike DeJean, RHP Brian Gordon, RHP Josh Miller, C Jim Goethals, SS Osvaldo Fernando, OF Todd Self

Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Aroni Nina
Released: RHP Thad Markray
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jacob Rodriguez (22nd-round pick ’07)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Joel Peralta, LHP Neal Musser, 1B Ryan Shealy, OF Mitch Maier
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Jorge de la Rosa
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Braun, RHP Luis Cota, RHP Kyle Crist, RHP Patrick Green, RHP Chris Hayes, RHP Harold Mozingo, RHP Michael Penn, LHP Brent Fisher, LHP John Foster, LHP Tim Hamulack, LHP Ray Liotta, C Cody Clark, C Nick Doscher, 1B Miguel Vega, SS Edward Lucas, OF Brian Buchanan
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Greg Atencio, RHP Jarod Plummer

Rodriguez, a 22nd-round pick last year, begins serving his 50-game suspension for refusing to take a drug test. He has not yet played professionally.

Los Angeles Angels
Placed on restricted list: RHP Cory Page, RHP Angel Rosario, RHP Wagner St. Clair, LHP Blake Holler, OF Norberto Ortiz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Darren O’Day
Optioned to Triple-A: C Ryan Budde, C Bobby Wilson, 1B Kendry Morales, 3B Brandon Wood, OF Terry Evans
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Richard Aldridge, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Jeremy Haynes, RHP Alex McRobbie, RHP Tim Schoeninger, RHP Anthony Sullivan, LHP Daniel Davidson, C Hank Conger, 3B Matt Sweeney, SS Ryan Mount
Rehab assignment: RHP Scot Shields (Triple-A Salt Lake)

Conger, the Angels’ first-round pick in 2006, has a slight tear of the labrum in his right shoulder.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: LHP Mike Myers, SS Rex Rundgren
Released: RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP Brian Shackelford, OF Nook Logan, OF Wilkin Ruan
Placed on restricted list: 2B Sergio Garcia, OF Anthony Raglani
Placed on suspended list: 1B Cory Dunlap
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chan Ho Park, 3B Blake Dewitt, SS Angel Chavez
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Jason Repko
Designated for assignment: RHP Eric Hull
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Scott Elbert
Option transferred: RHP Yhency Brazoban (Triple-A Las Vegas to Double-A Jacksonville)

Simon’s big fastball has tantalized several franchises (Phillies, Giants, Rangers among them), but he didn’t have enough command of the pitch to overcome his poor secondary pitches.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: C Eric Munson
Released: C Brian Munhall
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, RHP Matt Kretzschmar, RHP Juan Sandoval, C Matthew Czimskey, C D.J. Neyens, C Angel Salome
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Richie Gardner
Optioned to Double-A: SS Alcides Escobar
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Thomas Atlee, RHP Mark DiFelice, RHP Richie Gardner, RHP Mark Rogers, RHP Travis Wendte, LHP Chris Cody, LHP Daniel Merklinger, C Lou Palmisano
Placed on temporarily inactive list: 1B Ned Yost

The Brewers adeptly used first-round picks to select franchise cornerstones Prince Fielder (2002), Rickie Weeks (2003) and Ryan Braun (2005)—and their first pick last year, Matt LaPorta, started the season in Double-A. They have yet to see those kinds of returns, however, on Rogers and Jeffress, first-rounders from 2004 and 2006. Rogers’ career has been put on hold; he missed all of ’07 after January surgery to repair fraying and tighten a ligament in his shoulder. Jeffress’ problems have been self-inflicted. With a clean bill of health and a promising early performance record, Jeffress has been injury-free, but has failed four different drug tests, all for marijuana and three of them administered by the club. He’ll sit for 50 games.

Minnesota Twins
Signed: RHP Danny Graves
Acquired: C Jair Fernandez from Mariners for rights to Rule 5 pick RHP R.A. Dickey
Placed on restricted list: RHP Frank Mata, LHP Jose Mijares, C Ryan Jorgensen, OF Eli Tintor
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Day, RHP Danny Graves, RHP Danny Hernandez, RHP Kyle Waldrop, LHP Henry Reyes, LHP Errol Simonitsch, C Jose Leger, SS Paul Kelly, SS Alejandro Machado, SS Andrew Thompson, OF Doug Deeds, OF Darnell McDonald
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Francisco Liriano
Option transferred: LHP Francisco Liriano (high Class A Fort Myers to Triple-A Rochester)

Machado’s start to the season will be delayed for six to eight weeks as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He missed last year with a similar ailment, in a season in which he was a big league Rule 5 pick.

New York Mets
Signed: OF Michael Hernandez
Released: RHP Steve Schmoll, 1B Luis Aguayo, 3B John Hattig, SS Enrique Cruz, OF Rene Reyes
Placed on restricted list: 1B Olmedo Saenz
Loaned to Mexican League: LHP Ricardo Rincon
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Nelson Figueroa, C Raul Casanova, OF Brady Clark
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Brian Stokes
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Juan Padilla, RHP Tobi Stoner, C Jean Luc Blaquiere, C Robinson Cancel, 2B Peeter Ramos, 2B Jose Valentin, 3B Shawn Bowman, SS Juan Lagares, OF Ben Johnson

New York Yankees
Signed: C Chris Stewart
Placed on restricted list: RHP Hector Noesi
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Edwar Ramirez, RHP Jose Veras, LHP Kei Igawa
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Anthony Claggett, RHP Christian Garcia, RHP Paul Patterson, RHP Michael Solbach, RHP Kevin Whelan, LHP Garrett Patterson, C Francisco Cervelli, OF C.J. Henry
Option transferred: LHP Chase Wright (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Double-A Trenton)

Oakland Athletics
Released: 1B Haas Pratt, OF Brian Stavisky
Placed on restricted list: RHP Angel Garcia, C Raul Padron
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Dallas Braden, OF Jeff Fiorentino, OF Carlos Gonzalez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Leonardo Espinal, RHP Jose Garcia, RHP Chris Gissell, RHP Shane Komine, RHP Michael Mitchell, RHP Jason Ray, RHP David Shafer, RHP Steven Sharpe, RHP Jason Windsor, LHP Bobby Cramer, LHP Dan Meyer, C Ben Barrone, 1B Steve Kleen, 2B Kevin Melillo, 3B Jeff Baisley, OF Larry Cobb, OF Aaron Cunningham, OF Todd Donovan, OF Javier Herrera
Placed on temporarily inactive list: SS Alex Valdez
Option transferred: RHP Henry Rodriguez and OF Richie Robnett (Triple-A Sacramento to high Class A Stockton), OF Javier Herrera (Sacramento to Double-A Midland)
Rehab assignment: RHP Chad Gaudin (Sacramento)

Not as celebrated as others from the ’02 draft, Stavisky was a sixth-rounder in the famed "Moneyball" class, out of Notre Dame, where he was a teammate of another more celebrated Moneyball pick, Steve Stanley. Stavisky accrued fewer than 200 at-bats in two short Triple-A stints despite hitting .306/.394/.466 in his minor league career, an indication of the weakness of his other tools. (John Manuel)

Philadelphia Phillies
Released: RHP Travis Minix, LHP Drew Taylor, SS Hector Made, SS Zachary Penprase, OF Julian Williams
Placed on restricted list: RHP Jarrod Freeman, 3B Tyler Mach
Activated player signed in 2007: RHP Jared Simon (Frontier League in ’07)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Alexander Concepcion, RHP Kyle Drabek, 2B Clay Harris, 3B Orlando Guevara
Rehab assignment: RHP Brad Lidge (high Class A Clearwater)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed: LHP Juan Perez, SS Brian Finegan, SS Josh Wilson
Released: RHP Mike Burns, RHP Devin Copley, RHP Edward Cordero, RHP Jason Sharber, RHP Josh Sharpless, RHP Matt Swanson, RHP Brian Tracy, RHP Brandon Williams, LHP Daniel Forrer, LHP Alexis Sosa, C Ricky Diaz, C Justin Elliott, 1B Daniel Rios, 2B Cameron Blair, 2B Taber Lee, SS Gabe Suarez, SS Jorge Velandia, OF Vic Buttler
Acquired: 2B Matt Kata from Rockies for future considerations
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Josh Wilson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Olivo Astacio, RHP Adam Bernero, RHP Christian Castorri, RHP Brad Clapp, RHP Jean Garavito, RHP Serguey Linares, RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Wardell Starling, RHP Justin Vaclavik, LHP Juan Perez, LHP Josh Shortslef, C Carlos Maldonado, 3B Jamie Romak
Option transferred: LHP Dave Davidson (Triple-A Indianapolis to Double-A Altoona)

The Pirates didn’t begin the 2007 season with Kata, either, but they signed him in June after he refused his minor league assignment with the Rangers and became a free agent. He’s a steadying influence for a Triple-A club—he switch-hits, makes contact, plays everywhere but catcher and shortstop and owns .286/.324/.432 averages at the level.

The fourth overall pick in 2006, Lincoln missed last season after having Tommy John surgery. He pitched in minor league spring training games, and the Pirates will assign him to a Class A club once he’s deemed ready to go.

St. Louis Cardinals
Placed on restricted list: RHP Scott Vander Weg, 3B Travis Hanson
Loaned to Mexican League: RHP Trey Hearne
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Ron Villone, 3B Rico Washington
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kelvin Jimenez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Elvis Hernandez, RHP Kris Honel, RHP Matt Scherer, RHP Mike Sillman, LHP Tyler Norrick, C Matt Pagnozzi, OF Antone DeJesus, OF James Rapoport, OF Mark Shorey
Placed on temporarily inactive list: OF Juan Gonzalez
Option transferred: OF Cody Haerther (Triple-A Memphis to Double-A Springfield)

Vander Weg failed a drug test, so he’s gone for 50 games. Yes, that is the Juan Gonzalez. The Puerto Rican slugger and two-time AL MVP has collected one big league at-bat in the past three seasons. He went down midway through spring training with an abdominal injury and he’ll be inactive until it improves. Gonzalez remains the all-time home run leader for Puerto Rican-born players, but he might not be for long, unless he makes an incredible comeback. Carlos Delgado trails Gonzalez by three, 431 to 434, as of Saturday. Third on that list: Orlando Cepeda with 379 homers. As far as challengers to the throne . . . Carlos Beltran is really the only challenger, as he has 236 career homers and doesn’t turn 31 until April 24.

San Diego Padres
Released: RHP Lee Gwaltney, RHP Chris Perez, C Justin Pickett, 2B Gabe Lopez, OF Mike Sansoe
Placed on restricted list: OF Keith Conlon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Manny Ayala, RHP Aaron Breit, RHP Matt Bush, RHP Cesar Carrillo, RHP John Hudgins, LHP Mike Johnston, LHP Nick Schmidt, LHP Will Startup, SS Jon Schemmel, OF Josh Howard, OF Danny Payne, OF Vince Sinisi
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Matt LaChappa
Option transferred: RHP Ernesto Frieri (Double-A San Antonio to high Class A Lake Elsinore), RHP Wilton Lopez (Lake Elsinore to San Antonio), C Colt Morton (Triple-A Portland to San Antonio)
Rehab assignment: OF Jim Edmonds (Lake Elsinore)

LaChappa was drafted in 1993 and hasn’t thrown a professional pitch since 1995. In a showing of supreme magnanimity, the Padres have kept the lefty on their payroll for the 13 years since back-to-back heart attacks ended his playing career. Even if you’re familiar with LaChappa’s story, do yourself a favor and check out this 2006 story from the Union-Tribune.

San Francisco Giants
Released: RHP Ben Cox, RHP Wayne Foltin, SS Anthony Contreras
Activated player signed in 2007: LHP Madison Bumgarner (10th overall pick in ’07)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Keiichi Yabu, C Stephen Holm, SS Brian Bocock
Optioned to Triple-A: C Eliezer Alfonzo
Placed on 7-day DL: C Barry Gunther, C Tyler LaTorre, C Guillermo Rodriguez
Option transferred: RHP Osiris Matos, RHP Kelvin Pichardo, 1B Travis Ishikawa, 2B Travis Denker (all Triple-A Fresno to Double-A Connecticut)
Rehab assignment: RHP Vinnie Chulk (Fresno)

Seattle Mariners
Signed: RHP Scott Shoemaker, C Korey Feiner
Released: RHP Mike Hrynio, 1B Kevin Witt, OF Casey Craig
Traded: C Jair Fernandez to Twins for rights to Rule 5 pick RHP R.A. Dickey
Placed on restricted list: RHP Chris Reitsma, C Brian Schweiger
Recalled: RHP Jon Huber
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Roy Corcoran
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP R.A. Dickey, OF Jeremy Reed,
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Brandon Morrow
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Jon Huber
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Natividad Dilone, RHP Ruben Flores, RHP Nolan Gallagher, RHP Aaron Jensen, RHP Stephen Kahn, RHP Denny Stark, LHP Arthur Rhodes, 1B Joe White
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Steve Uhlmansiek

A fourth-round pick from Stanford last year, Gallagher is recovering from bone spur surgery. He’ll miss eight to 12 weeks.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Ben Hendrickson
Released: C Josh Arhart, C Josh Paul, SS Brett Grandstrand
Placed on restricted list: RHP Juan Salas, RHP Cole Smith
Activated player signed in 2007: RHP Travis Risser (Frontier League in ’07)
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Eric Hinske
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Joel Guzman
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Juan Salas
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Grant Balfour
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Steve Andrade, RHP Woods Fines, RHP Will Kline, LHP Brian Anderson, LHP Drew Bigda, LHP David Price, LHP Chuck Tiffany, OF Jackson Brennan, OF Desmond Jennings
Option transferred: LHP James Houser, C John Jaso (Triple-A Durham to Double-A Montgomery)

Two of the Rays’ finest prospects, Price and Jennings will both miss a month or more with injury. Price, the first overall pick last year, has a sore elbow, while the speedy Jennings has an injury to his back. Salas remains in the Dominican after being unable to obtain a visa needed to re-enter the country. That’s why he’s on the restricted list, which freed up a 40-man spot for the Rays.

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Victor Prieto, LHP Chris Michalak, C Justin Pickett, 1B Jason Hart
Released: RHP Mark Alexander, 3B Edgardo Alfonzo
Traded: RHP Jose Marte to Diamondbacks for RHP Dustin Nippert
Placed on restricted list: SS Matt West
Voluntarily retired: 2B Kenny Smith
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Franklyn German, RHP Jamey Wright, C Adam Melhuse
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wes Littleton
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Nelson Cruz
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jacob Brigham, RHP Thomas Diamond, RHP Jake Dittler, RHP Willie Eyre, RHP Clayton Hamilton, RHP Levi Romero, RHP John Slusarz, LHP Glenn Swanson

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Scott Richmond (Northern League in ’07), 1B Brian Dopirak, SS Jorge Velandia
Released: 1B Freddie Thon, OF Victor Santana
Placed on restricted list: SS Juan Peralta
Activated player signed in 2007: RHP Randy Boone
Recalled: OF Buck Coats
Added to 40-man roster: OF Shannon Stewart
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Billy Carnline, RHP Lance Carter, RHP Po-Hsuan Keng, RHP Chase Lirette, RHP Adrian Martin, LHP Brandon Camardese, LHP Eric Fowler, C David Corrente, C Matt Lane, C Kevin Nelson, 1B Brant Colamarino, SS Jason Armstrong, OF David Smith
Option transferred: RHP Jean Machi (Triple-A Syracuse to Double-A New Hampshire), LHP Gustavo Chacin (Syracuse to high Class A Dunedin)

Washington Nationals
Signed: SS Ray Olmedo
Released: C Zach Booker, C Craig Stinson, 2B Brandon Powell, OF Joe Napoli
Placed on restricted list: LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa, C John Poppert, 3B Anthony Benner
Recalled: RHP Chris Schroder
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Atilano, RHP Tristan Crawford, RHP James Lehman, RHP Brad Meyers, RHP Alex Morales, 1B Brett McMillan
Rehab assignment: C Johnny Estrada (Triple-A Columbus)