Minor League Transactions

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between June 21 and 27. The previous installment is available here.

Draft pick signings are in full swing, and the numbers in parentheses below refer to draft rounds. Nondrafted free agents (with schools) also are included. Check out the 2008 Draft Database for draft picks in chronological order.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Draft picks signed: LHP Pat McAnaney (8), OF Ollie Linton (13)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Alex Romero
Reinstated from DL: LHP Edward Romero, 3B Ricardo Sosa

Atlanta Braves
Draft picks signed: RHP Adam Bullard (43)
Traded: LHP Nelson Payano to Mariners as player to be named in earlier trade for OF Greg Norton
Recalled: SS Brent Lillibridge
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jeff Ridgway
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jose Ortegano
Reinstated from DL: C Jean Boscan
Placed on temporarily inactive list: LHP Jon Rouwenhorst
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Jon Rouwenhorst

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Marcus Moore
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Ryan Bukvich
Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Freddie Bynum
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Tony Butler, C Steve Torrealba
Reinstated from DL: RHP Hayden Penn, C Zach Dillon

Boston Red Sox
Signed: OF Roberto Ramos (NDFA—Elizabeth (N.J.) HS)
Released: 3B Andrew Pinckney
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joseph Guerra, C Dennis Blackmon
Reinstated from DL: LHP Will Latimer, C Juan Apodaca, OF Reid Engel

Chicago Cubs
Released: C Roberto Sabates
Recalled: LHP Sean Marshall, 2B Eric Patterson
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Micah Hoffpauir
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Kitt Kopach, LHP Rich Hill, C Tarlandas Mitchell, OF Leon Johnson, OF Felix Pie
Reinstated from DL: 1B Matt Craig
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Jose Ascanio
Option transferred: RHP Jeff Samardzija (Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa)

With a 4.86 ERA and a 44-42 K-BB mark in 76 innings for Tennessee, Samardzija sure didn’t seem like a candidate for promotion. But the former Notre Dame wide receiver and the Cubs’ fifth-round pick in 2006 had fared all right through his first two Triple-A starts, giving up four runs on 11 hits in 12 innings. Unfortunately, the unsightly strikeout-to-walk (9-to-8) ratio remained.

Chicago White Sox
Signed: LHP Dan Puls (NDFA—Eastern Michigan), SS Bunky Kateon (NDFA—South Alabama), OF Nick Blasi
Draft picks signed: RHP Steven Upchurch (12), C Kevin Dubler (8)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nathan Jones, 1B Brad Eldred, OF Anderson Gomes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Lucas Harrell
Option transferred: RHP Lucas Harrell (Double-A Birmingham to low Class A Kannapolis)

Cincinnati Reds
Draft picks signed: RHP Enrique Garcia (24)
Acquired: 3B Aaron Herr from Indians for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Daryl Thompson
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Paul Janish
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Terrell Young

Thompson struck out 7.89 batter per nine innings in 14 minor league starts this season, while walking only 1.82 per nine, but his lack of consistent secondary stuff has hurt him a bit in the big leagues (four strikeouts, six walks in 10 innings). After shutting out the Yankees for five innings in his big league debut, Thompson, 22, surrendered four runs in five innings to the Indians his next time out.

Cleveland Indians
Signed: RHP Juan Rincon, 2B Tony Graffanino
Draft picks signed: RHP Matt Langwell (11)
Traded: 3B Aaron Herr to Reds for cash considerations
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Yamid Haad
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP T.J. Burton, SS Ronald Rivas
Reinstated from DL: 1B Michael Aubrey

Rincon, 29, refused a minor league assignment after being DFA’d by the Twins in early June, becoming a free agent. He latched on with the Indians, for whom he signed a minor league contract. The rubber-armed Rincon has really seen a diminution of stuff since his emergence in 2004. His WHIP has risen steadily in the past five years, from 1.02 to 1.75 this season—and his ERA has followed suit, ballooning from 2.63 to 6.11.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: 2B James Guerrero (Long Beach (Golden)), SS Andy Goff (NDFA—Wake Forest)
Draft picks signed: RHP Tyler Trice (21), RHP Aaron Weatherford (3)
Released: OF Dustan Mohr
Granted free agency: LHP Micah Bowie
Recalled: SS Doug Bernier
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Ian Stewart, SS Doug Bernier
Outrighted off 40-man roster: LHP Micah Bowie, SS Doug Bernier
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jon George, SS Hector Gomez

Detroit Tigers
Draft picks signed: RHP Jared Gayhart (13), RHP Cody Satterwhite (2)
Released: RHP Anthony Tomey, OF Jackson Melian
Traded: RHP Denny Bautista to Pirates for RHP Kyle Pearson
Added to 40-man roster: C Dane Sardinha
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Jeff Larish
Placed on 7-day DL: C Nick Trzesniak, SS Caonabo Cosme, OF Andrew Dirks
Reinstated from DL: C James Skelton, SS Santo De Leon, OF Timo Perez
Reinstated from inactive list: C Max St. Pierre

Florida Marlins
Voluntarily retired: RHP Shawn Phillips
Recalled: RHP Eulogio de la Cruz, C Paul Hoover, OF Jai Miller
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Lindstrom, C Mike Rabelo, OF Jai Miller
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Martinez, RHP Garrett Parcell, LHP Carlos Alvarez, 1B Matt Lokken
Reinstated from DL: RHP Todd Doolittle, RHP Kurt Koehler, RHP Shawn Phillips, C Torre Langley, OF Scott Cousins
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Gaby Hernandez

Houston Astros
Signed: OF Val Majewski
Released: C Justin Tellam
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Runelvys Hernandez, 2B David Newhan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jack Cassel, OF Mitch Einertson, OF Chris Turner
Reinstated from inactive list: C James Goethals

Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Jose Capellan, RHP Yasuhiko Yabuta, 1B Josh Vittek (NDFA—Mount St. Mary’s), OF Warren McFadden (NDFA—Tulane)
Released: RHP Roberto Giron, 3B Wilver Perez, SS Keith Smith
Recalled: RHP Joel Peralta
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Horacio Ramirez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Fulchino, RHP Carlos Rosa, RHP Yasuhiko Yabuta
Placed on 7-day DL: C Todd Balduf
Reinstated from inactive list: SS Keith Smith
Option transferred: SS Angel Sanchez (Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha)

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Steve Geltz (NDFA—Buffalo)
Released: RHP Bill Edwards, RHP Derek Schlecker, 1B Clifton Remole
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yeison Almeida, RHP David Austen, LHP Doug Brandt, 1B Michael Collins
Placed on 60-day DL: C Chad Miller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Derek Schlecker, C Ryan Budde, OF Cody Fuller, OF Chris Pettit

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Jake McCarter (NDFA—Oklahoma), RHP Heath Totten, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Rob Zimmermann, OF Mitch Jones
Draft picks signed: RHP Josh Lindblom (2), RHP Matthew Magill (31), LHP Jonathan Runnels (29)
Released: OF Greg Jacobs
Recalled: RHP Ramon Troncoso
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Falkenborg
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Brannon, LHP Marlon Arias, 2B Sergio Garcia
Reinstated from DL: C Fumimasa Ishibashi, OF Greg Jacobs

Jones comes back from a year in Japan with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and like a lot of sluggers who head East, he struggled to adapt to the foreign game. In 30 games last year, he batted .160/.208/.277 with one home run, before earning his release this June. Williams, still just 26 and six years removed from being the Giants’ top prospect, posted an 8.20 ERA in the minors for the Nationals and Twins last year, so the Dodgers are starting him in high Class A Inland Empire.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: LHP Troy Cate
Draft picks signed: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1s), LHP Lucas Luetge (21), C Michael Roberts (38)
Released: RHP Shawn Ferguson
Placed on restricted list: RHP Francisco Rivero, LHP Luis Ramirez, OF Ryan Jensen, OF Nelson Montes
Recalled: LHP Mitch Stetter
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tim Dillard, 2B Hernan Iribarren
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Robert Hinton, RHP Cody Scarpetta, LHP Derek Miller, LHP Jose Romero, 2B Ken Holmberg
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Chad Robinson, 3B Edgar Trejo
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Axford, RHP David Johnson, RHP Nick Ungs

Minnesota Twins
Draft picks signed: RHP Bruce Pugh (19), LHP Kyle Carr (12), LHP Blake Martin (17)
Released: LHP Kyle Edlich
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Matt Macri
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP John Sawatski, SS Paul Kelly
Reinstated from DL: LHP Kyle Edlich, 3B Luke Hughes, OF Jhonathan Goncalves

New York Mets
Draft picks signed: LHP Brian Valenzuela (10), 1B Ike Davis (1)
Released: RHP Robert Paulk, 2B Jose Valentin
Recalled: RHP Carlos Muniz
Optioned to Triple-A: C Robinson Cancel
Outrighted off 40-man roster: RHP Claudio Vargas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Junior Guerra, OF Brian Burgamy
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Thomas Paredes
Reinstated from DL: OF Brahiam Maldonado

New York Yankees
Signed: 1B Yunior Tabares
Draft picks signed: RHP Matt Richardson (15), OF Mike Jones (29), OF Jack Rye (13)
Released: OF Andres Dionicio, OF Donald Hollingsworth
Placed on restricted list: SS Danny Cox, OF Mitchell Delaney
Added to 40-man roster: OF Justin Christian
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Billy Traber
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Ian Kennedy
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Artz, RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Kevin Whelan, C Francisco Cervelli, 3B Brian Chavez
Transferred to 60-day DL: SS Jose Mojica
Reinstated from DL: RHP J.B. Cox, RHP Daniel Kapala, C Eladio Rodriguez

Oakland Athletics
Draft picks signed: RHP Daniel Thomas (13), LHP Anthony Capra (4)
Released: RHP Josh McLaughlin
Placed on restricted list: 1B Danny Hamblin
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Gregorio Petit
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Lenny DiNardo, OF Travis Buck
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Jorge Arrioja, RHP Kyle Christensen, RHP David Mota
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Garcia, RHP Steven Sharpe, C Jacob Smith, OF Toddric Johnson

It’s looking more and more like a lost year for Buck, the A’s second pick in 2005 who appeared more than ready for a regular role when he hit .288/.377/.474 last season as a rookie. He started this season 0-for-21 and then hit the DL with shin splints. The 24-year-old Buck hasn’t hit a lick in the big leagues, but was beginning to realize some minor league success (.337/.425/.490 in 26 games for Triple-A Sacramento) before sustaining a concussion after running into an outfield wall.

Philadelphia Phillies
Draft picks signed: RHP Jason Knapp (2)
Released: RHP Josh Eachues, RHP Joe Valentine, LHP Jason Kershner
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Herman Demmink
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alexander Concepcion, RHP Carlos Monasterios, LHP Jason Kershner, 3B Orlando Guevara

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed: RHP Ryan Drese
Released: 3B Anthony Mansolino, OF Kevin Thompson
Traded: RHP Kyle Pearson to Tigers for RHP Denny Bautista
Recalled: OF Nyjer Morgan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP T.J. Beam
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP T.J. Beam
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rodolfo Aguirre, RHP Carlos Amaro, C Milver Reyes, SS Brian Friday
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kyle Pearson, LHP Charles Benoit, C Carlos Maldonado, OF James Boone, OF Jorge Cortes

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: C Christian Rosa (Rockford (Frontier))
Released: RHP Cardoza Tucker
Recalled: RHP Mike Parisi
Added to 40-man roster: OF Nick Stavinoha
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad Thompson
Placed on 7-day DL: C Miguel de la Cruz
Reinstated from DL: LHP Floyd Norrick, OF Paul Henley

San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Steve Goins, LHP Stephen Boyd (NDFA—UC Irvine), 2B Kevin Hansen (NDFA—San Diego), SS Billy Shaughnessy (NDFA—Mercer), OF Justin Huber, OF Denton Williams
Draft picks signed: OF Jaff Decker (1s)
Recalled: C Colt Morton
Outrighted off 40-man roster: C Colt Morton
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Cory Luebke, C Roman Solis, SS Drew Cumberland
Reinstated from DL: C Luis Martinez, OF Danny Payne
Option transferred: RHP Wilton Lopez (Double-A San Antonio to high Class A Lake Elsinore)

Cumberland, one of the club’s five supplemental first-round picks in 2007, could miss as much as a month with an oblique strain. The 19-year-old is hitting .286/.348/.350 for low Class A Fort Wayne.

San Francisco Giants
Draft picks signed: 1B Rob Flanigan (29)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Sergio Romo
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joseph Martinez, RHP Steve Palazzolo, RHP Orlando Yntema, LHP Steven Calicutt, LHP Carlos de la Rosa, LHP Roberto Martinez, LHP Nathan Pendley, LHP Clayton Tanner, 2B Aaron Hornostaj, SS Brian Bocock, 2B Brad Boyer
Reinstated from inactive list: RHP Julio Mateo, C Eliezer Alfonzo
Option transferred: 1B Travis Ishikawa (Double-A Conn to Triple-A Fresno)

Seattle Mariners
Draft picks signed: RHP Taylor Stanton (26)
Released: RHP Scott Williamson
Acquired: LHP Nelson Payano from Braves as player to be named in earlier trade of OF Greg Norton
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Gavin Dickey
Placed on temporarily inactive list: C Jose Yepez
Reinstated from inactive list: C Jose Yepez

Tampa Bay Rays
Recalled: SS Ben Zobrist
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Justin Ruggiano
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Jake McGee, 2B Seth Dhaenens, SS Patrick Cottrell
Placed on temporarily inactive list: RHP Ben Hendrickson, 3B Joel Guzman
Reinstated from inactive list: 3B Joel Guzman
Option transferred: LHP David Price (high Class A Vero Beach to Double-A Montgomery)

McGee is headed for Tommy John surgery after doctors discovered a tear in his elbow.

Texas Rangers
Draft picks signed: 1B Dennis Guinn (17)
Released: OF Donnie Ecker
Placed on restricted list: OF Miguel Velazquez
Recalled: RHP Luis Mendoza, C Max Ramirez
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Chris Davis
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Wilmer Font, RHP Julio Santana, LHP Miguel de los Santos, OF Victor Barrios
Reinstated from DL: LHP Ryan Turner

All Davis did was hit .333/.386/.643 in 297 at-bats for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma, with 23 home runs, 21 doubles and 73 RBIs. The 22-year-old now has homered in two consecutive games for the Rangers, giving him 25 total on the year and conjuring images of Adam Dunn’s first summer in Cincinnati, back in 2001. Coming off a .334/.434/.671 campaign with 32 homers in 350 at-bats in Double-A and Triple-A, the then 21-year-old Dunn came up to the Reds in July to bash 19 big league home runs, giving him 51 total for the year.

Toronto Blue Jays
Draft picks signed: RHP Bobby Bell (18), RHP Jason Roenicke (19)
Released: RHP Nate Jennings, RHP Bubba Nelson, RHP Paul Phillips, LHP Mike Lynch
Placed on restricted list: LHP Wilfreddy Aguirre
Recalled: RHP Brandon League, OF Adam Lind
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Kevin Mench
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brian Pettway
Transferred to 60-day DL: LHP Robert Zarate
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ross Buckwalter, RHP Jean Machi
Reinstated from inactive list: LHP Wilfreddy Aguirre, LHP Jo Matumoto

Though he’s still batting .154 overall in the big leagues this season, Lind has been better of late, hitting .250/.304/.550 with both of his home runs in 20 June at-bats. He batted .328/.394/.534 for Triple-A Syracuse and was leading the International League in average at the time of his promotion in late June.

Washington Nationals
Signed: LHP Kevin Light (NDFA—Bowling Green State)
Draft picks signed: 1B J.P. Padron (44)
Recalled: RHP Garrett Mock
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Steven Shell, 2B Pete Orr
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Brian Sanches
Outrighted off 40-man roster: OF Ryan Langerhans
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Moises Corporan, RHP Chris Schroder, RHP Zach Segovia
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Moises Corporan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Alexis Morales