Minor League Transactions: Dec. 14-21

Here we present minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 14-21.

This will be the final transactions installment of 2012, but the feature will return in January.

Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Brad Allen (Florence (Frontier)), RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Alexis Lara, RHP Warner Madrigal, C Mark Reed (released by D-backs, July 7)
Return of Rule 5 pick: SS Gustavo Nunez (to Tigers)

Atlanta Braves
SS K.C. Clabough, SS Logan Robbins

Baltimore Orioles
RHP Chase Johnson (Amarillo (American Association)), RHP Marcel Prado (El Paso (American Association)), RHP Zech Zinicola, SS Chris Wade (Windy City (Frontier))
Removed from 40-man: 1B Steve Pearce (outrighted to Triple-A)

Boston Red Sox
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Pedro Beato (outrighted to Triple-A)

Chicago Cubs
RHP Drew Carpenter, RHP Chang-Yong Lim (Yakult (Japan)), RHP Cory Wade, 1B Brad Nelson
Released: RHP Pete Levitt, RHP Bryce Shafer, LHP Willengton Cruz
Removed from 40-man: LHP Gerardo Concepcion (outrighted to low Class A)

A Korean national, Chang-Yong Lim has posted fine results as a sidearming righty reliever in Japan. In five seasons with Yakult, he notched 128 saves to go with a 2.09 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and ratios of 8.9 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine innings. Lim missed the bulk of last season after having Tommy John surgery, and the 36-year-old won't be expected back until the second half of this season.

Chicago White Sox
RHP Jeff Gray, RHP Matt Zaleski (re-signed), C Damaso Espino (re-signed), 3B Andy Gonzalez

Cincinnati Reds
RHP Loek Van Mil, C Corky Miller (re-signed)
Released: LHP Mitch Clarke, OF Jose Valdelamar

Cleveland Indians
RHP Joe Martinez

Colorado Rockies
RHP Justin Berg, RHP Logan Kensing, 3B Russ Mitchell (released by Giants, Aug. 16)

Detroit Tigers
Removed from 40-man:
LHP Matt Hoffman (outrighted to Triple-A)

Houston Astros
LHP Rob Rasmussen to Dodgers for RHP John Ely
Removed from 40-man: 3B Brandon Laird, OF Che-Hsuan Lin (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

Kansas City Royals
OF Xavier Nady
Released: OF Pat White

Because he's an Article XX-B major league free agent, Xavier Nady will receive a $100,000 retention bonus if the Royals assign him to Triple-A to begin the 2013 season. He also receives an automatic June 1 opt-out date if he is playing in the minors at the time.

Los Angeles Angels
RHP Baudilio Lopez, 2B Landis Ware

Los Angeles Dodgers
3B Dallas McPherson
Traded: RHP John Ely to Astros for LHP Rob Rasmussen
Removed from 40-man: OF Scott Van Slyke (outrighted to Triple-A)

Miami Marlins
RHP John Maine, SS Chris Gutierrez (re-signed)

Milwaukee Brewers
2B Donnie Murphy, SS Blake Davis
Released: LHP Mike Francisco, LHP Elliot Glynn, LHP Connor Whalen

Minnesota Twins
1B Joshua Hendricks

New York Mets
SS Josh Rodriguez (re-signed)
Traded: RHP R.A. Dickey, C Mike Nickeas and C Josh Thole to Blue Jays for RHP Noah Syndergaard, C John Buck, C Travis d'Arnaud and OF Wuilmer Becerra
Traded: 3B Jefry Marte to Athletics for OF Collin Cowgill

New York Yankees
RHP Reinier Casanova, RHP Ryan Flannery, RHP Jhorge Liccien, SS Yadil Mujica, OF Kelvin Duran, OF Justin James, OF Damon Sublett
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jim Miller, LHP Josh Spence (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

Oakland Athletics
RHP Drew Gagnier, RHP Connor Hoehn, OF Douglas Landaeta, OF Mitch LeVier
Traded: OF Collin Cowgill to Mets for 3B Jefry Marte

Philadelphia Phillies
C Justin Dalles (released by Orioles, Aug. 2), C John Suomi (re-signed)
Released: OF Diego Gonzalez

San Diego Padres
OF Sawyer Carroll from Blue Jays for cash considerations

The Padres reacquired Triple-A outfielder Sawyer Carroll from the Blue Jays, the team that less than a month ago selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. The ’08 supplemental third-rounder hit .263/.337/.401 with eight homers in 372 at-bats for Tucson this season.

San Francisco Giants
OF Cole Gillespie (released by D-backs, Sept. 20)

Cole Gillespie made a couple fruitless cameos in the big leagues with the Brewers, but he has demonstrated good on-base skills and some pop during his time in Triple-A. Playing for Nashville in ’09 and for Reno the past three seasons, the 28-year-old batted .292/.390/.478 with 45 homers in 1,563 at-bats.

Seattle Mariners
RHP Angel Raga, RHP Ernesto Zaragoza, C Ivan Brea, C Ivan Ramirez, 2B Felipe Burin, 3B Jose Martinez

Tampa Bay Rays
RHP Yael Regalado (NDFA—Washington HS, New York)

Texas Rangers
1B Brandon Allen (SoftBank (Japan)), 1B Brandon Snyder (non-tendered and re-signed), 2B Gabe Suarez
Removed from 40-man: C Konrad Schmidt (outrighted to Triple-A)

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Dave Bush (SK Wyverns (Korea)), RHP Ramon Ortiz, LHP Tony Davis (Quebec (Can-Am)), 2B Lance Zawadzki, OF Ryan Langerhans
Released: RHP Justin Cryer
Traded: RHP Noah Syndergaard, C John Buck, C Travis d'Arnaud and OF Wuilmer Becerra to Mets for RHP R.A. Dickey, C Mike Nickeas and C Josh Thole
Traded: OF Sawyer Carroll to Padres for cash considerations
Removed from 40-man: RHP Mickey Storey (outrighted to Triple-A)

Washington Nationals
SS Brian Bocock
Released: LHP Raul Ruiz