Minor League Transactions: Feb. 21-27

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.

Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Ryan Quigley (Joliet (Frontier)), OF Chris Valencia (Brockton (Can-Am))
Released: RHP Kevin Mulvey, RHP Andrew Wolcott

Not to be confused with the lefthanded Ryan Quigley who pitched in the Athletics organization from ’09 to ’11, this Ryan Quigley set the Frontier League's saves record last season with 28 while also striking out 72 batters in 42 2/3 innings. He went undrafted out of Chicago's St. Xavier University in ’07 and logged five years in the Frontier League before getting noticed by the Diamondbacks. Quigley has an average fastball and breaking ball, and he could provide solid organization depth.


Arizona made a second foray into independent ball with the signing of speedy center fielder Chris Valencia from the Can-Am League. The 24-year-old batted .342/.379/.500 in 386 at-bats for Brockton last season, collecting five homers, 38 doubles-plus-triples and 41 steals. Scouts assess his speed, range and arm as average-to-slightly-above tools. Valencia played college ball at NAIA Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College, signing on with Brockton in April ’09.

Atlanta Braves
LHP Amilcar Gaxiola

Baltimore Orioles
RHP Bobby Wilkins (Kalamazoo (Frontier)), RHP Josh Worrell, LHP Yi-Hsiang Lin, C Bobby Dombrowski (Florence (Frontier)), C Josh N. Johnson (Road Warriors (Atlantic))

Boston Red Sox
RHP Scott Atchison*
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rich Hill

Correspondent Alex Speier reports that Rich Hill had an opt-out clause in his contract that forced the Red Sox to add him to 40-man roster or risk losing him to another club. He's recovering from Tommy John surgery he had last June.

Chicago Cubs
RHP Rodrigo Lopez (re-signed), LHP Nate Robertson
Released: C Carlos Romero

Cleveland Indians
2B Cristian Guzman

Colorado Rockies
LHP Royce Ring, C Drew Beuerlein
Released: RHP Aaron Weatherford

An ’08 third-rounder from Mississippi State, Aaron Weatherford missed each of the last two seasons to injury.

Detroit Tigers
2B Marcus Lemon
Released: LHP Rayni Guichardo, OF Deik Scram

Houston Astros
LHP Zach Duke

Kansas City Royals
3B Yunior Figueroa

Los Angeles Angels
RHP Jason Isringhausen, RHP Juan Rincon (Bridgeport (Atlantic))

Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Rick Bauer (Lancaster (Atlantic))

Milwaukee Brewers
OF Jay Gibbons

Minnesota Twins
OF Ryde Rodriguez (Rockland (Can-Am))

New York Yankees
RHP Alex Smith
Released: OF Burt Reynolds
Removed from 40-man: OF Chris Dickerson (outrighted to Triple-A)

University of New Haven (Conn.) product Alex Smith signed with the Frontier League's River City club in February, prior to the Yankees purchasing his contract. According to one source, Smith has arm strength but not a lot of polish or secondary stuff at this stage.

Oakland Athletics
OF Manny Ramirez

Pittsburgh Pirates
C Miguel Perez
Released: C Adam Melhuse

This is the same Adam Melhuse who played in the big leagues from 2000 through ’08. The Pirates placed him on the voluntarily retired list on June 16, 2009, when he played for Triple-A Indianapolis.

San Francisco Giants
RHP Ramon Ortiz, LHP Travis Blackley, OF Justin Christian*

Seattle Mariners
OF Mike Wilson*

Texas Rangers
1B Matt Leeds

Washington Nationals
RHP Mike Schultz (Hiroshima (Japan))

Mike Schultz pitched exactly one inning for the ’07 Diamondbacks for his only big league time, but he moved on to author a productive four-year career in Japan. The 32-year-old made 158 relief appearances for Hiroshima, notching a 1.23 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings.