Minor League Transactions: Jan. 1-7

Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 1-7.

Baltimore Orioles
RHP Kyle Mertins (Sioux Falls (American Association)), RHP Mike Recchia (Windy City (Frontier)), LHP David Quinowski (Lincoln (American Association))

Chicago Cubs
LHP Hisanori Takahashi (released by Pirates, Oct. 29), LHP Dontrelle Willis (released by Orioles, Oct. 16)

Chicago White Sox
1B Randy Ruiz (Yokohama (Japan))
Released: RHP Mitch Mustain, LHP Matt Talley

Cincinnati Reds
LHP Jakub Izold, 3B Ray Chang

Colorado Rockies
1B Miguel De Leon, 2B Yafistel Roja

Detroit Tigers
RHP Michael Dubee, OF Michael Hernandez (York (Atlantic))

Houston Astros
C Jason Jaramillo

Kansas City Royals
RHP Blaine Boyer (did not play in ’12)

Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Danny Carela (re-signed), C Ramon Castro (did not play in ’12), 2B Felipe Burin, 3B Brian Barden (did not play in ’12)
Released: RHP Derek Cone, RHP Ronny Lugo, RHP Bret Montgomery, RHP Jason West, LHP Mike Drowne, LHP Matt Laney, LHP Greg Wilborn, C Steve Domecus, C Andrew Edge, 3B Kevin Thompson, 3B Scott Woodward, SS Charlie Mirabal

Miami Marlins
C Craig Tatum

Milwaukee Brewers
OF Cole Garner

New York Mets
SS Omar Quintanilla

Philadelphia Phillies
LHP Pedro Lora, C Liam Bedford, C Angel Chavarin, 2B Carlos Perdomo

Pittsburgh Pirates
C Lucas May

San Diego Padres
SS Cody Ransom
Released: RHP Juan Herrera, LHP Juan Marcano, 1B Clark Murphy, OF Jonathan Roof

San Francisco Giants
RHP Scott Proctor (Doosan (Korea)), RHP Mason Tobin (released by Rangers, April 4)

Seattle Mariners
Removed from 40-man:
RHP D.J. Mitchell (outrighted to Triple-A)

Tampa Bay Rays
RHP J.D. Martin

Taken 35th overall by the Indians in ’01, Martin missed the better part of the ’03 and ’06 seasons with elbow trouble and didn't reach Triple-A for good until ’09. He signed with the Nationals following that season and wound up making 24 career starts for Washington in ’09 and ’10. Though Martin left most of his velocity on the operating table, he has shown fantastic control versus Triple-A competition, notching a 4.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and walk rate of 1.3 per nine over 382 innings.

Texas Rangers
Removed from 40-man:
C Eli Whiteside (outrighted to Triple-A)

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Mike Benacka (York (Atlantic)), RHP Scott Copeland (re-signed)

Washington Nationals
RHP Ross Ohlendorf, LHP Sean West, C Joe Witkowski (released by Astros, June 9)
Released: LHP Bobby Hansen, LHP Joe Testa, C Jeremy Mayo, 1B Brett Newsome, 2B Hendry Jimenez, OF Tony Nix