Minor League Transactions: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 29-Feb. 4.

Article XX-B major league free agents who sign minor league contracts, such as Matt Capps (below), are entitled to a $100,000 "retention bonus" if they begin the year in Triple-A and an automatic opt-out clause if they're still in the minors on June 1.

Baltimore Orioles
RHP Matt Bischoff (re-signed), RHP Joel Pineiro (re-signed), LHP Mark Hendrickson (did not play in ’12), C Zane Chavez (El Paso (American Association)), OF Chris Dickerson (released by Yankees, Jan. 11)

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

Chicago Cubs
C Nathan Maldonado (re-signed), OF Brent Lillibridge

Chicago White Sox
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Zach Stewart (outrighted to Triple-A)

Cincinnati Reds
C Miguel Olivo (Article XX-B free agent), OF P.J. Phillips (re-signed)

Cleveland Indians
RHP Matt Capps (Article XX-B free agent)

Colorado Rockies
RHP Chris Volstad

Houston Astros
RHP Fernando Rodriguez and SS Jed Lowrie to Athletics for RHP Brad Peacock, C Max Stassi and 1B Chris Carter

Kansas City Royals
LHP Brian Peacock

Los Angeles Angels
RHP Robert Coello, C Elio Sarmiento (released by Rangers, Aug. 24), OF Bill Hall (Article XX-B free agent)

Miami Marlins
Removed from 40-man:
OF Kevin Mattison (outrighted to Triple-A)

Milwaukee Brewers
RHP Alfredo Figaro (Orix (Japan))
Released: OF Franklin Romero

Minnesota Twins
SS Doug Bernier, OF Antoan Richardson

New York Mets
RHP Scott Atchison (non-tendered by Red Sox), RHP LaTroy Hawkins (Article XX-B free agent), OF Marlon Byrd (released by Red Sox, June 12), OF Corey Patterson, OF Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson spent 11 seasons in the Mariners system, three times hitting 20 or more homers in a season. In parts of four seasons with Triple-A Tacoma, he batted .269/.362/.477 in 1,152 plate appearances, slugging 50 homers and driving in 160 in 286 games.

New York Yankees
1B Dan Johnson (non-tendered by White Sox)

Oakland Athletics
RHP Matt Thomson, 2B Nino Leyja
Traded: RHP Brad Peacock, C Max Stassi and 1B Chris Carter to Astros for RHP Fernando Rodriguez and SS Jed Lowrie

Philadelphia Phillies
LHP David Newmann (released by Rays, Nov. 12), SS Matt Tolbert, OF Joe Mather
Removed from 40-man: RHP J.C. Ramirez (outrighted to Triple-A)

Matt Tolbert and Joe Mather both played in the Cubs organization last year. They offer defensive versatility with enough offense for a bench role if pressed into duty.

Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Kyle Waldrop

St. Louis Cardinals
Removed from 40-man:
LHP Barret Browning (outrighted to Triple-A)

San Diego Padres
2B Adam Buschini (Amarillo (American Association))
Reinstated from DL: RHP John Hussey

San Francisco Giants
RHP Ramon Ramirez (Article XX-B free agent)

Seattle Mariners
RHP Moises Hernandez (re-signed)

Texas Rangers
OF Jeff Baker (Article XX-B free agent)

Toronto Blue Jays
3B Andy LaRoche
Released: RHP Aleson Escalante, C Alexys Rodriguez

Washington Nationals
C Chris Snyder (Article XX-B free agent)