Minor League Transactions: Oct. 3-9

This time: Oct. 3-9

The first wave of minor league free agents is upon us. If you're so inclined, follow @eddymk on Twitter for complementary free agent info.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Reinstated from inactive list:
RHP Wes Roemer

Atlanta Braves
RHP Wes Alsup (Joliet (Northern)), LHP Nick Lobanov

A Tennessee-Martin product, Wes Alsup signed on with Joliet of the independent Northern League after finishing school. He struck out 21 and walked 19 over 26 1/3 innings for the JackHammers, finishing with a 2.05 ERA in 22 relief appearances.

The Twins released Nikolay Alekseyevich Lobanov, a 21-year-old Moscow native, in spring training ’09 and he hasn't pitched in affiliated ball in the past two years.

Baltimore Orioles
Granted free agency: RHP Cla Meredith, LHP Alberto Castillo, 1B Michael Aubrey, 3B Scott Moore
Reinstated from DL: OF Marcus Jones

Boston Red Sox
Granted free agency:
RHP Fernando Cabrera, LHP Fabio Castro, LHP Rich Hill, C Gustavo Molina, 3B Jack Hannahan
Removed from 40-man: RHP Robert Manuel, LHP Rich Hill, C Dusty Brown, C Kevin Cash
Reinstated from DL: LHP Richie Wasielewski, C Trey Lucas, 1B Boss Moanaroa
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Seth Garrison, RHP Casey Kelly, RHP Eammon Portice, RHP Jason Rice, RHP Dan Turpen, C Ryan Lavarnway, SS Jose Iglesias

Chicago Cubs
Granted free agency:
RHP Mike Parisi
Reinstated from inactive list: OF Matt Szczur

Chicago White Sox
C Austin Yount, 1B Seth Loman (re-signed)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Brian Omogrosso
Reinstated from DL: RHP J.R. Ballinger

Cincinnati Reds
Granted free agency:
RHP Micah Owings
Reinstated from DL: OF Sean Conner

Cleveland Indians
RHP Adam Miller (re-signed), RHP Yohan Pino (re-signed)
Granted free agency: RHP Saul Rivera
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Chen Lee, RHP Bryan Price, RHP Travis Turek, LHP Scott Barnes, LHP Eric Berger, C Adam Abraham, C Roberto Perez, 2B Jason Kipnis, 2B Cord Phelps

Detroit Tigers
OF Alexis Espinoza, OF Chao-Ting Tang
Granted free agency: RHP Casey Fien, RHP Enrique Gonzalez

Florida Marlins
Granted free agency:
RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Dan Meyer, C Mike Rivera, 3B Brian Barden, 3B Mike Lamb
Removed from 40-man: RHP Tim Wood, LHP Taylor Tankersley, C Mike Rivera, 3B Hector Luna, OF Brett Carroll
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jose Rodriguez, SS Todd Muecklisch

Houston Astros
RHP Bubbie Buzachero (re-signed), RHP Yordany Ramirez (re-signed), 2B Mike Affronti (re-signed), OF Lee Cruz (re-signed)
Granted free agency: RHP Josh Banks, RHP Yorman Bazardo, RHP Casey Daigle, RHP Gary Majewski, RHP Chris Sampson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Raul Rivera
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP David Carpenter, RHP Kyle Greenwalt, RHP Matt Nevarez, LHP Pat Urckfitz, 1B Koby Clemens, OF Jay Austin, OF Brandon Barnes, OF J.B. Shuck

Yordany Ramirez has always had one of the strongest outfield arms around. He gunned down 20 baserunners for low Class A Fort Wayne in ’05 and 17 more for Triple-A Round Rock in ’08. If he had any offensive upside at all, then he would have been some big league team's fifth outfielder years ago. But in nine minor league seasons, he's hit just .246/.277/.365 in 713 games. At the end of the season, the Astros committed to trying Ramirez, 26, at pitcher, with mixed results: He struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for low Class A Lexington, but also walked five.

Among the other players they re-signed, Houston acquired all three during the ’10 season: Bubbie Buzachero (minor trade with Blue Jays), Mike Affronti (released by Athletics) and Lee Cruz (signed out of independent Golden League).

Kansas City Royals
RHP Matt Herges
Granted free agency: RHP Anthony Lerew, RHP Josh Rupe

Los Angeles Angels
Granted free agency:
OF Michael Ryan
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Cisterna, LHP Starlin Feliz

Los Angeles Dodgers
LHP Brant Stickel (Calgary (Golden))
Granted free agency: RHP Justin Miller, SS Juan Castro
Reinstated from DL: RHP Florencio Bustillos

Until Brant Stickel came along, the University of Calgary had no representatives in affiliated baseball. But Stickel impressed the Dodgers during a tryout, reportedly hitting 92 mph. In 15 appearances for Calgary of the independent Golden League, he went 0-1, 6.00 with a 16-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 27 innings.

Milwaukee Brewers
Granted free agency:
RHP Chris Smith
Removed from 40-man: RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Alex Periard
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Michael Fiers, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, RHP Brandon Kintzler, RHP Mike McClendon, LHP Lucas Luetge, LHP Daniel Merklinger, 2B Eric Farris, OF Caleb Gindl

New York Mets
Granted free agency:
RHP Fernando Nieve

New York Yankees
Reinstated from DL:
LHP Juan Marcano, LHP Erick Tapia, C Tyler Austin, C Brian Baisley, C Ronny Calderon, 1B Reymond Nunez, OF Rudy Guillen, OF Henry Pena
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Craig Heyer, RHP George Kontos, RHP Ryan Pope, LHP Manny Banuelos, C Austin Romine, 3B Brandon Laird, SS Jose Pirela

Oakland Athletics
Granted free agency:
RHP Ross Wolf, LHP Cedrick Bowers
Removed from 40-man: RHP Ross Wolf, LHP Brad Kilby
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Michael Ynoa

Philadelphia Phillies
Reinstated from DL:
RHP Siulman Lebron
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: 1B Matt Rizzotti

Pittsburgh Pirates
Granted free agency:
RHP Brian Bass

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Trey Hearne, RHP David Kington, RHP Travis Lawler, RHP LaCurtis Mayes, RHP Matt North, RHP Chris Notti, LHP Moises Colorado, C Yorbel Alcala, 2B Colt Sedbrook, 3B Rich Racobaldo, OF Joe Babrick, OF Jon Edwards, OF Anthony Fonseca, OF Alberto Rivero
Granted free agency: LHP Evan MacLane
Reinstated from DL: OF Joe Babrick

Jon Edwards' pro career began promisingly enough. He batted .260 with power in the Rookie-level Appalachian League fresh out of the 14th round of the ’06 draft. (He even drew a lumberjack comp.) But Edwards never could do much of anything in low Class A, peaking there in ’08 and ’09 while batting just .211/.289/.399 in 303 at-bats.

San Diego Padres
Granted free agency:
C Chris Stewart
Removed from 40-man: C Chris Stewart
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Brad Brach, RHP Erik Davis, RHP Alexis Lara, LHP Colt Hynes, C Luis Martinez, 2B Cole Figueroa, 2B Andy Parrino

San Francisco Giants
Reinstated from DL:
RHP Jason Jarvis

Seattle Mariners
RHP Taylor Lewis
Granted free agency: RHP Ian Snell, C Eliezer Alfonzo

Tampa Bay Rays
LHP Robinson Reyes
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jesse Hahn
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Jeremy Hall, LHP Sergio Espinosa, LHP Neil Schenk, 1B Jose Ruiz, 1B Henry Wrigley, OF Leslie Anderson

Texas Rangers
RHP Adalberto Flores (re-signed)
Granted free agency: 1B Ryan Garko

The Rangers re-signed Double-A Frisco righthander Adalberto Flores to a minor league deal, delaying free agency for at least a year. (He signed with Texas after the Marlins released him in June ’07.) Among Texas League relievers this season, Flores ranked in the top five for both strikeouts (9.1) and walks (2.8) per nine innings.

Toronto Blue Jays
Granted free agency:
1B Brian Dopirak, 1B Mike Jacobs
Removed from 40-man: RHP Dirk Hayhurst
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Matt Daly, RHP Alan Farina, RHP Danny Farquhar, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, 1B Mike McDade, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Eric Thames

Washington Nationals
Granted free agency:
RHP Jason Bergmann, C Jamie Burke, C Carlos Maldonado
Reinstated from DL: RHP Cameron Selik, LHP Glenn Gibson, SS Jack Walker, OF Wander Ramos
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Adam Carr