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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=7631

    Last batch of minor league free agents rush to find seats as the music slows down...

    Atlanta signed C/1B/COF JR House, a solid hitter.

    Cleveland (re-) signed RHR Tom Mastny, who spent a year in Japan.

    Houston signed OF Jason Bourgeois, another useful guy to have in AAA.

    Los Angeles picked up RHR Eric Gagne. Game not over! They also got Robin Yount's kid Dustin, a 1B, out of indy ball- and ex-Reds OF Brandon Watson.

    Minnesota picked up ex-Red OF Jacque Jones for another go-round.

    New York signed RHS John Van Benschoten, the ex-Pirate first-rounder out of Kent State.

    San Francisco signed RHP Byung-Hyun Kim as well as RHR Guillermo Mota. Kim's been out of baseball the past two seasons.

    Texas signed ex-Reds 1B Wes Bankston.

    Washington re-upped ex-Red LHP Ron Villone.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=7707

    This week's list. Not terribly Redsy, but there are a fistful of indy-ball stories recounted in this one. Especially the link to the story about Tom Wilhelmsen, the ex-Brewer draftee who has now been signed by Seattle (GM Jack Zduriencik originally picked the guy for Milwaukee) as a 26-year-old.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=7830

    Reds cut loose 2006 11th round pick Brandon Rice, who did not pitch last season.

    There are a boatload of AAA optionings and such on the update, but nothing of particularly major note. LHR Eddie Guardado's career is likely over after he was let go by Washington. Same for LHS Shawn Estes.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

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    Reds release RHP Greg Dombrowski- he pitched only four innings with the GCL Reds last year. He's a UK grad.

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    Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Enerio Del Rosario, RHP Sam LeCure, LHP Bill Bray, LHP Pedro Viola, 1B Yonder Alonso, SS Chris Valaika
    Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jordan Smith, LHP Philippe Valiquette

    Bray qualifies for a fourth option year because, even though he had been optioned to Louisville in ’07, ’08 and ’09, he has not yet accrued five seasons of professional experience. A player is not credited with a "pro season" when he spends fewer than 90 days on the major or minor league active list. This definition rules out short-season experience as well as the time Bray spent pitching for Brevard County after he signed out of the draft in ’04.
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    The Cubs optioned RHR Jeff Stevens to AAA.

    The Mets cut loose RHP Josh Fogg.

    St. Louis sent LHS Ben Jukich back to the Reds. Can we try him in the bullpen now?

    Washington cut LHR Ron "Big Rig" Villone.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott View Post
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    Reds release RHP Greg Dombrowski- he pitched only four innings with the GCL Reds last year. He's a UK grad.

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    Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Enerio Del Rosario, RHP Sam LeCure, LHP Bill Bray, LHP Pedro Viola, 1B Yonder Alonso, SS Chris Valaika
    Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jordan Smith, LHP Philippe Valiquette

    Bray qualifies for a fourth option year because, even though he had been optioned to Louisville in 07, 08 and 09, he has not yet accrued five seasons of professional experience. A player is not credited with a "pro season" when he spends fewer than 90 days on the major or minor league active list. This definition rules out short-season experience as well as the time Bray spent pitching for Brevard County after he signed out of the draft in 04.
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    The Cubs optioned RHR Jeff Stevens to AAA.

    The Mets cut loose RHP Josh Fogg.

    St. Louis sent LHS Ben Jukich back to the Reds. Can we try him in the bullpen now?

    Washington cut LHR Ron "Big Rig" Villone.

    I was always a big fan of Ron "Bulldog" Villone. I would love to see him back.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

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    Cincinnati Reds
    Released: RHP Michael Bohana, RHP Enrique Garcia, RHP Hector Santana, LHP Mark Pawelek, LHP Matteo Pizziconi, OF Stephen Chapman
    Optioned to Triple-A: OF Chris Heisey

    Bohana was a 26th-round pick in 2008, while Garcia was taken two rounds earlier. Santana was signed out of the DR and made it as high as Sarasota. Pawelek was an ex-Cubs first-round pick that the Reds tried to make a reclamation project- but he walked 33 batters in 27 IP at Sarasota last year. Pizziconi, one of the two Italian lefthanders signed a couple years back, did not make the jump to Billings last year like his countryman Luca Panerati. Chapman was picked up around this time last year after being cut by Milwaukee- he was a part-time player at both Dayton and Carolina and didn't hit much in either spot.

    Boston picked up LHR Scott Schoeneweis after he was cut earlier in the spring. The Sox also optioned RHR Ramon Ramirez (the ex-Reds one) to AAA.

    Chicago released RHR Jeff Kennard and optioned ex-Red RHP Marcos Mateo to AAA.

    Cleveland signed RHS Justin Germano- he'd spent 2009 in Korea with SoftBank.

    The Dodgers jettisoned OF Brandon Watson.

    Milwaukee acquired INF Ray Olmedo from Texas in exchange for C Matt Treanor.

    The Mets let UT Jolbert Cabrera go.

    Philadelphia released RHR Jason Standridge.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    Not a signing or release but I didn't know where else to put it,

    Craig Tatum made the Orioles opening day roster as their backup catcher

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=8203

    It's Closet-Cleaning Week around baseball:

    Cincinnati Reds

    Released: RHP Arshwin Asjes, RHP Josh Beal, RHP Forest Cannon, RHP Ramon Geronimo, RHP Adian Kummet, RHP Luis Montano, RHP Zach Ward, RHP Kip Wells, RHP Jake Wiley, C Jason Bour, 1B Dave Stewart, 2B Yen-Wen Kuo, OF Tony Brown, OF Albert Laboy, OF Kevin West

    Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jared Burton, RHP Carlos Fisher, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Matt Maloney, LHP Travis Wood, 2B Drew Sutton

    Option transferred: 1B Yonder Alonso (Triple-A to Double-A)

    I was personally pretty surprised about Tony Brown and Ramon Geronimo. Brown had some serious power and Geronimo was pretty dominant in 2008 before struggling last year in Carolina.

    Too many players released this week to even count, but here are a few freshly-unemployed gentlemen I wouldn't mind seeing in the Reds system:

    4C J.R. House (versatile, career .302./363/.475 hitter coming off a down year), LHR Kevin Gunderson (Portland native and player on OSU Beavers NCAA champs), RHR Carlos Guevara (still think he could get big-league hitters out given a serious chance), LHR Macay McBride (former Atlanta phenom, missed almost all of 2008 and 2009 with injuries), RHS Travis "Groundhog Day" Chick (named as such because he was in Double-A for what seems like forever, still just 26), C Mike Rivera (a Crash Davis-like 163 minor-league homers), INF Henry Henry (oh, sure, even though the Pirates couldn't even use him- but how funny would it be?), OF Corey Patterson (kid could still be someone, lots of power and speed and he's got the good face), C James Skelton (former Rule 5 pick, just 24 with AA experience, think Ryan Hanigan at the dish).
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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    That's very true. At the time, a lot of RZ was very upset that Dustin Moseley had been traded for Ortiz, but in the end, it looks like it wasn't all that bad of an idea.
    To be fair, Moseley's dad was a serious RZ poster for a while until he passed away so I'm sure there was tons of bias there.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    Carlos Guevara is out of work. I was on that guys case like no one else a few years back but sadly it doesn't look like the Screwball has helped him carve out a major league career yet.

    Hoped he might one trick pony himself into a nice niche somewhere. At 28 now, that ship has likely sailed.

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    Ryan Freel fails to catch on with any major league teams or their minor league affiliates so he makes one last stab to resurrect his career by signing with the Somerset Patriots, an independent league team.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/pla...=286202&spln=1

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    Re: Minor League FA list and signings

    Go get'm Farney


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