Saturday, December 19, 2009

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On...

Yah, yah, you're bored out of your cookies over this year's hot stove league. Where's the action?

Truth is, there's been lots of action, just none of it earth shattering and mostly involving housekeeping. But if you think this year's off season has been without its changes, take a look at the movement so far:

-- Added to MLB roster: LHP Javier Lopez, OF John Raynor (Rule 5), SS Bobby Crosby, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, and 2B Akinori Iwamura.

-- Traded: RHP Jesse Chavez.

-- Added to the 40-man roster: RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Ramon Aguero, OF Gorkys Hernandez, RHP Bryan Morris, and RHP Anthony Claggett.

-- Cut from 40-man roster/released: RHP Matt Capps (free agent - see Tim Dierkes at Major League Trade Rumors for an update), LHP Phil Dumatrait (signed Detroit), SS Luis Cruz (claimed Milwaukee), RHP Jeff Sues (to Indy), RHP Jeff Karstens (to Indy), LHP Justin Thomas (to Indy), C Robinzon Diaz (signed Detroit), RHP Virgil Vasquez (to Indy), RHP Eric Hacker (signed San Francisco), C Steve Lerud (signed Kansas City), RHP Denny Bautista (free agent), RHP Chris Bootcheck (signed in Japan), RHP Craig Hansen (to Indy), and RHP Tyler Yates (free agent).

-- Added to minor-leagues: RHP Vinnie Chulk, 1B Chris Garcia, LHP Wilfredo Ledezma, and OF Jonathan Van Every.

-- Minor league free agents/released: RHP Jason Davis, Lincoln Holdzkom, Victor Igsema, Jorge Julio, Juan Mateo, Dustin Molleken, Scott Nestor, Jeremy Powell, Dionis Rodriguez, and Ty Taubenheim.
LHP Corey Hamman and Bobby Livingston (not many lefties left in the system to cut).
C Hector Gimenez (resigned), Miguel Perez, Milver Reyes (resigned), and Steven Suarez.
1B Tagg Bozied, Larry Broadway (signed as scout), and Brian Myrow.
2B Josh Bonifay and Ray Chang.
3B Angel Gonzalez.
SS Chris Barnwell and Pedro Lopez.
OF Jonel Pacheco and Jamie Romak.

Weekend News:

-- John Sickels has posted his Bucs Top Twenty Prospect list at Minor League Ball.

-- Mike Gonzalez signed a two-year, $12M deal with Baltimore, according to Yahoo!Sports. It's good to be Gonzo.

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