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3-20-09:

Houston Astros: Signed free agent C Ivan Rodriguez to a one-year contract. Optioned SS Tommy Manzella and OF Brian Bogusevic to Triple-A Round Rock.

Kansas City Royals: Optioned RHP Devon Lowery and 1B Kila Ka’aihue to Triple-A Omaha.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Optioned OF Jamie Hoffmann to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Minnesota Twins: Optioned C Wilson Ramos to Double-A New Britain. Reassigned RHP Kevin Mulvey and LHP Mike Gosling to Minor League camp.

New York Mets: Optioned LHP Jon Niese, RHP Connor Robertson and C Robinson Cancel to the Minor Leagues. Reassigned RHP Kyle Snyder, RHP Matt DeSalvo, LHP Jon Switzer, LHP Heriberto Rueles, and LHP Casey Fossum to Minor League camp.

Seattle Mariners: Optioned RHP Gaby Hernandez, 1B Mike Carp and 1B Bryan LaHair to Triple-A Tacoma.

Toronto Blue Jays: Reassigned RHP Rick Bauer to Minor League camp.

3-21-09:

New York Yankees: Optioned RHP Anthony Claggett, RHP Phil Hughes and RHP Steven Jackson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Optioned RHP Humberto Sanchez to Double-A Trenton. Re-assigned RHP Sergio Mitre and RHP Jason Johnson to Minor League camp.

Seattle Mariners: Optioned LHP Jason Vargas to Triple-A Tacoma.

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Thanks, as always, for keeping up with these.

Some former Tigers' minor leaguers I noticed above that hadn't been bolded yet...

3/15: Rangers/G. Moscoso

3/16: Phils/B. Neal

3/18: Mariners/F. Guzman

3/21: Yanks/A. Claggett (wasn't he another of the guys Detroit gave up to get Sheff? the name looked familiar.)

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3-21-09:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Reassigned C John Hester and OFs Trent Oeltjen and Brandon Watson to Minor League camp.

Baltimore Orioles: Optioned RHP Bradley Bergesen to Triple-A Norfolk. Reassigned RHP Andy Mitchell to Minor League camp.

Texas Rangers: Signed free agent LHP Jimmy Gobble, who had been with the Royals, to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

Washington Nationals: Signed free agent C Josh Bard, who had been with the Red Sox, to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

3-22-09:

Boston Red Sox: Optioned RHP Junichi Tazawa to Double-A Portland. Optioned RHP Michael Bowden to Triple-A Pawtucket. Reassigned LHP Billy Traber, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Marcus McBeth and OF Paul McAnulty to Minor League camp.

Detroit Tigers: Optioned RHP Freddy Dolsi to Triple-A Toledo. Assigned RHP Casey Fien and LHP Fu-Te Ni to Minor League camp.

Houston Astros: Reassigned RHPs Clay Hensley and Danny Graves, LHP Neal Musser and INFs Matt Kata and John Gall to Minor League camp.

Kansas City Royals: Reassigned OF Chris Lubanski, C J.R. House and RHPs Yasuhiko Yabuta and Oscar Villarreal to Minor League camp.

San Francisco Giants: Reassigned RHPs Francis Beltran and Kevin Pucetas to Minor League camp.

St. Louis Cardinals: Recalled non-roster INF David Freese from Minor League camp. Optioned RHP Blake Hawksworth and INF Tyler Greene to Triple-A Memphis. Reassigned RHP Fernando Salas, C Bryan Anderson and OF Jon Jay to Minor League camp.

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3-22-09:

Los Angeles Dodgers: Reassigned INF Hector Luna, OFs Mitch Jones and Valentino Pascucci, RHPs Nick DeBarr and Charlie Haeger and LHPs Shawn Estes and Stephen Randolph to Minor League camp.

Milwaukee Brewers: Reassigned LHP Sam Narron to Minor League camp.

New York Mets: Released LHP Tom Martin. Optioned RHP Brandon Knight to Triple-A Buffalo.

New York Yankees: Acquired C Chris Stewart from the Chicago White Sox for future considerations.

Philadelphia Phillies: Optioned RHP Joe Bisenius to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

3-23-09:

Boston Red Sox: Reassigned INF Ivan Ochoa to Minor League camp.

Cincinnati Reds: Released OF/1B Daryle Ward and LHP Aaron Fultz. Optioned RHP Ramon Ramirez and IF Danny Richar to Triple-A Louisville. Reassigned LHP Ron Flores and RHP Jeff Kennard to Minor League camp.

Colorado Rockies: Reassigned INF Joe Koshanksy and RHP Greg Reynolds to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Reassigned RHP Jhoulys Chacin to Minor League camp.

Florida Marlins: Optioned LHP Taylor Tankersley to Triple-A New Orleans.

Kansas City Royals: Reassigned OF Tommy Murphy to Minor League camp. Reassigned LHP Heath Phillips to Minor League camp.

Minnesota Twins: Optioned INFs Luke Hughes and Matt Macri to Triple-A Rochester. Reassigned OF Luis Matos to Minor League camp.

New York Yankees: Reassigned LHP Kei Igawa to Minor League camp.

Oakland Athletics: Reassigned RHP Vin Mazzaro, OF Matt Carson, RHP Henry Rodriguez and RHP Andrew Carignan to Minor League camp.

Philadelphia Phillies: Optioned RHP Kyle Kendrick to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Optioned 2B Brad Harman and C Lou Marson to Double-A Reading.

San Diego Padres: Signed RHP Shawn Hill to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. Acquired RHP Luke Gregerson from the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the December 4 trade and invited him to Spring Training. Optioned 2B Matt Antonelli, RHPs Josh Geer and Scott Patterson, LHP Joe Thatcher, OF Will Venable and C Jose Lobatonto to Triple-A Portland. Reassigned OF Chad Huffman to Minor League camp.

San Francisco Giants: Optioned RHPs Billy Sadler and Waldis Joaquin, SS Brian Bocock and 3B Ryan Rohlinger to Triple-A Fresno. Reassigned 1B Scott McClain to Minor League camp.

St. Louis Cardinals: Reassigned non-roster RHP P.J. Walters to Minor League camp.

Tampa Bay Rays: Returned Rule 5 pick RHP Derek Rodriguez to the Chicago White Sox.

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3-24-09:

Chicago Cubs: Optioned RHP Jose Ascanio and OFs Jake Fox and Sam Fuld to Triple-A Iowa. Assigned LHP Jason Waddell and INF Bobby Scales to the Minor League camp. Outrighted OF Richie Robnett to Triple-A Iowa.

Cleveland Indians: Optioned LHP Jeremy Sowers and C Wyatt Toregas to Triple-A Columbus. Reassigned RHPs Greg Aquino and Kirk Saarloos, 1B Michael Aubrey and OFs Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta to Minor League camp.

Florida Marlins: Optioned RHP Ryan Tucker to Triple-A New Orleans. Optioned RHP Tim Wood to Double-A Jacksonville.

New York Yankees: Reassigned OF Austin Jackson and SS Eduardo Nunez to Minor League camp. Optioned 1B Juan Miranda to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Philadelphia Phillies: Reassigned SS Jason Donald to Minor League camp.

Texas Rangers: Optioned RHP Luis Mendoza to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Reassigned RHP Brian Gordon to Minor League camp.

Toronto Blue Jays: Reassigned RHP Matt Clement, LHP Brian Burres, INF Randy Ruiz, C Curtis Thigpen and INF Angel Sanchez to Minor League camp.

3-25-09:

Arizona Diamondbacks:

Sent OF Alex Romero outright to Triple-A Reno.

Baltimore Orioles: Optioned RHPs Bob McCrory and Kam Mickolio and LHP Chris Waters to Triple-A Norfolk. Reassigned RHP Brad Hennessey, INF Donnie Murphy, LHP John Parrish and 2B Justin Turner to Minor League camp.

Chicago White Sox: Reassigned 1B Ben Ben Broussard, SS Gordon Beckham, INF Eider Torres and LHP Aaron Poreda to Minor League camp.; Optioned RHP Adam Russell and RHP Ehren Wassermann to Triple-A Charlotte.

Cleveland Indians: Optioned LHP Aaron Laffey to Triple-A Columbus.

Florida Marlins: Traded RHP Eulogio De La Cruz to the San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Reassigned 2B Chris Coghlan to minor league camp.

Houston Astros: Granted RHP Danny Graves his release from his Minor League contract, making him a free agent.

Kansas City Royals: Reassigned C Matt Tupman, LHP Lenny DiNardo, RHPs Anthony Lerew and Victor Marte to Minor League camp.

Los Angeles Angels: Reassigned 2B Ryan Mount, RHPs Sean O'Sullivan and Jordan Walden, INF Adam Pavkovich, Cs Hank Conger and Ben Johnson, OFs Peter Bourjos, Bradley Coon and Chris Pettit and SS Andrew Romine and SS Hainley Statia to Minor League camp.

Milwaukee Brewers: Optioned 3B Mat Gamel and C Angel Salome to Triple-A Nashville. Outrighted RHP Wes Littleton to Triple-A Nashville. Released OF Trot Nixon. Reassigned INF/OF Jason Bourgeois and LHP Chris Narveson to Minor League camp.

New York Mets: Released LHP Valerio De Los Santos.

San Diego Padres: Acquired RHP Eulogio De La Cruz from the Marlins for cash considerations. Reassigned C Colt Morton to minor league camp.

Seattle Mariners: Reassigned C Adam Moore to Minor League camp.

Tampa Bay Rays: Optioned INF Reid Brignac, C John Jaso, INF/OF Elliot Johnson, LHP David Price and OF Justin Ruggiano to Triple-A Durham.

Texas Rangers: Optioned C Max Ramirez to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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3-26-09:

Atlanta Braves: Reassigned RHP Tommy Hanson, C Alvin Colina, OF Jason Heyward and INFs Brandon Hicks and Freddie Freeman to Minor League camp. Optioned LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, C Clint Sammons and INF Diory Hernandez to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Baltimore Orioles: Reassigned RHP Ross Wolf to Minor League camp.

Cleveland Indians: Reassigned INF Andy Cannizaro to Minor League camp. Claimed RHP Jae Kuk Ryu off waivers from the Padres and optioned him to Triple-A Columbus. Placed RHP Jake Westbrook on the 60-day disabled list recovering from June 2008 Tommy John surgery.

Detroit Tigers: Optioned OF Wilkin Ramirez to Triple-A Toledo. Assigned IF Don Kelly, C Max St. Pierre and Alexis Gomez to Minor League camp.

Seattle Mariners: Optioned INF Matt Tuiasosopo to Triple-A Tacoma. Reassigned RHP Sean White, C Adam Moore and C Jason Phillips to Minor League camp.

Texas Rangers: Released RHP Brendan Donnelly.

3-27-09:

Chicago Cubs: Outrighted OF Brad Snyder to Triple-A Iowa.

Florida Marlins: Reassigned C Brad Davis, RHP Henry Owens and OF John Raynor to Minor League camp; Acquired C Ronny Paulino from the Giants in exchange for Minor League RHP Hector Correa.

Houston Astros: Reassigned RHP Bud Norris to Minor League camp. Optioned C J.R. Towles to Triple-A Round Rock.

Minnesota Twins: Optioned OF Jason Pridie to Triple-A Rochester. Reassigned LHP Sean Henn, RHP Bobby Keppel, INF Brock Peterson and OF David Winfree to Minor League camp.

New York Mets: Optioned RHP Carlos Muniz and OF Cory Sullivan to Triple-A Buffalo, and reassigned RHP Nelson Figueroa, 2B Andy Green, C Rene Rivera and IF Jose Valentin to Minor League camp.

Oakland Athletics: Acquired C Curtis Thigpen from the Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash.

Philadelphia Phillies: Placed LHP Michael Zagurski on the 15-day disabled list recovering from April 2008 Tommy John surgery; Acquired LHP Jack Taschner from the Giants in exchange for C Ronny Paulino.

San Diego Padres: Outrighted RHP Scott Patterson to Triple-A Portland.

San Francisco Giants: Acquired C Ronny Paulino from the Phillies for LHP Jack Taschner. Traded Paulino to the Marlins for Minor League RHP Hector Correa.

Toronto Blue Jays: Traded C Curtis Thigpen to the A's for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Released LHP Mike Maroth and RHP Rick Bauer.

3-28-09:

Boston Red Sox: Optioned RHP Devern Hansack and C Dusty Brown to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Cleveland Indians: Optioned OF Trevor Crowe and C Chris Gimenez to Triple-A Columbus.

Florida Marlins: Optioned C Mike Rabelo and C Brett Hayes to Triple-A New Orleans.

Houston Astros: Placed RHP Brandon Backe on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain and placed IF Aaron Boone on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from heart surgery.

Minnesota Twins: Acquired the rights to Rule 5 pick RHP Jason Jones from the Yankees for nonroster RHP Charles Nolte.

New York Yankees: Reassigned IFs Doug Bernier and Justin Leone, 1B Shelley Duncan, OFs Todd LInden and John Rodriguez, Cs P.J. Pilittere and Chris Stewart and RHP David Robertson to Minor League camp; Acquired nonroster RHP Charles Nolte from the Twins for the rights to Rule 5 pick RHP Jason Jones.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Optioned C Robinzon Diaz and OF/1B Steve Pearce to Triple-A Indianapolis. Reassigned INF Anderson Machado to Minor League camp.

St. Louis Cardinals: Placed 3B Troy Glaus and LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.

Toronto Blue Jays: Returned OF Jason Lane, INF/OF Russ Adams, INF Brad Emaus, INF Scott Campbell and RHP Dirk Hayhurst to Minor League camp. Optioned RHP Brian Wolfe to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Washington Nationals: Optioned RHP Collin Balester to Triple-A Syracuse. Placed LHP Matt Chico on the 60-day disabled list. Selected the contract of 1B Dmitri Young. Reassigned INF Jose Castillo, OF Corey Patterson and C Javier Valentin to Minor League camp.

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3-29-09:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Reassigned OF Evan Frey to Minor League camp.

Atlanta Braves: Placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained left oblique.

Baltimore Orioles: Placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left elbow. Optioned RHP Jim Miller to Triple-A Norfolk. Assigned C Matt Wieters to Minor League camp.

Chicago Cubs: Optioned RHPs Kevin Hart and Randy Wells to Triple-A Iowa. Assigned C Mark Johnson, INFs Andres Blanco and Esteban German and OFs Brad Snyder and So Taguchi to Minor League camp.

Detroit Tigers: Placed RHP Joel Zumaya on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a sore right shoulder and placed LHP Dontrelle Willis on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder. Returned LHP Kyle Bloom, a Rule 5 Draft pick, to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Houston Astros: Released INF David Newhan. Reassigned RHP Chad Paronto to Minor League camp.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Optioned LHP Scott Elbert to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oakland Athletics: Optioned OF Aaron Cunningham, INF Gregorio Petit and RHP Chris Schroder to Triple-A Sacramento. Reassigned C Joel Galarraga, RHP Edgar Gonzalez and INF Corey Wimberly to Minor League camp.

San Diego Padres: Traded INF Chris Burke to the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations. Optioned LHP Cesar Ramos to Triple-A Portland; Returned Rule 5 pick RHP Ivan Nova to the New York Yankees.

San Francisco Giants: Reassigned C Buster Posey to Minor League camp. Optioned OF/IF John Bowker and RHP Osiris Matos to Triple-A Fresno.

Seattle Mariners: Optioned C Jeff Clement to Triple-A Tacoma. Released RHP Tyler Walker. Acquired INF Chris Burke from the Padres for cash considerations.

Texas Rangers: Claimed 1B Joe Koshansky off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

3-30-09:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Reassigned OFs Gerardo Parra and Chris Roberson to Minor League camp.

Chicago Cubs: Released C Paul Bako and LHP Mike Stanton.

Chicago White Sox: Optioned RHP Lance Broadway, RHP Jack Egbert and RHP Jeff Marquez to Triple-A Charlotte; Reassigned INF/OF Josh Kroeger and LHP Randy Williams to Minor League camp; Placed INF Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained right quadriceps.

Cincinnati Reds: Optioned RHP Daryl Thompson and OF Norris Hopper to Triple-A Louisville. Reassigned OF Jacque Jones to Minor League camp.

Cleveland Indians: Placed OF David Dellucci on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf, retroactive to March 29. Recalled OF Trevor Crowe from Triple-A Columbus. Traded LHP Shawn Nottingham to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named.

Colorado Rockies: Optioned OFs Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Murton and LHP Greg Smith to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Reassigned Cs Edwin Bellorin and Paul Phillips and LHP Randy Flores to Minor League camp.

Detroit Tigers: Acquired OF Josh Anderson from the Braves in exchange for RHP Rudy Darrow.

Los Angeles Angels: Optioned RHP Rich Thompson to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Signed LHP Will Ohman to a one-year Minor League contract plus a one-year option.

Milwaukee Brewers: Placed RHP Trevor Hoffman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained right oblique.

New York Mets: Signed LHP Ken Takahashi to a Minor League contract.

Philadelphia Phillies: Released 2B Marcus Giles. Optioned OF John Mayberry Jr. and RHP Carlos Carrasco to Minor League camp.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Acquired LHP Shawn Nottingham from the Indians for a player to be named; Optioned IF Brian Bixler to Triple-A Indianapolis. Reassigned OF Andrew McCutchen to Minor League camp.

St. Louis Cardinals: Optioned RHP Chris Perez to Triple-A Memphis and reassigned non-roster C Matt Pagnozzi to Minor League camp.

Tampa Bay Rays: Released 3B Morgan Ensberg.

Texas Rangers: Released LHP Jimmy Gobble.

Washington Nationals: Reassigned RHP Ryan Wagner to Minor League camp.

3-31-09:

Boston Red Sox: Reassigned OF Jeff Bailey, RHP Fernando Cabrera and RHP Enrique Gonzalez to Minor League camp.

Cincinnati Reds: Traded INF Jeff Keppinger to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Detroit Tigers: Placed RHP Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, as he continues rehabilitation from thoracic outlet compression syndrome surgery. Released OF Gary Sheffield. Optioned OF Clete Thomas to Triple-A Toledo. Reassigned INF Will Rhymes and OF Timo Perez to Minor League camp.

Florida Marlins: Optioned 1B Gaby Sanchez and RHP Burke Badenhop to Triple-A New Orleans; Released 1B Dallas McPherson and reassigned to Minor League camp OF Mike Ryan, OF Alejandro De Aza and LHP John Koronka.

Houston Astros: Acquired INF Jeff Keppinger from the Reds in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations; Optioned INF Edwin Maysonet, RHP Alberto Arias and RHP Jeff Fulchino to Triple-A Round Rock.

Minnesota Twins: Optioned LHP Jose Mijares and C Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester. Reassigned INF Alejandro Machado to Minor League camp.

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If the Tigers wanted to take a chance on a guy, the Blue Jays just released Matt Bush (former first overall pick as a SS, then converted to a pitcher). He has recently run into alcohol abuse problems and also had an injury problem which will keep him from pitching much (if at all) this year.

After seeing how the Josh Hamilton situation played out, its hard for me to think that a guy as young as 22 couldnt make a rebound from his problems if given a chance and surrounded by the right people.

Of course, he could always just end up being a cancer and not amount to anything.....which is probably far more likely than bouncing back and putting it all together.

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If the Tigers wanted to take a chance on a guy, the Blue Jays just released Matt Bush (former first overall pick as a SS, then converted to a pitcher). He has recently run into alcohol abuse problems and also had an injury problem which will keep him from pitching much (if at all) this year.

After seeing how the Josh Hamilton situation played out, its hard for me to think that a guy as young as 22 couldnt make a rebound from his problems if given a chance and surrounded by the right people.

Of course, he could always just end up being a cancer and not amount to anything.....which is probably far more likely than bouncing back and putting it all together.

You are kidding, I hope.

I was thinking more along the lines of bringing back The Cat, who was released.

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There's a big difference there....Hamilton was always considered a freak and a fantastic number one pick.....Bush....well, he was considered one of the biggest draft blunders in history. Pass.

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THE DIFFERENCE here is that Josh Hamilton WANTED to change his lifestyle!

Matt Bush DESIRES this lifestyle and is either unwilling or unable to change it. I have known Matt and his "issues" since he was 14......

....When he played as a 15 year old for USA Baseball Jr. Team, he was sent home for smoking dope while at a tournament in Mexico along with 2 other players.....

....He really has taken that behavior to newer and higher levels which does not bode well for a career in the major leagues. It is very sad as Matt has unlimited potential, but, lacks the commitment of doing the right things off the field to produce ON the field.

Josh Hamilton is a totally different story!

If you want to see the REAL difference in Josh Hamilton and Matt Bush, click and watch THIS link in it's entirety!!!!!! THIS IS THE REAL REASON !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toozmK7IHvw

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I wasnt being completely serious about the Tigers picking him up....although I do think that they should evaluate all player possibilities....even outlandish ones. I wasnt trying to say that he and Josh Hamilton are equals by any stretch....just that its always possible for a young man with potential to live up to it if he gets his head on straight and gets help.

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I spotted three that need to be bolded.

3/23 Reds: Daryle Ward (former Tiger farmhand -- a long time ago)

3/30 Cubs: Paul Bako

3/31 Marlins: Badenhop

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I spotted three that need to be bolded.

3/23 Reds: Daryle Ward (former Tiger farmhand -- a long time ago)

3/30 Cubs: Paul Bako

3/31 Marlins: Badenhop

Just found a signed team ball with his name on it from my son's old collection.

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3-31-09:

Houston Astros: Returned LHP Gilbert De La Vara, a Rule 5 pick, to the Royals.

New York Mets: Reassigned RHP Elmer Dessens and OF Bobby Kielty to Minor League camp. Released RHP Tony Armas.

Texas Rangers: Outrighted LHP Kason Gabbard to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Washington Nationals: Released OF Wily Mo Pena.

4-1-09:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Sent LHP Travis Blackley outright to Triple-A Reno.

Baltimore Orioles: Acquired INF Robert Andino from the Marlins for RHP Hayden Penn.

Chicago Cubs: Released LHP Edward Campusano.

Chicago White Sox: Sent OF Jerry Owens outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

Cleveland Indians: RHP Jae Kuk Ryu assigned back to the Padres 40-man roster. His March 26 waiver claim was voided by Major League Baseball. Assigned RHP Vinnie Chulk to Minor League camp. Traded RHP Edward Mujica to the Padres for a player to be named.

Detroit Tigers: Optioned LHP Clay Rapada, C Dane Sardinha and IF/OF Ryan Raburn to Triple-A Toledo. Assigned RHP Scott Williamson to Minor League camp. Placed Mike Hessman on waivers.

Florida Marlins: Acquired OF Ross Gload and cash from the Royals for a PTBN. Acquired RHP Hayden Penn from the Orioles for INF Robert Andino. Sent C Mike Rabelo outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Houston Astros: Optioned RHPs Alberto Arias and Jeff Fulchino to Triple-A Round Rock.

Kansas City Royals: John Bale: Placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, as he recovers from thyroid surgery; Traded 1B/OF Ross Gload to the Marlins for a player to be named. Optioned RHP Brian Bannister to Triple-A Omaha. Released RHP Joel Peralta and C Kiel Thibault. Placed LHP John Bale on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, as he recovers from thyroid surgery. RHP Luke Hudson announced his retirement.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Sent C Danny Ardoin outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Milwaukee Brewers: Released INF Mike Lamb. Reassigned LHP Chris Capuano to Minor League camp. Optioned SS Alcides Escobar to Triple-A Nashville.

Oakland Athletics: Acquired RHP Rocky Roquet from the Cubs for a player to be named.

Philadelphia Phillies: Returned Rule 5 pick RHP Robert Mosebach to the Angels.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Optioned RHP Virgil Vasquez to Triple-A Indianapolis. Reassigned RHPs Denny Bautista, Chris Bootcheck and Jason Davis, OFs Garrett Jones and Jeff Salazar, C Erik Kratz and INF/OF Andy Phillips to Minor League camp. Placed LHP Phil Dumatrait on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, recovering from August 2008 left shoulder surgery.

San Diego Padres: Indians returned RHP Jae Kuk Ryu to the Padres' 40-man roster. His March 26 waiver claim was voided by Major League Baseball. Acquired RHP Edward Mujica from the Indians for a player to be named. Optioned OF Drew Macias to Triple-A Portland. Placed RHPs Mike Adams and Mark Worrell on the 15-day disabled list. Reassigned C Eliezer Alfonzo, OF Emil Brown, RHP Greg Burke and 1B Kyle Blanks to Minor League camp.

Seattle Mariners: Re-assigned RHP Randy Messenger and INF Chris Shelton to Minor League camp. Optioned LHP Garrett Olson to Triple-A Tacoma. Placed LHP Cesar Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 29. Outrighted INF/OF Mike Morse to Triple-A Tacoma. Returned LHP Jose Lugo to the Twins from the Rule 5 Draft.

Texas Rangers: Optioned INF Joaquin Arias and OF Brandon Boggs to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Reassigned RHPs Neftali Feliz and Doug Mathis and LHP Derek Holland to Minor League camp. Released OF/IF Frank Catalanotto.

Toronto Blue Jays: Released RHP Matt Bush. Optioned INF Joe Inglett to Triple-A Las Vegas. Reassigned C Raul Chavez and LHP Brad Mills to Minor League camp.

4-2-09:

Minnesota Twins: Placed C Joe Mauer and RHP Boof Bonser on the 15-day disabled list. Placed RHP Scott Baker on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 28.

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3-29-09:Minnesota Twins: Optioned LHP Jose Mijares and C Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester. Reassigned INF Alejandro Machado to Minor League camp.

With the Twins heading to Fort Myers for Spring Training, I expected Mijares to be the setup man this year based on what he did in September. Unfortunately, he was overweight heading to camp, and he was never the same. I still think he will be with the club later this year if he can get his act together, and the Twins are going to need him at some point this year.

What happeened to him is disappointing with the Twins having so many bullpen issues. Jesse Crain will get an opportunity to be the setup guy, but I don't think he is good at all. I have seen enough of him to the point I want him gone. Sure he will have his good games, but the Twins can expect him to blow 15 or more leads this season. At this point, I rather see Brian Duensing (who made the team) be the setup guy. Either him or Luis Ayala. This make losing Pat Neshek for the year is even worse now. I thought the Twins could get by with Neshek's absence with Mjaries doin the job, but that's not the case anymore.

Jose Morales won the job over Butera because he can hit. The Twins have been high on him for years so this is a good opportunity to see what he can do. Butera has a lot of work to do in the minors before he can get his cup of coffee in the majors.

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3-31-09:Minnesota Twins: Placed C Joe Mauer and RHP Boof Bonser on the 15-day disabled list. Placed RHP Scott Baker on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 28.

I have a feeling Mauer is coming back in July. I hope I am wrong, but this news does not make me feel good right now. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

Boof? Who cares?

I am disappointed that Scott Baker is hurt. Yeah he will be back in a couple of weeks, but this is not what I wanted to see heading to the regular season on Monday. He was supposed to be the Opening Night starter against the Mariners, but now that assignment will belong to Liriano.

Plus, Justin Morneau has had a bad back. Sure he is going to play hurt, but if he is hurting, he is not going to be effective as the Twins found out in September this past season.

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4-2-09:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Acquired Rule 5 pick C James Skelton from the Tigers for RHP Brooks Brown. Sent C James Skelton outright to Double-A Mobile.

Baltimore Orioles: Released INF Chris Gomez. Reassigned INF Jolbert Cabrera and C Robby Hammock to Minor League camp.

Chicago Cubs: Released RHP Ken Kadokura.

Cincinnati Reds: Sent OF Norris Hopper outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Houston Astros: Reassigned 3B Chris Johnson to Minor League camp.

New York Mets: Sent RHP Fernando Nieve outright to Double-A Binghamton.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Purchased the contract of OF Craig Monroe from Triple-A Indianapolis.

St. Louis Cardinals: Optioned OF Joe Mather to Triple-A Memphis.

Washington Nationals: Placed INF Anderson Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a left hamstring strain. Placed first baseman Dmitri Young on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1, with hip and back strains. Sent LHP Michael O'Connor outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

4-3-09:

Atlanta Braves: Optioned RHP Manny Acosta, LHP Boone Logan, OF Gregor Blanco and OF Brandon Jones to Triple-A Gwinnett. Reassigned RHP Kris Medlen, INF Brooks Conrad and C J.C. Boscan to Minor League camp. Placed LHP Tom Glavine and C David Ross on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 2 and April 1, respectively. Purchased the contract of OF Jordan Schafer. Recalled C Clint Sammons from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Baltimore Orioles: Sent RHP Jim Hoey outright to Double-A Bowie.

Detroit Tigers: Sent INF Mike Hessman and OF Brent Clevlen outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Florida Marlins: Reassigned RHP Brian Sanches to Minor League camp. Optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A New Orleans. Placed INF Alfredo Amezaga and RHP Scott Proctor on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27. Placed RHP Rick VandenHurk on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 29.

Kansas City Royals: Sent 1B Ryan Shealy outright to Triple-A.

Milwaukee Brewers: Claimed 1B Joe Koshansky off waivers from the Rangers. Sent OF Tony Gwynn outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Minnesota Twins: Optioned INF Matt Tolbert to Triple-A Rochester. Reassigned C Jeff Christy to Minor League camp.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Optioned RHP Evan Meek to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Seattle Mariners: Placed OF Ichiro Suzuki on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 31, with a a bleeding ulcer. Returned Rule 5 pick INF Reegie Corona to the Yankees.

Washington Nationals: Placed RHP Terrell Young on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right shoulder inflammation. Sent 3B Kory Casto outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

4-4-09:

Boston Red Sox: Optioned RHP Clay Buchholz to Triple-A Pawtucket. Placed RHP Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right elbow surgery. Placed OF Mark Kotsay on the on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with back surgery. Placed SS Julio Lugo on the on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right knee surgery. Placed RHP John Smoltz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right shoulder surgery. Placed OF Jonathan Van Every on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a right ankle sprain.

Chicago Cubs: Released IF Esteban German.

Chicago White Sox: Purchased the contracts of RHP Mike MacDougal and C Corky Miller. Reassigned C Donny Lucy to Minor League camp. Placed INF Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained right quadriceps.

Cleveland Indians: Reassigned C Damaso Espino, IF Tony Graffanino, RHP Matt Herges, 3B Andy Marte and SS Wilson Valdez to Minor League camp.

Detroit Tigers: Purchased the contracts of RHP Eddie Bonine and RHP Juan Rincon from Triple-A Toledo. Purchased the contract of RHP Ryan Perry from Class A Lakeland.

Florida Marlins: Purchased the contract of RHP Kiko Calero and IF Andy Gonzalez from Triple-A New Orleans.

Houston Astros: Reassigned OF Reggie Abercrombie, RHP Jose Capellan and C Lou Santangelo to Minor League camp. Purchased the contracts of RHP Russ Ortiz and RHP Jason Smith from Triple-A Round Rock.

Kansas City Royals: Optioned OF Mitch Maier to Triple-A Omaha. Assigned RHP Brandon Duckworth, RHP Roman Colon and LHP Tim Hamulack to Triple-A Omaha.

Los Angeles Angels: Optioned C Ryan Budde, 2B Sean Rodriguez, OF Reggie Willits, C Bobby Wilson and IF Brandon Wood to Triple-A Salt Lake. Reassigned SS Luis Figueroa, RHP David Herndon and RHP Fernando Rodriguez to Minor League camp.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Optioned C A.J. Ellis, SS Chin-lung Hu, OF Xavier Paul, OF Jason Repko and LHP Eric Stults to Triple-A Albuquerque. Reassigned RHP Jeff Weaver to Minor League camp.

New York Yankees: Selected INF Ramiro Pena and reassigned INF Angel Berroa to Minor League camp. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, designated RHP Dan Giese for assignment; Placed 3B Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27 with a right labral hip tear.

Oakland Athletics: Optioned 1B Daric Barton, OF Chris Denorfia, LHP Gio Gonzalez, 3B Jack Hannahan and IF Cliff Pennington to Triple-A Sacramento. Placed OF Ben Copeland (left shoulder strain) and RHP Justin Duchscherer (right elbow surgery) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27. Placed RHP Joey Devine on the 60-day DL with a right elbow sprain. Purchased the contract of LHP Brett Anderson from Triple-A Sacramento. Purchased the contracts of RHP Andrew Bailey and RHP Trevor Cahill from Double-A Midland.

Philadelphia Phillies: Placed LHP J.C. Romero on the restricted list. Placed LHP Michael Zagurski on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27, recovering from April 2008 Tommy John surgery. Purchased the contract of IF Miguel Cairo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Reassigned OF Jason Ellison, RHP Mike Koplove, RHP Gary Majewski and IF Pablo Ozuna to Minor League camp.

San Francisco Giants: Optioned C Steve Holm to triple-A Fresno. Designated RHP Luis Perdomo for assignment. Reassigned RHP Justin Miller to Minor League camp. Placed LHP Noah Lowry on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Placed RHP Sergio Romo on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Purchased the contracts of RHP Brandon Medders, IFs Rich Aurilia and Juan Uribe and OF Andres Torres from Triple-A Fresno.

Seattle Mariners: Recalled INF Matt Tuiasosopo from Triple-A Tacoma. Selected the contracts of INF Mike Sweeney, RHP Chris Jakubauskas and RHP Shawn Kelley from Triple-A Tacoma. Outrighted RHP Jesus Delgado to Triple-A Tacoma. Re-assigned LHP Tyler Johnson, RHP Chad Cordero, C Jamie Burke, INF Chris Burke, INF Chris Woodward and OF Mike Wilson to Minor League Camp.

Washington Nationals: Reassigned SS Alex Cintron and RHP Jesus Colome to Minor League camp. Optioned RHP Jason Bergmann and RHP Garrett Mock to Triple-A Syracuse. Purchased the contracts of C Josh Bard, LHP Wilfredo Ledezma and RHP Julian Tavarez from Triple-A Syracuse.

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