Minor Deals: Mariners, Sutton, Braves, Burroughs

Here is today's batch of minor league deals, with the most recent updates at the top:

  • The Mariners signed Luis Rodriguez, a shortstop who played in the majors from 2005-09 with the Twins and Padres, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (on Twitter). The light-hitting 30-year-old exploded with 16 homers and 17 doubles in 400 plate appearances for the White Sox at Triple-A in 2010.
  • The Yankees signed Neal Cotts, the Marlins signed Josh Kroeger and the A's signed Adam Heether and Anthony Lerew, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (all links go to Twitter). Cotts, a 30-year-old left-hander, has pitched parts of seven seasons in the majors, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and didn't pitch in 2010 because of hip surgery. Kroeger, 28, has 47 homers and 51 steals over the course of the past three seasons at Triple-A.
  • The Red Sox signed former Reds outfielder Drew Sutton, according to Eddy (on Twitter). The 27-year old has a .229/.302/.381 line in 118 major league plate appearances, but he did hit 20 homers at Double-A two seasons ago.
  • Eddy reports that the Cubs have re-signed longtime minor leaguer Bobby Scales (Twitter link).
  • The Braves have signed four players, according to Eddy (all links go to Twitter). Outfielder Jose Constanza, 27, batted .319/.373/.394 at Triple-A for the Indians; 28-year-old infielder Ed Lucas hit .307/.398/.480 at Triple-A for the Royals; utilityman Wilkin Castillo can catch and play in the infield and outfield, but hasn't hit Triple-A pitching and Shawn Bowman, 25, hit 22 homers at Double-A.
  • The Mariners signed left-hander Fabio Castro to a minor league contract, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (on Twitter). The 25-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2007; he posted a 4.93 ERA with 8.8 K/9 for Boston's Triple-A affiliate in 2010.
  • The White Sox claimed releiver Waldis Joaquin off of waivers from the Giants, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. The 23-year-old made the Giants' Opening Day roster, but allowed six earned runs and seven walks in 4 2/3 innings, so he was demoted to the minors. He posted a 4.43 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 5.5 BB/9 in 40 2/3 innings split between Rookie ball and Triple-A.
  • The Brewers signed signed right-hander Zack Segovia to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. The 27-year-old has big league experience with the Phillies and Nationals. He spent the 2010 season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate and posted a 4.19 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 62 1/3 innings.
  • The D'Backs signed Sean Burroughs, according to minor league transactions cited by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (on Twitter). The third baseman is reunited with GM Kevin Towers, who signed Burroughs in 1998 to what was then the biggest amateur bonus in team history. Now 30, Burroughs hasn't played pro ball since 2007.

44 Responses to Minor Deals: Mariners, Sutton, Braves, Burroughs Leave a Reply

  1. padreshobo 5 years ago

    “The D’Backs signed Sean Burroughs . . .”


    • qudjy1 5 years ago

      X2. Jeez.. I know its only a minor league deal, but cmon…

    • azdsnd 5 years ago

      List of players acquired thus far by KT:

      – Geoff Blum
      – Johan Jaime
      – Juan Miranda
      – Sean Burroughs

      3/4 of them – Blum, Miranda, and Burroughs – were former KT players at his previous jobs (Blum and Burroughs in SD, Miranda in NY). I’m not liking this trend.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        That would be Juan Jaime, and he was dominant before TJ…Worth the risk.

        • azdsnd 5 years ago

          Meh. Johan Jaime is a D-backs DSL’er, just mixed the two up.

      • Brandon Woodworth 5 years ago

        Looks like the Dayton Moore strategy.

      • vtadave 5 years ago

        Yep, those names should have been:

        – Cliff Lee
        – Paul Konerko
        – Jayson Werth
        – Rafael Soriano

        Relax guys, it’s November 22.

      • jdub220 5 years ago

        Don’t forget Brian Sweeney.

      • GasLampGuru 5 years ago

        This is vintage KT. He gets emotionally attached to guys and can’t let go. DBacks fans have a season of Burroughs at 3B, Blum at 2B and Miranda at 1B to look forward to. But hey, at least they’ll trade their big bats for middle relievers and a couple starters.

  2. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    White Sox claimed him from themselves? 😉

  3. Really the whitesox claimed someone from their own organization????? Talk about a typo.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Take it easy guys, Ben is one of the most hardest working guys on MLBTR and he writes a thread typo-less 999-1000 of the time, so give him a break. People make mistakes.

  4. I know this is probably a mistake but I find it hard to believe that the White Sox claimed a player from the White Sox?

  5. AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs 5 years ago

    Waldis Joaquin claimed the White Sox from Waldis Joaquin?

    (trying something different)

  6. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I’ve always been a fan of Waldis Joaquin, but thats mostly because I just like his name…Just being honest.

    • roberty 5 years ago

      In 2007 I was rooting for a Cleveland/Colorado World Series, mostly because I liked the idea of a Fausto Carmona vs Ubaldo Jimenez showdown. The two coolest names in all of baseball going head to head. Of course, Ambiorix Burgos would disagree.

  7. jondogg2010 5 years ago

    What a claim. I wonder what other players the White Sox will claim from themselves =)

  8. Joaquin is pretty good. Throws really hard and has very good stuff. Can be wild though.

  9. Has anyone pointed out yet that it says the White Sox claimed a player from the White Sox? Just wondering

  10. vtadave 5 years ago

    Sean Burroughs? Nice. Figured he was managing a tire shop by now, so it’s good to see a guy still chasing his dream no matter how long the odds.

  11. jdub220 5 years ago

    “According to the just released minor league transactions, the #Diamondbacks have signed 3B Sean Burroughs. I can’t make this s**t up.”

    I LOL’d so hard at the last sentence. Well, actually, the first sentence was pretty funny too…

  12. Hey KT… you want your golden boy Chase Headley too?

    • jdub220 5 years ago

      He put up a 4.6 WAR year and you’re ready to dump him? I’m not KT, but sure, we’ll take him…

  13. Lol players form Arizona going to SD, and SD people going to AZ LOl

  14. Joaquin was ranked as one of the Giants top 10 prospects in a lot of different places at the beginning of the year. Nice pick up by the Sox, glad somebody’s doing their homework over there.

    • firealyellon 5 years ago

      hard throwing 24 year old working with Don Cooper. Yumm-O.

    • timmah_55 5 years ago

      Joaquin might be done for next year after going through back surgery. Nice pick up for 2012-13

      • I’ve read nothing of back surgery, you must be thinking of someone else. He did have elbow surgery in 2006.

  15. moonraker45 5 years ago

    Nice pick up by the braves.. i know Bowman is 25 in AA, but he really did have an impressive year.. He was a former highly touted prospect, injuries derailed him. but hopefully someone gives him a shot.

  16. I suppose the M’s signed Luis Rodriguez for insurance since Wilson is always hurt but this guy really isn’t a great hitter. His fielding is pretty good though.

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