Minor Moves: Powell, Mattingly, Hu, Phillips, Herrera

Here’s where we’ll keep track of the latest minor moves…

  • Athletics catcher Landon Powell has accepted his assignment to Triple-A, MLB.com's Jane Lee tweets. Powell cleared waivers about a week ago.
  • The Yankees signed Preston Mattingly to a minor league deal, tweets Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. The 24-year-old former first rounder posted a .232/.281/.354 line in the lower minors last year. He is the son of current Dodgers manager and former Yankees star Don Mattingly. 
  • The Indians signed former Dodgers and Mets shortstop prospect Chin-lung Hu, Goldstein tweets. The 27-year-old has a .296/.339/.412 line in nine minor league seasons. He appeared in 22 games with the Mets last year and also has MLB experience with the Dodgers.
  • The Brewers announced that they signed catcher Paul Phillips to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training. The 34-year-old has MLB experience with the White Sox, Royals and Rockies. He spent the 2011 season with the Indians' top affiliate, posting a .237./281/.305 line.
  • Danny Herrera cleared waivers and will remain in the Mets’ organization as a non-roster player, ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin tweets. The 27-year-old sidearmer joined the Mets in last summer's Francisco Rodriguez trade. He pitched 9 2/3 innings in the Major Leagues in 2011 and spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a 2.20 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.
  • The Angels signed outfielder Doug Deeds to a minor league deal, Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweets. Deeds posted a .249/.304/.444 line for the Rangers' top affiliate in 2011.
  • The Angels also signed outfielder Drew Macias, Eddy tweets. Macias, 28, has a .249/.363/.376 line in four Triple-A seasons and picked up some MLB experience with the 2007-09 Padres.


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18 Comments on "Minor Moves: Powell, Mattingly, Hu, Phillips, Herrera"


3 years 7 months ago

 Hu?

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

Hu. Chin-lung Hu. When he walks or singles… (don’t make me say it).

The problem is he hardly ever gets there.

Christopher Soto
3 years 7 months ago

Glad Herrera cleared he showed that he could possibly be effective as a LOOGY. Keep him in Buffalo and once Brydak’s old arm starts breaking down call him up.

GasLampGuru
3 years 7 months ago

As a Padres fan, I always liked Drew Macias.  Not saying he was ‘special’ by any means, but he had flashed where he reminded me of a young Steve Finley (before PED’s).  Good fielder, good speed, used the whole field, lots of hustle.  Too bad he never found a place where he could stick.

wintwins
3 years 7 months ago

I should change my last name to Jeter. Maybe the yankees will sign me

Alex
3 years 7 months ago

Last I’d heard of Hu, he’d been outrighted, but not released. How did the Indians get him?

Also, I’m surprised to see the Mets let go of him so easily. IIRC, weren’t they pretty excited to get him? Didn’t they have a press conference and everything?

3 years 7 months ago

He was eligible for minor league free agency this past fall.

greggofboken
3 years 7 months ago

The press conference was called because of the interest his signing generated in the Taiwanese media and among that segment of their fanbase — not for anything Hu’s skills promised.

3 years 7 months ago

yankees:)

mattinglyfan
3 years 7 months ago

As a Yankee fan with Donnie Baseball being my favorite player, seeing a Mattingly in the organization again is cool, but also sad because Preston is not very good. 

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

The a’s seriously need to move some of their minor league catching depth, dunno/don’t care how, if they keep suzuki that just means the older guys are blocking the way for ortiz and norris

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

Hu isn’t much better than average as a defender, either. He’s a classic career minor leaguer who gets a few cups of coffee.

Devern Hansack
3 years 7 months ago

Hu was Jose Iglesias before Jose Iglesias was Jose Iglesias.

Devern Hansack
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve always read reports that he was an elite defender.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

and before Adeiny Hechavarria was Jose Iglesias

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

Nope, and this is coming from a Dodgers fan.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

My recollections from watching him play as a Dodger is that he’s about average with the glove. His defensive stats seem to back up my memory.

wintwins
3 years 7 months ago

Is Landon Powell your favorite catcher?