Minor Moves: Astros, Rivera, Branyan, Igarashi

The latest minor moves from around MLB…

  • The Astros released first baseman Jimmy Van Ostrand and right-hander Lance Pendleton, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets.
  • The Brewers released catcher Mike Rivera, according to the team (via media relations director Mike Vassallo on Twitter). The 35-year-old appeared in one game with the 2011 Brewers and has experience in nine MLB seasons.
  • The Yankees announced that they released Russell Branyan from his minor league contract and re-signed him to a new one. The Yankees appear to save $100K with the maneuver. 
  • The Blue Jays acquired right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Pirates for cash considerations or a player to be named later, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports (Twitter links). Davidi suggests the Blue Jays will likely assign Igarashi to Triple-A. The 32-year-old appeared in 45 games for the 2011 Mets, posting a 4.66 ERA with 9.8 K/9 and 6.5 BB/9 in 38 2/3 innings.
  • The Phillies announced that they traded minor league first baseman Matt Rizzotti to the Twins for cash considerations today. The 26-year-old spent the 2011 season at Double-A Reading and posted a .295/.392/.511 line with 24 home runs, 34 doubles and 79 walks in 587 plate appearances. 

21 Responses to Minor Moves: Astros, Rivera, Branyan, Igarashi Leave a Reply

  1. Reading is AA

  2. Hopefully he gets a shot at the MLB Level, he always seemed to be a DH/PH type of player

  3. He spent last season at Double-A Reading, not Triple-A. He absolutely tore the cover off the ball. If his numbers can translate to the Major League level, the Twins have a serious power-hitting threat in their lineup/bench.

    • he needs to keep eatin the roast beef sandwiches.

      • He prefers cheesesteaks, but I don’t think Minnesota has any!

        • Daniel Garner 3 years ago

          Obviously you do not go to the Reading Games, or you would understand the Roast Beef RBi giveaway and the roast beef chants.  I am a proud winner on many occasions thanks to Rizzoti

          • Of course I go to Reading games, who do you think starts the “Roast Beef” chants? Now that he has a chance to be a big-leaguer, he needs to go the extra yard with the cheesesteaks.

        • nick1538 3 years ago

          We do have Tony O’s Cuba Sandwiches at Target Field.  Mmm…

  4. nm344 3 years ago

    Too bad he really can’t field at all.  Going to the AL is the best thing for him if he can be a bench/dh guy.

  5. Kristopher Watson 3 years ago

    Yeah because the Phillies have no need for a solid hitting first baseman?  Howard has one achilles left and Thome is 42.  Great move Amaro.  

    • Jamie Sayer 3 years ago

       Technically your sarcasm starts and finishes right after, so what I’m getting is that the whole sentence you’re dead serious about.

  6. Harryhood280 3 years ago

    Traded for cash considerations…I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a precursor to the phillies making a trade or signing a FA for the infield Considering how close they are to the luxury tax.

  7. Blue387 3 years ago

    Igarashi wasn’t good last year.

    • Lastings 3 years ago

      He wasn’t bad either. He was atrocious…

      • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

         He was pretty amazing in AAA 31.0IP 0.774WHIP. Hopefully he stays there all season.

  8. 1980CHAMPS 3 years ago

    Is this Ruben Amaro Jr?

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