Week In Review: 6/10/12 – 6/16/12

As we tip our caps to Matt Cain and R.A. Dickey for providing Wednesday's evening of historical pitching, let's catch up on the week that was here on MLBTR…

  • The Dodgers signed Andre Ethier to a five-year, $85MM extension. Ethier boasts a solid .291/.363/.482 slash line for his career, but has a less-than-stellar defensive reputation. 
  • Jorge Soler is headed to Wrigley after the Cubs won the bidding and signed the Cuban outfielder to a nine-year deal worth approximately $30MM. 
  • The Twins signed second overall pick Byron BuxtonThe high school outfielder will receive a bonus of $6MM, which is $200K below MLB's recommended figure of $6.2MM. Supplemental first round draft pick J.O. Berrios also signed with the Twins and will receive a $1.55MM bonus.
  • Veteran infielder Aaron Miles retired from baseball on Wednesday after hitting .235/.297/.338 in 18 games for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. 
  • The Athletics granted Manny Ramirez his outright release after the former Red Sox star hit .302/.348/.349 for Triple-A Sacramento in 69 plate appearances this year. 
  • Vladimir Guerrero is a free agent as the Blue Jays released him at his request after failing to be promoted to the big leagues. 
  • Livan Hernandez's lengthy career may be coming to a close after the Braves designated the right-hander for assignment. He posted a 4.94 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 31 innings out of the bullpen for Atlanta.
  • A's first baseman Kila Ka'aihue cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.
  • Donnie Murphy's poor hitting has him headed to the minor leagues after the Marlins outrighted the utility infielder to Triple-A New Orleans. Murphy posted a .136/.250/.318 batting line in 52 plate appearances this season. 
  • The Cubs designated catcher Koyie Hill for assignment. Hill appeared in 11 games for the Cubs this year, collecting six singles and a double in 39 plate appearances. 
  • Esmil Rogers hopes a league change will remedy his pitching woes after the Indians acquired the right-hander from the Rockies for $150K. In a related move, the Indians outrighted catcher Luke Carlin to Triple-A after designating him for assignment.
  • Catcher Omir Santos signed with the Rockies after cutting ties with the Tigers. The 31-year-old elected free agency last week after Detroit designated him for assignment. 
  • The Red Sox released Marlon Byrd after designating the outfielder for assignment earlier this month. 
  • The Red Sox signed supplemental first rounder Pat Light, who agreed to a bonus of $1MM.
  • The Blue Jays signed first round draft pick D.J. Davis. The team also announced the signing of supplementary first round selections Mitchell Nay and Tyler Gonzales.
  • The Indians signed first round pick Tyler Naquin, who will obtain a bonus of $1.75MM.
  • The White Sox signed first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins. The outfielder will obtain a bonus of $2.475MM. Foregoing his scholarship to the University of Miami, supplementary first round pick Keon Barnum also signed with the White Sox
  • Thanks to a busy front office, the Rangers signed their top five selections from the draft. 
  • First round selection Addison Russell signed with the Athletics as did supplementary first round pick Daniel Robertson
  • The Phillies signed supplemental first round pick Shane Watson, who will receive a bonus of $1.29MM. 
  • The Mets signed supplemental first round draft pick Kevin Plawecki. He'll obtain a $1.4MM bonus.
  • First round draft pick Michael Wacha signed with the Cardinals and received a $1.9MM bonus. The Cardinals also signed supplementary first-round pick Stephen Piscotty, who will receive a $1.4MM bonus.
  • The Reds signed first round pick Nick Travieso. The right-hander, selected 14th overall, will receive a $2MM bonus.
  • The Pirates signed supplemental first round selection Barrett Barnes, who will obtain a $1MM bonus.
  • Supplemental first round selections Paul Blackburn and Pierce Johnson signed with the Cubs.
  • Supplemental first round draft pick Mitch Haniger signed with the Brewers and will obtain a $1.2MM bonus.
  • The Padres signed first round selection Max Fried, who will obtain $3MM.
  • The Rockies signed first round pick David Dahl. The high school outfielder, selected 10th overall, will receive a $2.6MM bonus. The Rockies also signed supplemental first round selection Eddie Butler for $1MM.
  • The Giants signed first round pick Chris Stratton, who will receive the full $1.85MM slot bonus for the 20th overall selection..
  • The Dodgers signed their supplementary first round draft choice Jesmuel Valentin


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