Week In Review: 6/24/12 – 6/30/12

As Boston says goodbye to one former All-Star and Baltimore welcomes another, let's catch up on the week that was here on MLBTR…

  • The White Sox acquired Kevin Youkilis and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Zach Stewart and utility player Brent Lillibridge. Youkilis was hitting .225/.311/.359 in 41 games with Boston this season while appearing in 32 games at third base and 13 at first base. 
  • Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler officially signed a nine-year, $30MM contract with the Cubs
  • The Orioles acquired Jim Thome from the Phillies in exchange for two minor league prospects. Baltimore designated Zach Phillips for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Thome.
  • Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig signed a seven-year, $42MM contract with the Dodgers.
  • The White Sox designated left-hander Will Ohman for assignment. The 34-year-old has a 5.84 ERA with 4.4 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 in 24.2 innings of work this year.
  • Ryan Doumit's solid start to the season netted him a two-year, $7MM extension with the Twins.
  • The Cubs designated Randy Wells for assignment and then outrighted the right-hander to Triple-A after he cleared waivers.
  • The Yankees claimed right-hander Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Indians and designated Danny Farquhar for assignment in a corresponding move. 
  • First round pick Corey Seager reached an agreement with the Dodgers on a $2.35MM bonus.
  • The Brewers claimed shortstop Hector Gomez off waivers from the Rockies and designated right-hander Brandon Kintzler for assignment in a corresponding move. 
  • Taiwanese shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin signed with the Red Sox and received a $2.05MM bonus.
  • The Red Sox designated Darnell McDonald for assignment to clear space for Josh Beckett's activation.
  • Travis Buck is headed to Triple-A as the Astros outrighted the outfielder to Oklahoma City after he posted a .216/.284/.311 batting line in 81 plate appearances for Houston.
  • The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with right-hander David Hernandez on a two-year contract extension.
  • The Reds signed supplemental first round pick Jeff Gelalich for $825K.
  • Kosuke Fukudome's tenure with the White Sox came to an end as Chicago released the veteran outfielder.
  • The Phillies designated right-hander Chad Qualls for assignment. The 33-year-old reliever posted a 4.60 ERA with 5.5 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 54.5% ground ball rate in 31 1/3 innings.
  • Supplemental first round pick Travis Jankowski signed with the Padres for $975K.
  • The Pirates claimed infielder/outfielder Oscar Tejeda off waivers from the Red Sox. To make room for Tejeda, Pittsburgh designated left-hander Doug Slaten for assignment.
  • The Indians‬ claimed infielder Vinny Rottino off outright waivers from the Mets. Rottino owns a career .188/.282/.319 slash line in 44 big league games.
  • Veteran Jamie Moyer signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays as the 49-year-old looks to continue his career with his third different team this season.
  • The Royals designated Humberto Quintero for assignment. Quintero, 32, hit .232/.257/.341 in 144 plate appearances for Kansas City this season.
  • The Pirates designated Daniel Moskos for assignment. Moskos had pitched to a 3.86 ERA in 14 Triple-A innings this season while battling elbow problems.
  • First-round pick Brian Johnson signed with the Red Sox for $1.575MM. 
  • The Pirates claimed infielder Drew Sutton off of waivers from the Rays.
  • Willie Harris is headed to Triple-A as the Reds outrighted the outfielder to Louisville after he posted a .114/.170/.205 batting line in 48 plate appearances for Cincinnati. 
  • The Nationals released Brad Lidge after the right-hander appeared in just 9.1 innings this year, allowing ten runs with ten strikeouts and 11 walks.
  • The Cardinals signed first round selection James Ramsey for $1.6MM.
  • Miguel Tejada sought and was given his release by the Orioles after hitting .260/.327/.290 in 147 plate appearances at Triple-A.
  • The Royals outrighted Roman Colon to Triple-A after the 32-year-old appeared in three games for Kansas City and allowed six runs in eight relief innings.
  • The Padres claimed right-hander Mark Hamburger off waivers from the Rangers and optioned him to Triple-A.

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