Minor Moves: Chris Jones, Loek Van Mil, Sergio Mitre

Here are Monday's minor moves from around the baseball world…

  • The Orioles announced that they have re-signed left-hander Chris Jones to a minor league deal. Jones, 25, was designated for assignment and released last week in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Nelson Cruz. Jones has a career 3.42 ERA in the minors and limited opposing left-handed hitters to a .196/.291/.268 batting line in 128 plate appearances last season.
  • Nippon Professional Baseball's Rakuten Golden Eagles have signed right-handers Loek Van Mil and Sergio Mitreaccording to a report from Japanese media outlet Sanspo (Japanese link). While the Sanspo report indicates that each signed for $24K, MLBTR has learned that the $24K figure is what Van Mil will earn in the month of March. HIs total 2014 salary is $150K, and his deal contains performance bonuses. Presumably, the $24K is just one month of Mitre's salary as well, which would move him up a few brackets in the NPB payscale bracket that was recently laid out by NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman. Van Mil, a towering 7'1" righty from the Netherlands, was originally a Twins farmhand (Minnesota traded him to the Angels for Brian Fuentes in 2010). The 29-year-old has a career 3.01 ERA at Double-A but has thrown just 21 innings in Triple-A. Mitre hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2011 and has a 5.21 ERA in 454 2/3 Major League innings.
  • As can be seen in MLBTR's DFA TrackerDavid Cooper of the Indians is the only player currently in DFA limbo (the Rangers claimed Andy Parrino off waivers from the A's earlier today).

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8 Comments on "Minor Moves: Chris Jones, Loek Van Mil, Sergio Mitre"

1 year 5 months ago

David Cooper?

1 year 5 months ago

$24K? They really did miss getting a bigger posting fee for Tanaka.

John Cate
1 year 5 months ago

I’m sure they’d have offered more if the players were actually all that good. Surprised they haven’t flashed some cash at Drew or Morales to come play over there for a year and get free from the system.

Jon Melton
1 year 5 months ago

Mil just in time for the Godzilla movie

Barry Hand
1 year 5 months ago

The $24k is in error..I read the source article and actual number is closer to $240K.I think there was an error in calculating the exchange rate

Patrick Newman
1 year 5 months ago

No, there was no error. The reported salary was JPY 2,400,000, which is the minimum salary for players with ikusei contracts. They also have to wear three-digit uniform numbers, 129 for Mitre and 146 for Van Mil.

chris german
1 year 5 months ago

240k sounds far more likely. Why would anyone go to a foreign country to earn 24k? You can’t live off that, let alone go to a foreign country.

connfyoozed .
1 year 5 months ago

a 7’1″ pitcher? The Golden Eagles might as well go ahead and give him a Loek.