Bryan Augenstein Rumors

Minor Moves: Brandon Snyder, Padres, Twins

Here are Wednesday's minor moves…

  • The Rangers have signed Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of (on Twitter). The 26-year-old former first round pick of the Orioles hit .277/.309/.446 in 69 plate appearances with Texas last year while playing first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
  • The Padres have re-signed Juan Oramas to a minor league deal according to's Corey Brock (on Twitter). The 22-year-old left-hander was non-tendered last month and is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
  • The Padres have also signed right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, infielder Gregorio Petit, and catcher Rene Rivera to minor league contracts, the team announced. All three players received invitations to Spring Training.
  • The Twins have signed outfielder Brandon Boggs, infielder Ray Olmedo, right-hander Bryan Augenstein, first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez, right-hander Scott Elarton, right-hander Virgil Vasquez, left-hander Mike O'Connor, and left-hander Jason Lane to minor league deals according to's Adam Berry. Boggs, Olmedo, and Augenstein received invitations to Spring Training.

Cardinals Designate Bryan Augenstein For Assignment

The Cardinals have designated Bryan Augenstein for assignment, reports B.J. Rains of (on Twitter). The move frees up a roster spot for P.J. Walters.

Augenstein, 25 next week, had been claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks during the offseason. He appeared in five games for St. Louis, all in relief, and allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six, but walked three (all intentional) and allowed 11 hits. In 12 2/3 innings in the minors, Augenstein struck out 13 but allowed 11 runs.

Cardinals Claim Bryan Augenstein

The Cardinals claimed righty Bryan Augenstein off waivers from the Diamondbacks today, according to the team's Twitter feed.  The 24-year-old spent most of the year at Triple-A, posting a 6.56 ERA, 7.5 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, and 0.9 HR/9 in 120.6 innings.  He allowed a whopping 162 hits in that time.

Augenstein didn't improve his stock after Baseball America ranked him 11th among Diamondbacks prospects heading into the season.  Even then, they wrote that in the best case he "profiles as a solid fourth or fifth starter in the Majors."  He works with an 86-89 mph sinker.