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Here are today’s minor moves and outright assignments from around the league…
- The Dodgers have outrighted first baseman Clint Robinson after designating him on Thursday, according to the PCL transactions page. In the midst of a highly productive minor league campaign (.309/.402/.523 with 14 home runs), the 29-year-old was able to pick up his first three big league hits during a brief stint with the big club.
- Catcher John Buck was released today by the Mariners, the club announced. Buck was recently designated for assignment after struggling to a .226/.293/.286 line in his first 92 plate appearances with Seattle. He signed a one-year, $1MM deal to join the club over the offseason.
- The Giants announced that Brandon Hicks has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Fresno. Hicks was designated for assignment upon Marco Scutaro‘s activation from the DL. While he hit just .162 in 242 trips to the plate, Hicks showed plate discipline (13.2 percent walk rate) and some pop (eight homers) in his time with the Major League club.
The Dodgers have designated Clint Robinson for assignment, manager Don Mattingly tells reporters, including Ken Gurnick of MLB.com (Twitter link). The move makes room for the activation of Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list.
The 29-year-old Robinson collected his first three Major League hits and his first two big league RBIs in his brief time with the Dodgers. The first baseman appeared in nine games and collected 10 plate appearances in the Majors, and he’s had an outstanding season in the minor leagues to date as well. Robinson has batted .309/.402/.523 with 14 homers in 333 plate appearances this season in Triple-A. He’s no stranger to success at that level, as the former 25th-round pick (Royals) has an excellent line of .302/.392/.488 in 377 Triple-A contests.
The Dodgers have designated utility man Jamie Romak for assignment, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick (on Twitter). ESPN Los Angeles’ Mark Saxon adds (also via Twitter) that the team has purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Clint Robinson.
The 28-year-old Romak’s long journey to the Majors was a nice story when he got his promotion earlier this season. He appeared in 15 games for the Dodgers, collecting a double and three RBIs in 23 trips to the plate before being designated today. The Canadian-born former fourth-round pick has a solid minor league track record, as he owns a career .250/.325/.463 batting line in his career at Triple-A, where he’s spent most of his time in right field and at first base.
Robinson, 29, has crushed Triple-A pitching this season, batting .309/.402/.523 with 14 home runs in 333 plate appearances. He has brief Major League experience with the Royals in 2012 — he went 0-for-4 in four pinch-hit appearances — before being traded to Pittsburgh along with Vin Mazzaro the following offseason. He inked a minor league deal with the Dodgers this offseason.
Here are today's minor moves from around the league…
- The Yankees have outrighted infielder Corban Joseph, according to the International League transactions page. Joseph made his big-league debut in 2013, collecting seven plate appearances. He spent much of the season at Triple-A Scranton, where he hit .239/.329/.383 in 213 plate appearances.
- The Indians have signed lefty reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets. Zagurski pitched in the Pirates, Yankees and Athletics organizations in 2013, posting a 3.04 ERA with a ridiculous 14.0 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 53 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level. He did, however, get shelled in 6 1/3 big-league innings.
- The Orioles signed infielder Sharlon Schoop and outfielder Ronald Bermudez to minor league contracts, according to a team release. Schoop last played in the minors in 2012, when he was in the Royals organization. He is the brother of Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop. Bermudez hit .261/.299/.329 in stints at Double-A and Triple-A in the Red Sox organization in 2013.
- Infielder Brandon Snyder has re-signed what appears to be a minor league deal with the Red Sox, the infielder tweeted himself the other night. Snyder collected 52 plate appearances with the Sox in 2013, hitting .180/.212/.360.
- The Rays announced yesterday that they have agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Sam Runion. The 25-year-old Runion, a client of Dishman Sports Group, was the Royals' second-round pick in 2007. He has a career 3.41 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 at Double-A and reached Triple-A for the first time in 2013. Runion converted to a relief role full-time in 2010 and has enjoyed success since, yielding just eight homers and posting a 3.80 ERA in 170 1/3 frames.
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed Yamaico Navarro to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training (Twitter link). The Wasserman Media Group client appeared in eight games for the Orioles last season and slashed .267/.354/.418 at Triple-A.
- The Nationals inked righty Daniel Stange to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (Twitter link). The 27-year-old posted a 4.52 ERA in 65 2/3 Triple-A innings with the Angels and also made it into three big league games for the Halos in 2013.
- The Dodgers announced that they've signed former No. 4 overall pick Daniel Moskos to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Now 27 years old, Moskos spent last season with the White Sox' Triple-A affiliate, pitching to a 4.97 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 15 walks in 29 innings of relief.
- The Dodgers also signed Clint Robinson to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reported earlier in the week. The 28-year-old first baseman split the 2013 campaign between the Blue Jays' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, slashing .254/.353/.421 with 13 homers.
- The Mets announced that they have signed right-hander Miguel Socolovich to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training (Twitter link). The 27-year-old Venezuelan fired 11 1/3 one-run innings for NPB's Hiroshima Carp last season and owns a career 2.99 ERA with 10.4 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 129 1/3 Triple-A innings. He has some brief Major League experience, having allowed 11 runs in 16 1/3 innings between the Cubs and Orioles in 2012.
Charlie Wilmoth contributed to this post.
Here are your minor moves from around the league for Friday…
- The Blue Jays have announced that Ramon Ortiz and Clint Robinson cleared waivers and were outrighted off the 40-man roster, per Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson Smith (on Twitter). Ortiz was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, while Robinson was outrighted to Double-A New Hampshire. Both were designated for assignment earlier this week.
- Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal tweets that the Pirates have acquired Triple-A right-hander Graham Godfrey from the Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations. The 28-year-old Godfrey has amassed 46 Major League innings — all with the Athletics – and posted a 5.09 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.
- The Pirates have acquired Triple-A lefty Atahualpa Severino from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Severino, 28, has a 3.40 ERA, 7.9 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9 in 156 1/3 career innings at Triple-A. He received a brief taste of the Major Leagues with the Nationals back in 2011, totaling 4 2/3 innings of relief.
- The Marlins have outrighted infielder Nick Green to Triple-A New Orleans, according to the PCL's Transactions page, meaning that he cleared waivers after being designated for assignment Wednesday.
- The Braves released minor league outfielder Corey Wimberly, according to the International League Transaction log. The 29-year-old hit .234/.268/.351 in 25 games (83 plate appearances) for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
- The Indians announced (via Twitter) that they have signed right-hander Chris Jakubauskas and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. The 34-year-old has a 5.58 ERA in 166 big league innings and last saw the Majors with the Orioles in 2011. Jakubauskas spent 2012 in the D-backs and Blue Jays organizations, and he appeared in eight Triple-A games for the Brewers this season. He has a 3.75 ERA in 175 career innings at Triple-A.
In related moves, the team has placed Brett Lawrie on the DL with a sprained ankle, recalled right-hander Todd Redmond and selected the contracts of Juan Perez and Neil Wagner (which MLBTR's Tim Dierkes reported earlier today).
The 28-year-old Robinson was claimed off waivers at the end of March from the Pirates organization. Originally a 25th-round selection by the Royals in 2007, Robinson posted a .270/.381/.404 batting line in 47 games at Double-A New Hampshire this season. He is a .306/.382/.512 hitter in parts of seven Minor League seasons and received four plate appearances with the Royals last season.
The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Alex Burnett off of waivers from the Twins and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Pirates, according to a team press release. To make room on the 40-man roster, Toronto designated first baseman Lars Anderson for assignment.
Burnett, 25, made 67 appearances for the Twins last season, posting a 3.52 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. To date, the right-hander has spent his entire professional career with Minnesota, posting a 4.61 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 across three major league campaigns.
Robinson, 28, played in four big league games for the Royals last season but spent the bulk of the season in Triple-A Omaha. In 131 games, Robinson hit .292/.393/.452 with 13 homers.
Toronto claimed Anderson off of waivers from the White Sox a little over a month ago. The left-handed hitter, spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A, where he posted a .250/.353/.396 batting line in 470 plate appearances.
Burnett will be sent to Triple-A Buffalo, while Robinson has been sent to Double-A New Hampshire.