Jason Lane Rumors

Minor Transactions: Madrigal, Lane, Vasquez

Tobi Stoner and Jason Pridie both cleared waivers and were outrighted to the Mets' Triple-A affiliate today, reports Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger (Twitter link).  The duo were designated for assignment earlier this week.

Here are some other minor moves from around baseball today, courtesy of Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.  All contracts are minor league deals, and all links are to Goldstein's Twitter feed.

  • The Yankees signed right-hander Warner Madrigal, who last pitched in the majors with Texas in 2009.  Madrigal originally broke into pro ball as an outfielder, but converted to pitching in 2006.  He posted a 3.73 ERA in 35 games with the Rangers' Double-A and Triple-A teams last year.
  • The Blue Jays re-signed Jason Lane.  Best known for his 26-homer season with Houston in 2005, Lane hasn't played in the big leagues since 2007 and has played for the Padres, Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins organizations since leaving the Astros.
  • The Angels signed Virgil Vasquez.  The right-hander pitched in Tampa Bay's system last year.  A seventh-round pick of the Tigers in the 2003 draft, Vasquez has a 6.60 ERA in 19 career Major League games (10 of them starts) with Detroit and Pittsburgh.
  • The Rangers signed catcher Robinzon Diaz, who is best known for being the player to be named later that Toronto sent to Pittsburgh for Jose Bautista in 2009.  Diaz had 139 plate appearances with the Bucs before being released in the offseason.  He played Triple-A ball for Detroit last year.
  • The Rockies signed Kala Ka'aihue.  Ka'aihue was putting up minor league numbers akin to those of his older brother Kila through the 2008 season, but has struggled the last two years.

Minor League Transactions

Here are a few of the noteworthy names involved in this week's minor league transactions, as compiled by Baseball America's Matt Eddy

  • Fernando Cortez was signed to his second go-around with the White Sox organization.  The utilityman last played in the majors in 2007 as a member of the Royals, and has a .665 OPS in 3948 career plate appearances in the minor leagues.
  • The White Sox also released Justin Fuller, best known as the minor-leaguer acquired last summer from Los Angeles in the Jim Thome trade.
  • John Koronka was released by the Dodgers.  The veteran southpaw made two starts for Florida in 2009 before signing with L.A. in January.
  • Jason Lane was released by the Marlins.  Best known for his time with Houston from 2002 to 2007, Lane's finest year came in 2005 when he hit 26 homers and posted an .815 OPS in 561 plate appearances for the Astros.  He last appeared in the majors in 2007 with San Diego.
  • Texas dealt right-hander Jailen Peguero to the Astros for future considerations.  Peguero posted a 7.50 ERA in 25 relief appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2007-08.
  • Cleveland released Josh Phelps just a few weeks after signing him to a minor-league deal.
  • The Mariners signed pitcher Billy Traber.  The left-hander has a 5.65 ERA in 96 career major league appearances, 28 of them starts.  He appeared in one game last season, allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings of mop-up duty for Boston.

Odds & Ends: Blue Jays, Gomes, Lincecum

Links for Saturday…

Blue Jays Sign Brandon Fahey, Jason Lane

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Blue Jays signed infielder Brandon Fahey and outfielder Jason Lane to minor league deals.

Fahey, 28 in January, isn’t much with the bat.  He is versatile though.  Lane, 32, hit .236/.340/.447 for the Yankees’ Triple A affiliate last year.  His career highlight was a 26 home run season for the ’05 Astros.

Odds and Ends: Manny, Pavano, Gonzalez

Some Saturday mid-day linkage:

Sarah Green writes for UmpBump and the Boston Metro and can be reached here.

Odds And Ends: Lane, Taveras, Cubs, Reyes

Round three from the MLBiverse…

  • The Red Sox have signed former Astros outfielder Jason Lane to a minor league deal.
  • Troy E. Renck says that Willy Taveras could be moved this winter and speculates that the Nationals might be a good fit if Lastings Milledge is moved from center field.
  • Paul Sullivan says the Cubs are not likely to make many changes this winter with only four key free agents. One of those free agents, Ryan Dempster, said that he would prefer to stay with the Cubs.
  • Omar Minaya says Al Reyes turned down a major league job with another organization to take the minor league deal with the Mets.

Cork Gaines writes for RaysIndex.com and can be reached here.

Odds and Ends: Lane, K-Rod, Adam LaRoche

Random linkage…

Odds and Ends: Lane, Dodgers, Huntington

A collection of links to browse on this fine Monday.

Yankees Sign Jason Lane

UPDATE, 1-10-08 at 10:34pm: According to Peter Abraham, the Yanks signed Lane to a minor league deal.

FROM 1-10-08 at 8:56am:

The Yankees are looking an affordable option as a possibility at first base.  Mike Puma of the New York Times reports that 31 year-old free agent Jason Lane is on the radar.

Puma points out that Lane would have to learn first base, as he hasn’t spent much time there is his career.  Lane was a late bloomer, and may have topped out with his 26 home run season in 2005.  But this wouldn’t require much of a commitment, so it makes sense to give him a look.  The Sports Hernia weighed in on this rumor today, check it out.

Padres Acquire Jason Lane

Ed Wade’s first move as Astros GM was something of a favor to his former boss, Kevin Towers.  He dealt 30 year-old outfielder Jason Lane to the Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  MLB.com’s Alyson Footer expects the Astros to take the cash.

Lane was featured in our non-tender candidate list written back in August.  He has a bit more than three years of service time and makes $1.05MM this year.  I believe he’ll reach arbitration for the first time this winter.

The Padres apparently want Lane for more than just this week (he won’t be eligible for the postseason should they make it).  Towers says Lane will be in the mix with Scott Hairston and Brian Giles for next year’s outfield.  They might use Lane in center field.

So far Lane has a .241/.315/.458 line in about 1200 big league at-bats.  The average NL center fielder is hitting .273/.336/.427 this year.  If Lane can play to his career averages and not embarrass himself defensively the Padres might have something here.  He has some interesting comparables in his list, including Jermaine Dye and Eric Byrnes on the optimistic end.  This is a typical Towers stathead-type move.  There’s really no downside to it.