Here are today's minor transactions, with the latest at the top of the page…
- The Orioles have inked reliever Luis Vizcaino to a minor league deal, the club announced. Vizcaino, 38, has eleven seasons of MLB pitching under his belt, but last appeared in the bigs back in 2009 and had his career derailed by an achilles tear and PED suspension. Vizcaino reemerged last year with Yucatan of the Mexican League, notching a 1.40 ERA in 45 innings and racking up 25 saves.
- Baltimore has also signed infielder Brock Bond to a minor league deal, the club further announced. Bond had spent his entire career in the Giants system. Last year, CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly profiled the switch-hitting Bond, whose career minor league OBP has hovered around the .400 mark. The 27-year-old spent most of 2010-12 at Triple-A and competed for a roster spot in Spring Training last season. But he started off in the lower minors after a late-spring oblique injury, and never worked his way back up the ladder. After slashing .332/.422/.398 at Triple-A in 2012, Bond ended up with a .240/.339/.324 line at High A last year.
- The White Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Brian Omogrosso to a minor league contract, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports (Twitter link). Omogrosso elected to become a free agent in October after the White Sox outrighted him off their 40-man roster. Omogrosso, 29, posted a 9.37 ERA, 8.8 K/9 and 1.78 K/BB rate over in 16 1/3 relief innings with Chicago last season.
Marrero, Axelrod, Omogrosso . . . the White Sox continue to announce signings of players I thought were already on their team. These must be the dogs days of the hot stove season.
Axelrod and Omogrosso were released from the Sox’s MLB-roster earlier this off-season but neither apparently found more lucrative offers elsewhere and are being resigned to MiLB deals so they can add organizational depth without cluttering up the 40-man roster.
Yup. Like a bad cold that just won’t go away.
Omogrosso was HORRIBLE for the Sox and never seemed to figure it out. Not sure why they are bringing him back when there were better options available for the bullpen
Somebody has to pitch in Charlotte
Gets more embarrassing by the day
Your move Grant Balfour..
syd thrift is doing well from his grave.the orioles taking big regression in 2014. as i have mentined contending for last place in the al east. it will not be with the yankees.
His name is Bond, Brock Bond. Fun name aside, he should be ready to mash in 2014 given his BA’s the last three years: .246, .332, .240.
Was looking over his numbers and he had some of his best numbers in the 2y played at pitcher oriented leagues and worst years where hitters are heavily tilted, except 1 lone season in the PCL in 2012.
Is he a slap hitting prospect at all who gets on base via walk or not with numbers that seem to change like that in what seem to be the wrong leagues.
That Luis Vizcaino re-emergence story doesn’t sound suspicious at all. Pitcher washes out with a serious injury and PED issues, then comes back 5 years later at the ripe age of 38 throwing peas. Mmhmm.
Steven Yung-Cheng Cheng
Hello author,thanks for your information but Vizcaino is 39 now,not 38
Steven Yung-Cheng Cheng
Second,Vizcaino also played in the Uni-President Lions in Taiwan last year.He posted a 18SO 3BB 0W2L6SV 1.227ERA in 14.2IP record.And he played in the champion series,3.2IP ERA0 1W3SV,help the Lions win the champion!!
I had to read this article, just to make sure we were talking about the same Luis Vizcaino. Seeing his name makes me think of the scene from Major League:
“This guy’s dead!”
“Well, cross him off!”
Talk about a name we haven’t heard in awhile…