Today's minor moves..
- The Dodgers released left-hander Alberto Castillo today, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com (via Twitter). The 36-year-old reliever has 60.1 innings of big league work to his credit since 2008.
The Dodgers announced the signing of 15 non-roster players yesterday, reported MLB.com's Ken Gurnick: catcher Josh Bard, lefty reliever Wil Ledezma, lefty reliever Alberto Castillo, righty reliever Angel Guzman, outfielder Cory Sullivan, righty reliever Fernando Nieve, righty reliever Jose Ascanio, righty Ryan Tucker, righty Will Savage, lefty Matt Chico, lefty Scott Rice, corner infielder Jeff Baisley, infielder Lance Zawadzki, and infielder Luis Cruz.
Bard, 33, had 86 plate appearances for the Mariners this year and another 250 in Triple-A. His signing was first rumored last week at the Winter Meetings. Ledezma, 30, briefly appeared in the Majors with Toronto this year. He struck out 64 batters in 48 Triple-A innings as well. Castillo, a 36-year-old Cuban, tossed 11 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks and a strong 42 1/3 frames at Triple-A. His near-deal was first reported last week.
Ascanio, 26, appeared briefly in the bigs with the Pirates this year and also whiffed 50 in 44 Triple-A innings. He was part of the July '09 John Grabow-Tom Gorzelanny trade with the Cubs, but he had labrum surgery in October of that year. Tucker, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Marlins who pitched five innings with the Rangers this year and 68 1/3 more in Triple-A. Guzman, Sullivan, Nieve, Chico, Baisley, Zawadzki, and Cruz have also spent time in the Majors. Guzman, notably, was a successful setup man for the Cubs in '09.
The latest on various NL West clubs…
The Diamondbacks have outrighted Sean Burroughs, Alberto Castillo and Robby Hammock to Triple-A, according to the CBSSports.com MLB transactions page. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes identified Burroughs and Hammock as likely non-tender candidates in his look at Arizona's arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday. Burroughs is going through the arb process for the second time, while Hammock is going through his first.
Burroughs appeared in 78 games with the D'Backs in 2011, his first taste of Major League action since 2006 and has already been outrighted once this season. Burroughs was taken by the Padres with the ninth overall pick of the 1998 draft but never lived up to expectations, posting a career slash line of .280/.337/.357 in 1805 plate appearances.
Castillo, 36, has a career ERA of 4.33 in 79 appearances over four seasons with the D'Backs and Orioles. The left-hander was designated for assignment by Baltimore in June and then signed a minor league deal with Arizona a week later.
Hammock was in his third stint as a Diamondback and, though he has also been part of the Yankees, Rockies and Orioles organizations, has only appeared in the Major Leagues with Arizona. Hammock, 34, has primarily played catcher in his career but has also logged time at third base, first base and in the outfield. The veteran has a .719 OPS in 527 career plate appearances over six seasons in the bigs.
Though the Dodgers' bankruptcy has been the biggest news to emerge from the NL West this week, there's plenty going on with the division's other teams. Here's the latest:
We'll keep track of all of the day's minor deals right here:
Orioles players Scott Moore, Cla Meredith, Alberto Castillo, and Michael Aubrey elected free agency, tweets MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. They appear to be minor league free agents, having finished the season at Triple A and off the 40-man roster.
Moore, 27 in November, hit .209/.274/.337 in 96 plate appearances for the Orioles this year, playing mostly second base. He joined the Orioles in August of '07 in the Steve Trachsel deal with the Cubs. Moore was designated for assignment in '09 and '10, clearing waivers both times. He hit .280/.345/.476 at Triple A this year while playing mainly third base.
Meredith, 27, tallied 15 relief innings for the Orioles this year with a 5.40 ERA, 4.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, and four home runs allowed. The sidearmer racks up groundballs and handles righties well on his best days. The Orioles acquired him from the Padres for Oscar Salazar in July of last year. He was designated for assignment and cleared waivers in June.
Castillo, 35, whiffed 11 but allowed five homers and 12 earned runs in his 10.6 inning stint with the O's this year. He was designated for assignment in June to clear a 40-man spot for Jake Arrieta. Castillo's work in Triple A: a 4.54 ERA, 9.8 K/9, and 3.4 BB/9 in 39.6 innings. He was done in by 46 hits allowed. His previous work in Triple A was more encouraging.
Aubrey, 28, was drafted 11th overall by the Indians in 2003. It appeared that he might get a shot at first base for the Orioles heading into this season, but they signed Garrett Atkins and ended up designating Aubrey on April 1st. He spent the season at Triple A, hitting .235/.310/.495 with 22 home runs in 419 plate appearances.