Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… Lefty Rich Hill has been outrighted to Triple-A by the Yankees, according to the International League transactions page. Hill was designated to make room for fellow southpaw Josh Outman. Though he has seen little time at the MLB level this year and posted an unsightly 6.28 ERA last year, the 34-year-old has historically been quite tough on same-handed hitters and could make sense as an extra lefty specialist on an expanded roster. Having previously been outrighted, Hill will have the right to elect free agency. The Phillies announce that they have selected the contract of outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr
Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Orioles will select the contract of outfielder Quintin Berry, Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com tweets. Berry had a good season for Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .285/.382/.367 in 432 plate appearances, and did his usual good job on the bases, stealing 25 of them while being caught six times. In his brief big-league career with the Tigers and Red Sox, Berry has stolen 24 bases without being caught, making him an ideal September promotion candidate for a team seeking speed. The Rangers have announced that they will select the contract of lefty Michael Kirkman as a September call-up tomorrow. Also, they will select the contract of fellow pitcher Spencer Patton on Thursday. Kirkman has posted a 4.47 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 while pitching 54 1/3 innings of relief this season at Triple-A Round Rock. The Royals outrighted him in April. Patton has posted a combined 3.90 ERA with 12.3 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 62 1/3 innings with Round Rock and the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in Omaha. The Rangers acquired him for reliever Jason Frasor in July.
Eric Hosmer is back. The Royals recalled Hosmer, their regular first baseman, from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Monday after just two games with the Storm Chasers. He went 3-for-10 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Royals have designated left-hander Chris Dwyer and righty Blake Wood for assignment, the team announced. The moves create 40-man roster spots for outfielder Carlos Peguero and lefty Brandon Finnegan, whose contracts were purchased today. Dwyer, a fourth-rounder in the 2009 draft, showed up on a few top-100 prospect rankings prior to the 2011 but he has struggled since, particularly due to control issues. This season saw him pitch primarily out of the bullpen at Triple-A Omaha, and he has a 5.59 ERA, 8.9 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 over 66 innings.
The Pirates have designated first baseman Chris McGuiness for assignment, the club announced. The move creates a 40-man roster spot for right-hander John Holdzkom, whose contract was selected last night. McGuiness was originally acquired by the Bucs from the Rangers last December in exchange for righty Miles Mikolas. He didn’t see any action at the big league level for Pittsburgh this season and hit .264/.358/.412 with nine homers in 489 PA for Triple-A Indianapolis. Originally drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 draft by the Red Sox, the 26-year-old McGuiness has an .801 OPS over 2438 career PA in the minors. He made his big league debut in June 2013, appearing in 10 games with Texas. McGuiness joins Mike Carp (Rangers), Bruce Chen (Royals), Rich Hill (Yankees) and Sergio Santos (Blue Jays) in DFA limbo, according to MLBTR’s DFA Tracker.
August has traditionally been a difficult time to get substantial trades done. But with so many clubs in contention and with several non-contenders in a financially flexible position, that notion was taken to a new extreme this year.
The Phillies made one more trade before Sunday’s midnight waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays in exchange for Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
The red-hot bat of Jose Altuve rescued the Astros. Altuve stroked a two-out, tiebreaking RBI single into center field to score Jake Marisnick from third base — his career-high-tying fourth hit of the game — to send the Astros to their third win in four games against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.
Alejandro De Aza was added to the active roster about half an hour before the Orioles began an eventual 12-8 win over the Twins, and he arrived at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in the fourth inning. Baltimore opted not to use him, so his debut will have to wait one more day, but he expressed his excitement after the game.