Monday, June 4, 2012

Minor Moves: Thomas, Cononie, Torra

The Hot Rods have announced that RHP Stayton Thomas has been added to the roster from extended spring training. Thomas returns to the Hot Rods following a stint in Extended Spring Training. Prior to leaving, he was 1-3 with a 4.70 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 games.

To make room for Thomas, Charlie Cononie was sent to extended spring training. Cononie was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 18 games this season.

In other transactions today, the Bulls have moved RHP Matt Torra to the 7-day Disabled List retro to June 1.


  1. About to be some moves in Pt. Charlotte. Gracia was activated this afternoon and already went into pitch (so i guess there has already been a move made we just don't know who yet) Bailey is coming back tomorrow.

  2. How much longer is Durham going to allow Miranda to play ? Does anyone know whose idea it was to sign him AND how much does he get paid ?

    1. One of my main aggravations this year. Hope in our section of the stands is that he's got an opt-out contract that allows the Rays to opt him out some day really soon. He does play a decent 1B, but so does Anderson, Manginni, Vogt, and probably Gimenez. None of them is a great 1B, but I won't be unhappy to see him go. Who and how much? Don't know. Guessing not too much since minor league contract and not on 40-man. Remember he was signed before the Pena deal was done. So I'm guessing it was part of a backup plan.

    2. From Topkin on December 7, 2011:

      The Rays are working on multiple scenarios via trades and free-agent signings to bolster their offense and fill holes at first base and DH.

      But in the unlikely event none were to come to fruition this offseason — with nothing close as of Tuesday night, anyway — they have at least an interesting backup plan, with the signing of Juan Miranda to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite.

      "Extreme power," Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said.

      Miranda, a 28-year-old from Cuba, has spent most of his five pro seasons at Triple A but has big-league time with the Yankees (2008-10) and Diamondbacks (2011). He hit 67 homers in 457 minor-league games (with a .277 average) and 11 in 111 big-league games (with a .226 average), though seven in 65 for Arizona in 2011.

      "He's got some real carrying strengths that we feel like give him a chance to be a productive major-league player; obviously the standard at that position is higher than other positions," Friedman said. "(He) will either compete for a job depending on how the rest of the winter shakes out or be very high on the depth charge in the event of injury."