There were a boatload of minor league signings and small procedural moves in October. Other than making a single entry for all of them, I’m gonna list them together here, and date them. Figure that’s a better move than creating individual entries for each.
- P Matt West activated from 60 day DL (Oct 9)
- OF Jeff Baker designated for assignment (Oct 9) – elected free agency (Oct 14)
- P Edward Cabrera claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies (Oct 16)
- P Kyle Lotzkar signed to minor league contract (Oct 19)
- P Aaron Poreda signed to minor league contract w/invite to spring (Oct 23)
- P Eddy Morrobel signed to minor league contract (Oct 26)
- OF Cristian Encarnacion signed to minor league contract (Oct 29)
- P Colby Lewis activated from 60 day DL (Oct 31)
- DH Lance Berkman elected free agency (Oct 31)
NOTES: Most of these are minor league signings, the bulk of which I wonder if I’ll ever write their names on this site again. Jeff Baker’s DFA was a bit of a surprise, he was a decent off the bench cog, I thought.
Lance Berkman’s taking free agency is no big surprise here. The bigger surprise will be if he does NOT retire after this move. I don’t dislike the guy, but he didn’t really do much here save for the earliest part of the 2013 season.