A bunch of interesting players were signed to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training today. With spring training being only about two weeks away, these last minute invites should be common over the next few days, as teams scramble to find players to compete for roster spots. For today, the following players were picked up:
1B/3B Chris Nowak (29 years old)
- Nowak never really made it big as a prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2004-2010, but after tearing up the Atlantic League for York the past two seasons it is good to see him get a chance at a big league camp. I would guess the Diamondbacks view him as depth at the corner infield positions, and if he impresses the organization he could be assigned to AAA-Reno or most likely AA-Mobile.
RHP Manny Delcarmen (30 years old)
- I was a big Manny Delcarmen fan when he was in Boston, but he has never really figured it out and hasn't been in the big leagues since 2010. Hopefully he will figure it out and at least make the Orioles AAA team in Norfolk, and eventually get a shot to re-prove himself in the AL East.
RHP Rob Delaney (28 years old)
- Delaney represents more bullpen depth for the Orioles, most likely at the AAA level. He has struggled in two big league stints in 2010 and 2011, but had a very productive season in 2012 for the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Miami Marlins organization.
OF Chris Pettit (28 years old)
- With important prospects like L.J. Hoes and Xavier Avery most likely starting the year in AAA Norfolk, Pettit will need to really impress to even compete for a job there. He could possibly end up in AA Bowie, where the outfield depth weakens a bit, because despite his advanced age for the league, he did spend most of 2012 at the AA level.
Chicago White Sox
RHP Andrew Brackman (27 years old)
- One of the biggest draft busts for the Yankees in recent memories, Brackman made one cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2010, but has really struggled in the minor leagues since. Last season he spent most of the season in A-Advanced Bakersfield after struggling mightily in AAA Louisville for the Cincinnati Reds.
1B Ryan Garko (32 years old)
- Garko spent parts of five season, 2005-2010, in the big leagues, mainly with the Cleveland Indians. Last year he split between the unaffiliated Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks, and the AA Montgomery Buscuits of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Obviously he will be playing behind Todd Helton and not have much chance to make the big league team, but could score a spot in Colorado Springs if he impresses.
OF Greg Golson (27 years old)
- Golson played parts of four major league seasons, most notably his 24 games as a defensive replacement with the Yankees in 2010. He spent all of last season in AAA Charlotte for the White Sox last year, and will provide outfield depth in spring training.
Los Angeles Angels
IF Bill Hall (33 years old)
- Hall's another guy I really, really liked when he was a member of the Red Sox, despite his flaws as a player. I hope the Angels give him a chance, even if it's starting in AAA Salt Lake.
Toronto Blue Jays
IF Andy LaRoche (29 years old)
- La Roche was a big prospect for the Dodgers coming up, but has settled into the role of a journeyman utility infielder, and the Blue Jays will be his 6th organization since 2008. Last season he split between the AAA teams of the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox, and will most likely start in AAA Buffalo as infield depth.
Also, my Red Sox roster projections are posted under the "Projected Rosters" tab. I will be continuing to update that section until all 30 teams have pages. I wi