Minor dealings: Landon Powell, Robinzon Diaz, Reegie Corona, Tony Pena Jr.

Harry How

The roster moves that went under the radar this weekend.

A few minor deals were lost in the arbitration frenzy over the weekend. Here they are:

1. The New York Mets signed journeyman catcher Landon Powell to a minor-league contract, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN. A first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2004, Powell finally made it to the big leagues in 2009 at age 27. The big switch-hitter appeared in 123 games for the A's over the next three years, hitting .207/.284/.328 with 10 home runs. He spent the 2012 season with the Astros' Triple-A club, batting .251/.353/.377 with eight long balls in 79 games. Powell's deal also includes an invitation to big-league camp.


2. The Chicago White Sox inked shortstop turned pitcher Tony Pena Jr. to a minor-league deal, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Pena, 31, was the starting shortstop for the Kansas City Royals for the 2007 season and part of 2008, but his nearly unprecedented struggles on offense led him to convert to pitching in 2009. The right-hander spent the last two seasons with the Red Sox's Triple-A club, amassing a 4.75 ERA in 91 innings at Pawtuckett in 2012.


3. The New York Yankees re-signed second baseman Reegie Corona to a minor-league pact, Eddy also reports. The switch-hitting Venezuelan was part of the Yankees' farm system from 2004-2010, but has been out of professional baseball the last two seasons. Eddy adds that the 26-year-old went 6-for-18 with three walks in the Venezuelan League this winter.


4. Last but not least, the Milwaukee Brewers have added catcher Robizon Diaz on a minor-league deal with an invite to camp, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Diaz, 29, made two very brief big-league appearances with the Blue Jays and Pirates in 2008-2009, but has spent the last three years bouncing around different farm systems. The righty-hitting backstop played for the Angels and Rangers in 2012, hitting .290/.314/.432 with four home runs in 53 games at Triple-A.

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