Minor moves: J.R. Towles, Kip Wells, Dallas McPherson

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A couple of former major leaguers found new homes Wednesday, and a couple were sent packing.

Dodgers sign J.R. Towles

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed catcher J.R. Towles to a minor league deal, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. The 29-year old former Astro was recently released by the Cardinals after hitting .237 with 5 HR and 14 RBI in 19 games for AAA Memphis. In five major league seasons with Houston, the former top prospect appeared in 155 games and posted a .187 career average with 11 HR and 50 RBI. He will head to AAA Albuquerque to serve as catching depth for the Dodgers.

Angels release Kip Wells

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced that they have released pitcher Kip Wells, who has posted a 10.36 ERA in six starts with AAA Salt Lake City so far this season. The 36-year old, who has appeared in the majors with nine different teams since 1999, was signed to a minor league deal by the Angels on April 13th.

York Revolution sign Dallas McPherson

Former major leaguer Dallas McPherson, who was released by the Dodgers on March 20th, has signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, a source has confirmed to MLB Daily Dish. The 32-year old infielder, who has appeared in five major league seasons with the Angels, Marlins, and White Sox, will head to York in hopes of playing well enough to land an affiliated job once again.

White Sox release Trevor Reckling

The Chicago White Sox released lefty Trevor Reckling over the weekend, according to the team. Reckling, a former top pitching prospect for the Angels, has not yet pitched in 2013 due to injury, and has been a major disappointment since being drafted in the 8th round of the 2007 draft.

Rockies release Tommy Manzella

The Colorado Rockies announced that they released shortstop Tommy Manzella from AAA Colorado Springs. The 31-year old former Astro has hit .190 with 10 RBI for Colorado Springs this season, and has a .224 career average in 90 major league games.


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