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Minor League Transactions: Dec. 13-20

Minor League TransactionsOfficial minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 13-20.

This is the final transactions installment for 2013 until the feature returns in 2014. Until then, spend time getting acquainted with the Minor League Free Agent Tracker.

The wave of free agent signings this time is at least partially attributable to the fact that the Rule 5 draft has come and gone. Now players can sign anywhere they like without worrying about being uprooted via the Rule 5. It happens from time to time, such as in the 2012 draft when the White Sox selected shortstop Angel Sanchez from the Angels, who had signed him as a minor league free agent in October.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed: RHP Bradley Blanks (Laredo (American Association)), RHP Daniel Hudson (re-signed following non-tender), LHP Anthony Collazo (Washington (Frontier)), C Henry Blanco, 3B Andy Marte
Released: OF Jeremy Reed
Acquired: OF Todd Glaesmann from Rays as player to be named in three-team deal in which Diamondbacks sent RHP Heath Bell to Rays and LHP David Holmberg to Reds, Rays sent RHP Justin Choate and a player to be named to Diamondbacks, and Reds sent C Ryan Hanigan to Rays

Atlanta Braves
Released:
1B William Beckwith, OF Chris Edmondson
Traded: LHP Sean Gilmartin to Twins for C Ryan Doumit

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Fabio Castillo, 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Miguel Celestino (re-signed), RHP Shunsuke Watanabe (Lotte (Japan)), C Matt Spring (re-signed)
Released: RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Yunior Ortega, RHP Stephen Williams, LHP Dylan Chavez, 1B Jake Davies, 1B Boss Moanaroa, OF Jose Colorado, OF Iseha Conklin, OF Felix Sanchez
Traded: RHP Chris Martin and LHP Franklin Morales to Rockies for SS Jonathan Herrera

The Red Sox released Chris Carpenter so that he could sign with Yakult in Japan.

According to a Red Sox press release, 37-year-old Japanese righty Shunsuke Watanabe throws with a submarine delivery, made two Pacific League all-star teams and played for Japan’s World Baseball Classic teams in 2006 and ’09. He worked as a starter in Japan, logging a 3.65 ERA over 13 seasons.

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
LHP Tommy Hottovy, C John Baker, 2B Ryan Roberts, OF Ryan Kalish (non-tendered by Red Sox), OF Mitch Maier

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Omar Poveda

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 3B Ruben Gotay

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Gabriel Arias, RHP Travis Banwart, RHP Tyler Cloyd (re-signed following non-tender), RHP Rainer Florez, RHP Jose Nina, OF Matt Carson (re-signed following non-tender)

Colorado Rockies
Traded:
SS Jonathan Herrera to Red Sox for RHP Chris Martin and LHP Franklin Morales

Detroit Tigers
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Luis Marte, SS Dixon Machado, SS Danny Worth (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Murilo Gouvea (re-signed)

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Cory Wade, OF Johermyn Chavez

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
LHP Clay Rapada
Released: RHP Matt Oye, RHP Robbie Powell, LHP Greg Terhune, OF Gary Mitchell

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Juan Abreu (re-signed), RHP Drew Carpenter, RHP Sam Demel, RHP Josh Judy, RHP Josh Ravin, RHP Romulo Sanchez (Tabasco (Mexican)), RHP Henry Sosa (Kia (Korea)), LHP Jack McGeary, LHP Fu-Te Ni (released by Tigers, Aug. 7, 2012), 3B Josh Bell (released by Yankees, July 10)

Miami Marlins
Signed:
2B Taylor Harbin
Removed from 40-man: C Kyle Skipworth (outrighted to Triple-A)

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Johnnie Lowe (re-signed), RHP Santo Manzanillo (re-signed)
Released: RHP Cody Scarpetta

Cody Scarpetta had Tommy John surgery in 2012, effectively ending his run as a Brewers prospect. Twice he had ranked among the organization’s Top 10 Prospects (2011 and ’12), but after he exhausted all four minor league options and missed all of the 2012 season, the Brewers removed him from the 40-man roster and now have released him.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
OF Jason Kubel (Article XX(B) free agent)
Released: LHP Jose Gonzalez, OF Romy Jimenez
Traded: C Ryan Doumit to Braves for LHP Sean Gilmartin

Jason Kubel signed a minor league deal with the team that drafted him out of a Palmdale, Calif., high school in 2000. If he doesn’t make the Twins 25-man roster and accepts a Triple-A assignment, then Kubel will receive an automatic June 1 opt-out clause and $100,000 retention bonus. Same goes for any Article XX(B) major league free agent who signs a minor league deal.

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Matt Daley (re-signed following non-tender)
Released: RHP Ryan Baker, RHP Victor Beriguete, RHP Sean Black, RHP John Brebbia, RHP Mariel Checo, RHP Charlie Haslup, LHP Tim Flight, LHP Aaron Gates, LHP Rich Mascheri, C Jeff Farnham, 1B Saxon Butler, 1B Jimmy Falla, 2B Hector Crespo, SS Ty Afenir, OF Daniel Aldrich, OF Shane Brown, OF Neil Medchill

The Yankees released catcher-turned-reliever Ryan Baker on the heels of his 50-game suspension taking effect. He refused to take an offseason drug test.

Among the 17 players released by the Yankees are four players they signed in 2013, including 34th-round draft pick Hector Crespo and 39th-rounder Ty Afenir. New York signed Jimmy Falla as a nondrafted free agent out of South Florida and signed Aaron Gates out of the independent United League after he finished his career at Pepperdine.

Bigger picture: In the span of two days in mid-December the Yankees have released 33 players who appeared on reserve lists for the organization’s domestic minor league clubs. That’s enough players to fill a roster, and then some.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
2B Alden Carrithers

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Chris Bootcheck (released by Yankees, Sept. 7), LHP Greg Smith (re-signed), OF Dave Sappelt (released by Cubs, Nov. 19)
Removed from 40-man: C Sebastian Valle (outrighted to Triple-A)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
1B Travis Ishikawa

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
2B Leandro Mateo

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Erick de los Santos
Released:
LHP Arturo Lopez

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Andrew Carignan, RHP Adam Reifer, RHP Casey Weathers, 3B Mario Lisson (Minatitlan (Mexican))

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Matt Palmer
Released: RHP Cameron Copping, RHP Isliexel Gonzalez, LHP Nate Koneski, 2B Noe Berroa, 2B Pedro Okuda, 3B Dan Kemp, OF Mike Faulkner, OF Reggie Lawson, OF Raysheron Michel
Removed from 40-man: OF Travis Witherspoon (outrighted to Double-A)

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Sandy Brito, RHP Santiago Garrido, RHP Robert Guilamo, RHP Kendri Salvador, RHP Leonel Santiago, RHP Jesus Torres
Released: RHP Pedro Silvestre
Traded: OF Todd Glaesmann to Diamondbacks as player to be named in three-team deal in which Diamondbacks sent RHP Heath Bell to Rays and LHP David Holmberg to Reds, Rays sent RHP Justin Choate and a player to be named to Diamondbacks, and Reds sent C Ryan Hanigan to Rays

Minor league free agent imports Santiago Garrido and Leonel Santiago are a pair of righthanders from the Dominican Republic who signed with the Royals in 2007 and pitched in their system in 2013.

Texas Rangers
Signed:
RHP Justin Germano, RHP Colby Lewis (re-signed), RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Daniel McCutchen, RHP Armando Rodriguez, RHP Johan Yan (re-signed), 2B Brent Lillibridge, 2B Kensuke Tanaka (released by Giants, Sept. 4), 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, OF Che-Hsuan Lin
Released: RHP Ross Wolf

The Rangers released Ross Wolf so that he could sign with the SK Wyverns in Korea.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
LHP Manuel Nunez

Washington Nationals
Signed:
C Mitch Canham, 1B Brock Peterson, SS Emmanuel Burriss

Emmanuel Burriss will contend with Danny Espinosa and Zach Walters for the utility-infield job in Washington, but, hey, at least Steve Lombardozzi is out of the picture. If Burriss makes the Nationals, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the 2006 sandwich pick (by the Giants) who played high school ball at Wilson High in D.C. before moving on to Kent State.