Minor League Transactions: Dec. 2-9

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 2-9.

• The Minor League Free Agent Tracker organizes all signings by organization.

• Rule 5 draft results are included here, though they are organized not by drafting team but by the team losing the player(s). In the case of major league Rule 5 picks, the team currently holding the player’s rights is listed, though that is not necessarily the drafting team.

Minor league Rule 5 picks cost the drafting team $24,000 and carry no restrictions, while major league picks cost the drafting team $100,000 and carry significant restrictions. Major league Rule 5 picks cannot be sent to the minors without either (1) the drafting team trading for his rights, or (2) the player clearing waivers and being offered back to his original organization.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Erik Davis, RHP Brooks Hall, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, OF Jason Pridie (did not play in 2016)
Rule 5 draft losses: C Eduardo de Oleo (Astros, minor league), OF Chuck Taylor (Mariners, minor league)


Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Rhiner Cruz (Laguna (Mexican)), LHP John Danks (released by White Sox, May 13), 3B Alay Lago (Veracruz (Mexican)), OF Lane Adams
Traded: RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl to Rangers for RHP Luke Jackson
Acquired: LHP Tyler Pike from Mariners as player to be named in trade of RHP Rob Whalen and RHP Max Povse
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Zack Bird (Rangers, minor league), RHP Fernando Miranda (Rangers, minor league), LHP Brian Moran (Orioles, minor league)

Alay Lago is a 25-year-old Cuban third baseman who played in the Mexican League in 2016, batting .255/.282/.349 in 24 games.


Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
2B Garabez Rosa (re-signed), OF Logan Schafer


Boston Red Sox
Traded:
RHP Victor Diaz, RHP Michael Kopech, 2B Yoan Moncada and OF Luis Alexander Basabe to White Sox for LHP Chris Sale
Traded: RHP Josh Pennington, 3B Travis Shaw and SS Mauricio Dubon to Brewers for RHP Tyler Thornburg
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Justin Haley (Twins, major league), OF Aneury Tavarez (Orioles, major league)


Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Daniel Corcino, RHP Jhondaniel Medina, RHP Miguel Mejia (re-signed), RHP Conor Mullee (non-tendered and re-signed), LHP Gerardo Concepcion (non-tendered and re-signed), LHP Zac Rosscup (non-tendered and re-signed)
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Armando Rivero (Braves, major league), 2B Danny Lockhart (D-backs, minor league)


Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Jorge Rondon, C Roberto Pena, OF Caleb Gindl (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Traded: LHP Chris Sale to Red Sox for RHP Victor Diaz, RHP Michael Kopech, 2B Yoan Moncada and OF Luis Alexander Basabe
Traded: OF Adam Eaton to Nationals for RHP Dane Dunning, RHP Lucas Giolito and RHP Reynaldo Lopez


Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
C Rob Brantly, 2B Hernan Iribarren (re-signed), OF Gabby Guerrero (non-tendered and re-signed)
Traded: C Luis Torrens (Rule 5 pick) to Padres for 3B Josh VanMeter
Removed from 40-man: 2B Tony Renda (outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Jefri Hernandez (Orioles, minor league), 1B Art Charles (Brewers, minor league)


Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Travis Banwart (KT Wiz (Korea)), C Erik Kratz, 2B Michael Martinez (re-signed), 3B Tahnaj Thomas
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Jon Fitzsimmons (D-backs, minor league), RHP Trevor Frank (Padres, minor league), RHP Grant Sides (D-backs, minor league), LHP Nick Maronde (Marlins, minor league), OF Anthony Santander (Orioles, major league)

Travis Banwart returns to affiliated ball after three years in Korea. The 30-year-old worked as a starter for KT Wiz in 2016, going 6-13, 5.79 in 27 games (26 starts).


Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Matt Carasiti (non-tendered and re-signed), RHP Johendi Jiminian (re-signed), 1B Stephen Cardullo (non-tendered and re-signed)
Released: RHP Kelvin Franco, RHP Lorenz Ozuna
Rule 5 draft loss: 2B Josh Rutledge (Red Sox, major league)


Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP A.J. Achter, C Carlos Medrano, 2B Omar Infante (released by Braves, Aug. 16), OF Alex Fernandez Jr. (re-signed)
Rule 5 draft losses: LHP Edward Paredes (Dodgers, minor league), C Mario Sanjur (Angels, minor league)


Houston Astros
Signed:
LHP C.J. Riefenhauser (released by Cubs, Aug. 19), 2B Reid Brignac
Rule 5 draft loss: RHP Mike Hauschild (Rangers, major league)


Kansas City Royals
Rule 5 draft losses:
RHP Glenn Sparkman (Blue Jays, major league), LHP Daniel Stumpf (Tigers, major league)


Los Angeles Angels
Rule 5 draft losses:
RHP Harrison Cooney (Red Sox, minor league), C Anthony Bemboom (Rockies, minor league), 2B Alex Yarbrough (Marlins, minor league), OF Cal Towey (Angels, minor league)


Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Alexis Candelario (Rimini (Italian)), OF Tyler Holt (released by Reds, Nov. 11)
Released: RHP James Campbell
Removed from 40-man: 2B Charlie Culberson (outrighted to Triple-A)


Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Stephen Fife, 1B Tyler Moore, SS K.C. Serna
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Jose Adames (Reds, minor league), RHP Sean Donatello (Tigers, minor league), RHP Matt Ramsey (Brewers, minor league)


Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Tim Dillard (re-signed), RHP Ryan Webb (released by White Sox, Aug. 30), C Rene Garcia (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Tyler Thornburg to Red Sox for RHP Josh Pennington, 3B Travis Shaw and SS Mauricio Dubon
Elected free agency: RHP Steve Geltz
Removed from 40-man: RHP Steve Geltz, RHP David Goforth (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Miguel Diaz (Padres, major league), OF Elvis Rubio (Tigers, minor league)


Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Yorman Landa (non-tendered and re-signed), 1B Ben Paulsen
Rule 5 draft loss: C Stuart Turner (Reds, major league)

The Twins had re-signed Yorman Landa to a minor league deal on Dec. 3, about a week before he tragically perished in a car accident in his native Venezuela.


New York Mets
Rule 5 draft losses:
LHP Adrian Almeida (Angels, minor league), LHP Paul Paez (Mariners, minor league)


New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Jason Gurka (released by Rockies, Aug. 20), C Kellin Deglan, 2B Donovan Solano (re-signed)
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Ty Hensley (Rays, minor league), RHP Tyler Jones (D-backs, major league), RHP Kelvin Magallanes (Royals, minor league), LHP Caleb Smith (Cubs, major league), LHP Tyler Webb (Pirates, major league), C Luis Torrens (Padres, major league), 3B Kevin Cornelius (Cubs, minor league)


Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Simon Castro
Removed from 40-man: 1B Rangel Ravelo (outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft loss: RHP Dylan Covey (White Sox, major league)


Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
LHP Wander Perez (Joplin (American Association))
Traded: RHP Jimmy Cordero to Nationals for a player to be named
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Jairo Munoz (Rays, minor league), LHP Hoby Milner (Indians, major league)


Pittsburgh Pirates
Rule 5 draft losses:
RHP Colten Brewer (Yankees, minor league), LHP Cesilio Pimentel (Braves, minor league), LHP Josh Smith (Red Sox, minor league)


St. Louis Cardinals
Rule 5 draft losses:
RHP Kyle Grana (Dodgers, minor league), SS Allen Cordoba (Padres, major league), SS Matt Williams (Angels, minor league)


San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Luis Eusebio, RHP Aroni Nina, RHP Ramon Pena, RHP Andre Rienzo (released by Marlins, Sept. 3), C Hector Sanchez (non-tendered and re-signed), 2B Jose Pirela (non-tendered and re-signed), OF Rafael Ortega
Released: 3B Carlos Sosa
Traded: C Derek Norris to Nationals for RHP Pedro Avila
Traded: 3B Josh VanMeter to Reds for C Luis Torrens (Rule 5 pick)


San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Yordy Cabrera, RHP Jose Flores (Aguascalientes (Mexican)), RHP Josh Johnson (did not play in 2016), RHP Angel Merced, RHP Bryan Morris, C Tim Federowicz, SS Ramiro Pena (re-signed)

This is the Jose Flores who has pitched for three organizations (Indians, Athletics, Reds) and in independent ball (2015) and the Mexican League (2016). The 27-year-old, whom the Mariners selected but didn’t keep in the 2010 Rule 5 draft, ranked second in the Mexican League with 64 relief appearances in 2016.


Seattle Mariners
Traded:
LHP Tyler Pike to Braves as player to be named in deal for RHP Rob Whalen and RHP Max Povse
Removed from 40-man: RHP Ryan Weber, LHP Dean Kiekhefer (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft losses: RHP Kevin Gadea (Rays, major league), OF Austin Wilson (Cardinals, minor league)


Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Marquito Casilla, RHP Diego Moreno (released by Yankees, Aug. 19), 2B Ryan Brett (non-tendered and re-signed)
Rule 5 draft loss: RHP Jared Mortensen (Astros, minor league)


Texas Rangers
Traded:
RHP Luke Jackson to Braves for RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl


Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Jarrett Grube, RHP Yohandy Martir, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, C Alex Monsalve
Released: OF Austin Davis
Elected free agency: 1B Chris Colabello
Removed from 40-man: 1B Chris Colabello, 3B Andy Burns (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft losses: LHP Matt Smoral (Rangers, minor league), C Jorge Saez (Yankees, minor league), SS Jorge Flores (Phillies, minor league)


Washington Natoinals
Signed:
RHP Mike Broadway (Yokohama (Japan)), RHP Kyle Schepel, LHP Tim Collins
Traded: RHP Pedro Avila to Padres for C Derek Norris
Acquired: RHP Jimmy Cordero from Phillies for a player to be named
Traded: RHP Dane Dunning, RHP Lucas Giolito and RHP Reynaldo Lopez to White Sox for OF Adam Eaton
Rule 5 draft loss: RHP Philip Walby (Blue Jays, minor league)

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