Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 21-31.
Signed: RHP Rodrigo Takahashi
A reader with the screen name Vincenzo writes in comments below that Rodrigo Takahashi is a 17-year-old Brazilian righthander with Japanese ancestry. He also plays third base and attended the third MLB Elite Camp tryouts in Brazil in January 2013. (Source: Baseball Latin America.)
Signed: LHP Atahualpa Severino
Atahualpa Severino dominated lefthanders in 2013 while pitching in relief at Triple-A, holding same-siders to a batting line of .171/.234/.271 while striking out 27.3 percent and walking 6.5 percent of the 77 he faced for Indianapolis and Omaha.
Signed: OF Xavier Paul (non-tendered by Reds)
Boston Red Sox
Signed: 2B Justin Henry (re-signed)
Signed: RHP Trevor Bell (re-signed)
Signed: RHP Shaun Marcum (released by Mets, July 23), C Matt Treanor (did not play in 2013)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Trey Haley (outrighted to Triple-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Rhiner Cruz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Kansas City Royals
Signed: OF Melky Mesa (released by Yankees, Sept. 1)
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: SS Shawn O’Malley, OF Kyle Hudson
Released: RHP Chris Volstad
The Angels released Chris Volstad so that he could sign with Doosan in Korea, a club that could also feature Jorge Cantu and Dustin Nippert among its foreign players.
Signed: RHP Kevin Slowey (re-signed), RHP Craig Westcott (released by Giants, Nov. 3), LHP Jose Gonzalez (released by Twins, Dec. 19), 2B Jordany Valdespin (non-tendered by Mets), OF Joe Benson
Signed: C Milan Post
Removed from 40-man: RHP Michael Olmsted (outrighted to Triple-A)
Signed: 2B Corey Wimberly
Removed from 40-man: OF Darin Mastroianni (outrighted to Triple-A)
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Jeremy Hefner (non-tendered by Mets)
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (re-signed)
Released: 2B Jerison Lopez, SS Yamaico Navarro
The Yankees released Yamaico Navarro so that he could sign with Samsung in Korea, a club that could also feature J.D. Martin and Rick VandenHurk among its foreign players.
Released: 2B Pi’ikea Kitamura
Signed: 2B Matt Tolbert (re-signed), SS Anthony Phillips, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.
San Diego Padres
Signed: SS Luis Urias, SS Brandon Wood (released by Orioles, July 26)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Chance Ruffin (outrighted to Triple-A)
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: OF James Darnell (released by Padres, June 19)
Released: OF Leslie Anderson
The Rays released Leslie Anderson so that he could sign with Yomiuri in Japan, where fellow Cubans Barbaro Canizares (SoftBank) and Juan Miranda (Nippon-Ham) also have signed this offseason. The 31-year-old Anderson, a first baseman/left fielder, hit .295/.348/.439 in four seasons at Triple-A Durham but never appeared in the big leagues with Tampa Bay.
James Darnell has played in just 53 games the past two seasons as he’s dealt with a wave of injuries, but the left fielder/third baseman has a strong track record versus lefthanders in the high minors. From 2010-13 he hit .364/.448/.581 with 14 homers in 368 plate appearances (with strikeouts just 11 percent of the time) at Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson.
Signed: RHP Luis Alexander Jimenez, LHP Ryan Feierabend (re-signed), 2B Kensuke Tanaka (released by Giants, Sept. 4)
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Roy Halladay, LHP Manuel Nunez, 2B Steven Tolleson
The Blue Jays signed Roy Halladay to a minor league deal so that the two-time Cy Young Award winner could retire as a member of the organization that drafted him 17th overall in 1995. The White Sox and Red Sox, respectively, pulled off similar maneuvers with retired greats Frank Thomas and Nomar Garciaparra in 2010.
Signed: C Chris Snyder, 2B Will Rhymes (re-signed)