Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 22-31.
Signed: LHP Zach Braddock (released by Brewers in May), LHP Daniel Schlereth (non-tendered by Tigers), 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Adam Greenberg (released by Marlins in October)
Released: RHP Jose Mota, RHP Ryan O'Shea, RHP Jose Rivera, RHP Alex Schmarzo, LHP Casey Lambert
Zach Braddock dealt with control problems (5.3 BB/9) in his 51 innings out of the Brewers bullpen in ’10 and ’11, but he also exhibited swing-and-miss stuff while fanning 10.4 per nine. One of the last cuts in spring training last year, he struggled with anxiety problems before he and Milwaukee agreed that walking away from baseball for a spell was the best course of action. Tom Haudricourt has the details in this must-read piece for followers of the Brewers, Orioles or minor league free agents.
Boston Red Sox
Released: C Aly Gonzalez
Traded: RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel, 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr. and OF Jerry Sands to Pirates for RHP Joel Hanrahan and SS Brock Holt
Since Jonathan Papelbon departed after the ’11 season, the Red Sox have mined the trade market for potential closer options. Last offseason, they included Josh Reddick and Jed Lowrie in separate deals for Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. Neither of those transactions panned out last year, so Boston included Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel in a deal for the PIrates' Joel Hanrahan.
Signed: RHP Zach Putnam (non-tendered and re-signed)
Signed: RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Kevin Whelan, OF Derrick Robinson (non-tendered by Royals)
Signed: 2B Matt Antonelli (released by Yankees in July)
With lefty-hitting regulars at second base (Jason Kipnis) and third base (Lonnie Chisenhall), the Indians could derive value from a player like Matt Antonelli—but only if he returns to ’11 levels of productivity. He hit just .201/.324/.286 in 44 games for the Triple-A affiliates of the Orioles (with whom he had signed a big league deal) and Yankees last season, his age-27 campaign. The ’06 first-rounder had a fine season with Triple-A Syracuse (Nationals) the year before that, batting .297/.393/.460 in 86 games and making the International League all-star team.
Cleveland had a player similar to (but more successful than) Antonelli, but they included Jason Donald in the recent three-team extravaganza that brought Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs to town.
Signed: RHP Tim Gustafson, LHP Erick Threets
Signed: LHP Luke Sommer
Kansas City Royals
Signed: 1B Chad Tracy, 3B Miguel Tejada, OF Endy Chavez
Much like recent signing Xavier Nady, Endy Chavez is an Article XX-B major league free agent who cannot be assigned to Triple-A without first receiving a $100,000 bonus.
This Chad Tracy, the son of former manager Jim, is the one who hit 12 homers in 133 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Rockies system last year.
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: 2B Luis Rodriguez
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: LHP Fabio Castro, LHP Wilmin Rodriguez, 2B Rusty Ryal, 3B Omar Luna, OF Jeremy Moore, OF Scott Van Slyke (re-signed following outright)
Jeremy Moore ranked as the Angels' No. 11 prospect following the ’11 season, but he missed all of last year after having hip surgery. He may lack the plate discipline to ever play regularly, but the 25-year-old lefty hitter could provide a cheap source of power, speed and defensive versatility in the outfield.
Signed: RHP Doug Mathis (Lotte (Japan)), 3B Audy Ciriaco
Signed: RHP Jim Hoey, SS Ozzie Chavez (released by Braves in April), OF Rene Tosoni
A draft-and-follow signing by the Twins, Rene Tosoni won MVP honors at the ’09 Futures Game and peaked as Minnesota's No. 12 prospect following the ’10 season. A pair of miserable seasons at Triple-A Rochester followed—he hit .215/.280/.315 in 375 PA—effectively removing Tosoni from the Twins' plans. With a smooth lefty stroke, some speed and some power, he could serve as a big league extra if all the stars align.
Signed: RHP Rich Harden (did not play in 2012)
Signed: RHP Brian Gordon (Samsung (Korea)), LHP Frank Gailey
Signed: RHP Edgar Garcia (El Paso (American Association))
Signed: OF Miles Durham (St. Paul (American Association))
Traded: RHP Joel Hanrahan and SS Brock Holt to Red Sox for RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel, 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr. and OF Jerry Sands
San Diego Padres
Signed: C Rene Rivera, SS Gregorio Petit
Signed: 1B Mike Jacobs, 3B Leury Bonilla (re-signed)
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: C Craig Albernaz (re-signed)
Released: 3B Felix Gonzalez
Signed: RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (re-signed)
Signed: 3B Mike Costanzo