Minor League Transactions: Dec. 6-12

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 6-12.

The BA Minor League Free Agent Tracker has more archived more than 200 signings for 2014.

This year’s Rule 5 draft featured fewer selections in the major league phase (nine) than any draft in 26 years, but the minor league phase was active, featuring 36 selections. Rule 5 selections here are cataloged by 2013 organization, with designations for major league (MLB), Triple-A (AAA) or Double-A (AA) portion of the draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
SS Melvin Mezquita
Traded: LHP Tyler Skaggs to Angels and OF Adam Eaton to White Sox as part of three-team deal in which Angels sent RHP A.J. Schugel and OF Mark Trumbo to Diamondbacks, and White Sox sent LHP Hector Santiago to Angels and OF Brandon Jacobs to Diamondbacks
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Kevin Munson (MLB, Phillies), LHP Patrick Schuster (MLB, Astros)

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Ramon Moreno, C Ruben Perez, 1B Mark Hamilton
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Mike Lee (AAA, D-backs), LHP Blaine Sims (AA, Astros)

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
1B Chris Marrero
Acquired:
C David Freitas from Athletics as player to be named for RHP Jim Johnson
Removed from 40-man: 2B Cord Phelps (outrighted to Triple-A)

A first-round pick out of high school by the Nationals in 2006, Chris Marrero has been a staple of Washington prospect lists, appearing in seven consecutive Prospect Handbooks up through the 2013 edition. He has two cups of coffee with the Nationals, totaling 125 at-bats, and he’s migrated from third base as an amateur to first base as a pro, but on the plus side he’s still just 25 years old. Also of note: the righty-hitting Marrero has fared well versus Triple-A lefties, batting .332/.374/.461 with good bat-to-ball skills (12 percent strikeouts) in 295 plate appearances since 2011.

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Dayan Diaz (released by Cubs, Aug. 23), 3B Carlos Rivero
Rule 5 draft selection lost: 3B Michael Almanzar (MLB, Orioles)

Chicago Cubs
Rule 5 draft selections lost:
RHP Marcos Mateo (MLB, D-backs), RHP A.J. Morris (AAA, Pirates), 1B Justin Bour (AAA, Marlins), OF Julio Borbon (AAA, Orioles)

Chicago White Sox
Traded:
LHP Hector Santiago to Angels and OF Brandon Jacobs to Diamondbacks as part of three-team deal in which Diamondbacks sent LHP Tyler Skaggs to Angels and OF Adam Eaton to White Sox, and Angels sent RHP A.J. Schugel and OF Mark Trumbo to Diamondbacks
Removed from 40-man: 1B Mike McDade, OF Blake Tekotte (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft selection lost: OF Brady Shoemaker (AAA, Marlins)

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
C Corky Miller (re-signed)
Rule 5 draft selection lost: OF Theo Bowe (AAA, Nationals)

Colorado Rockies
Traded:
RHP Chris Jensen and LHP Drew Pomeranz to Athletics for LHP Brett Anderson
Rule 5 draft selection lost: 2B Russell Wilson (AAA, Rangers)

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Derek Hankins (Doosan (Korea)), LHP Duane Below (Kia (Korea)), C Craig Albernaz, 2B Marcus Lemon (re-signed)
Rule 5 draft selections lost: C Adolfo Reina (AAA, Padres), 1B Jesus Ustariz (AAA, Cardinals)

Houston Astros
Rule 5 draft selection lost:
RHP Enderson Franco (AAA, Rays)

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
SS Brian Bocock
Rule 5 draft selection lost: RHP Tyler Sample (AAA, Pirates)

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
C Angel Molina
Traded: RHP A.J. Schugel and OF Mark Trumbo to Diamondbacks as part of three-team deal in which Diamondbacks sent LHP Tyler Skaggs to Angels and OF Adam Eaton to White Sox, and White Sox sent LHP Hector Santiago to Angels and OF Brandon Jacobs to Diamondbacks

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Jefferson Vergara
Rule 5 draft selection lost: OF Kevin Mattison (AAA, Brewers)

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Yohan Pino, 1B C.J. Ziegler (Wichita (American Association))
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Tim Atherton (AAA, Athletics), RHP Jon Velasquez (AAA, Mets)

New York Mets
Rule 5 draft selections lost:
RHP Martires Arias (AAA, Nationals), LHP Jim Fuller (AAA, Cubs), LHP Carlos Vazquez (AAA, Astros)

New York Yankees
Released:
RHP Joaquin Acuna, RHP Daury Aquino, RHP Erick Canela, RHP Edixon Mejia, RHP Edwin Rodriguez, RHP Wilton Rodriguez, LHP Hector Bello, LHP Jose Diaz, C Ignacio Chevalier, C Jose Lopez, 3B Fu-Lin Kuo, OF Wilson Agramonte, OF Jorge Alcantara, OF Sandy Brito, OF Freiter Marte, OF Eladio Moronta
Acquired: RHP Kyle Haynes from Pirates as player to be named for C Chris Stewart
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Kelvin Castro (AA, Marlins), RHP Felipe Gonzalez (AAA, Pirates), RHP Tommy Kahnle (MLB, Rockies), RHP Mikey O’Brien (AAA, Reds), OF Ravel Santana (AAA, Astros)

The Yankees purged 16 players from the organization in mid-December, all of them international free agent signees except for lefthander Jose Diaz, a 29th-round pick in 2012 out of high school in Puerto Rico. He spent the 2013 season in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Oakland Athletics
Traded:
LHP Brett Anderson to Rockies for RHP Chris Jensen and LHP Drew Pomeranz
Traded: LHP Jerry Blevins to Nationals for OF Billy Burns
Traded: C David Freitas to Orioles as player to be named for RHP Jim Johnson
Removed from 40-man: LHP Andrew Werner (outrighted to Triple-A)
Rule 5 draft selections lost: 3B Vinnie Catricala (AAA, Brewers), 3B Tony Thompson (AAA, Marlins)

Philadelphia Phillies
Rule 5 draft selections lost:
RHP Seth Rosin (MLB, Mets), SS Jonathan Roof (AAA, Red Sox)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Traded:
RHP Kyle Haynes to Yankees as player to be named for C Chris Stewart
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Roberto Espinosa (AAA, Blue Jays), LHP Wei-Chung Wang (MLB, Brewers), C Charlie Cutler (AAA, Cubs)

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
1B Dariel Gomez, SS Oscar Cotes
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Kevin Thomas (AAA, Twins), LHP Hector Hernandez (AAA, D-backs), SS Jake Lemmerman (AAA, Padres)

San Diego Padres
Signed:
SS Alberto Gonzalez

San Francisco Giants
Rule 5 draft selection lost:
RHP Scott Shuman (AAA, Blue Jays)

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
OF Cole Gillespie, OF Burt Reynolds (Camden (Atlantic))
Rule 5 draft selections lost: RHP Jose Valdivia (AAA, Angels), LHP Brian Moran (MLB, Blue Jays)

Burt Reynolds spent three seasons in the Rays system up through 2010 and has played independent ball in the Can-Am (2011-12) and Atlantic (2013) leagues the past three seasons. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees prior to the 2012 season and now the 25-year-old outfielder has one with the Mariners heading into 2014. Why does that matter? According to the YES Network, Reynolds is Robinson Cano’s cousin, and now Cano is under contract with the Mariners for the next 10 years.

Tampa Bay Rays
Rule 5 draft selections lost:
C Omar Narvaez (AAA, White Sox)

Texas Rangers
Signed:
SS Josh Wilson
Rule 5 draft selections lost: LHP Richard Bleier (AAA, Blue Jays), SS Greg Miclat (AAA, Cardinals)

Toronto Blue Jays
Rule 5 draft selections lost:
LHP Evan Crawford (AAA, White Sox)

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Angher Cespedes, LHP Melvin Morel
Traded: OF Billy Burns to Athletics for LHP Jerry Blevins
Rule 5 draft selection lost: C Adrian Nieto (MLB, White Sox)