Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Feb. 14-19.
For more information on Article XX-B free agents, see our review of all 31 major league free agents who signed minor league contracts this offseason.
Signed: RHP Thomas Brendel (Sonoran Freedom)), RHP Bobby Hillier (Normal (Frontier)), RHP Brandon Sinnery (Lincoln (American Association))
Traded: RHP Jesus Castillo and RHP Erick Leal to Cubs for OF Tony Campana
Bobby Hillier pitched in the Frontier League last season, but the best look scouts got at the former Thiel (Pa.) College righty came in the California Winter League this February. Hillier is one of three CWL class of ’13 players to sign contracts with major league organizations this offseason.
Signed: RHP Kevin Jacob (released by Cardinals, Oct. 3), RHP Jair Jurrjens (non-tendered by Braves), LHP Harry Marino (released by D-backs, Oct. 5)
Removed from 40-man: OF Trayvon Robinson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Boston Red Sox
Signed: LHP Matt Maloney
Signed: OF Brent Lillibridge
Traded: OF Tony Campana to Diamondbacks for RHP Jesus Castillo and RHP Erick Leal
Signed: LHP Rich Hill (non-tendered by Red Sox)
Signed: LHP Erik Bedard (released by Pirates, Aug. 28)
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Chad Cordero (did not play in ’12), RHP Ben Fritz (did not play in ’11 or ’12), RHP Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Hanshin (Japan))
If you read Moneyball, then you may remember Ben Fritz as Oakland's fourth first-round selection that year, following Nick Swisher, Joe Blanton and John McCurdy. Fritz went to spring training with the Tigers in ’10, but his most recent pro experience actually came with Lancaster of the Atlantic League that same season.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched in Japan's industrial league last season, but prior to that the 34-year-old righthander had logged 12 years in Nippon Professional Baseball, his final season with Hanshin in ’11. He owns a career 3.53 ERA and 3.2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 370 appearances in NPB. Kobayashi saved 29 games for Lotte in ’10, his only season as a closer.
Signed: 1B Casey Kotchman (Article XX-B free agent), 2B Nick Green (re-signed)
Signed: RHP Kyle Davies (did not play in ’12), LHP Rafael Perez (non-tendered by Indians)
New York Mets
Signed: RHP LaTroy Hawkins (Article XX-B free agent), LHP Justin Hampson (re-signed), OF James Roche (Newark (Can-Am))
New York Yankees
Signed: 1B Dan Johnson (non-tendered by White Sox)
Signed: RHP Rodrigo Lopez, 1B Austin Gallagher (released by Dodgers, Jan. 13)
Released: SS Andres Blanco
Austin Gallagaher, a former Dodgers minor league first baseman, tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine in January and must sit out 50 games this spring. The 24-year-old Gallagher, the older brother of Royals prospect Cameron, hit .283/.383/.481 with 15 homers in 374 at-bats for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga last season, his third straight in the California League.
Released: C Wyatt Toregas
San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Freddy Garcia (Article XX-B free agent), LHP Juan Delgado, 2B Anthony Contreras (re-signed), OF Leonardo Heras (Mexico City (Mexican))
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: OF Jack Cust
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Clint Everts (re-signed), SS Jean Almanzar
Released: LHP Jared Potts
Signed: RHP Delvis Gonzalez