Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Feb. 26-March 3.
Signed: OF Rickie Weeks
Elected free agency: 1B Efren Navarro
Removed from 40-man: 1B Efren Navarro (outrighted to Triple-A)
Boston Red Sox
Signed: OF David Murphy
Released: RHP Reed Reilly
Signed: 1B Matt Clark, OF Ryan Kalish (did not play in 2015), OF Shane Victorino
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Kameron Loe (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Signed: C Omir Santos (re-signed), OF Will Venable
Signed: RHP Lucas Harrell (LG (Korea))
Signed: LHP Neal Cotts
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Josh Roenicke
Los Angeles Dodgers
Released: RHP Brooks Brown, 2B Blake Hennessey
Released: RHP Robert Morey
New York Mets
Released: RHP Yoryi Nuez
New York Yankees
Signed: OF Chris Denorfia
San Diego Padres
Signed: LHP Christian Friedrich (released by Rockies, Feb. 19), LHP Matt Thornton, 1B Josh Satin (released by Reds, Aug. 5), SS Justin Sellers
Released: 1B Jonas Lantigua
Christian Friedrich and Matt Thornton are only the latest lefthanders with big league experience signed by the Padres to minor league deals this offseason. San Diego previously had signed four other southpaws with major league time: Ryan Buchter, Michael Kirkman, Daniel Moskos and Scott Snodgress. They also agreed to terms with minor league free agents Ramon Benjamin and Buddy Baumann, the latter receiving a 40-man roster spot courtesy of a major league contract.
Why did the Padres become so fixated on lefthanders? The club’s five primary relievers in 2015 all threw righthanded, and the the three lefty relievers San Diego did use—Frank Garces, Chris Rearick and Marc Rzepczynski—combined to allow 10.3 hits, 1.8 home runs and 6.1 walks per nine innings over a combined 72 appearances.
The improved Minor League Free Agent Tracker now keeps track of more free agent types, so you can easily view the Padres’ entire offseason activity in one place, provided you’re not looking for 40-man roster moves or trades.
Signed: 1B Efren Navarro
Released: RHP Troy Scott
Signed: RHP Anthony Carter (did not play in 2015), OF Drew Stubbs (re-signed)
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: C Wilkin Castillo, C Robinzon Diaz, OF Domonic Brown