Minor League Transactions: Jan. 15-21

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 15-21.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
SS Gabriel Noriega
Removed from 40-man: RHP Matt Stites (outrighted to Triple-A)


Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Tim Sexton (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))


Chicago Cubs
Signed:
2B Munenori Kawasaki


Chicago White Sox
Released:
RHP Mike Recchia


Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
C Jordan Pacheco, 3B Alden Carrithers


Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Casey Weathers (re-signed)


Detroit Tigers
Signed:
C Yaniel Cabezas (did not play in 2015), SS Argenis Diaz
Released: RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Eduardo Figueroa

Righthander Rafael Dolis pitched at Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers system in 2015 and re-signed with the club in December as a minor league free agent. Detroit released the 28-year-old last week, however, so that he could sign with Hanshin of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.


Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Cesar Valdez (Tabasco (Mexican)), LHP Edwar Cabrera, OF Eury Perez (non-tendered by Braves)
Released: RHP Lachlan Madden, RHP Adonis Pena, RHP Jorge Perez, RHP Joselo Pinales, LHP Zach Davis, LHP Starlyng Sanchez, LHP Alejandro Solarte, LHP Edwin Villarroel, 1B Jared Cruz


Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Lester Oliveros


Los Angeles Angels
Released:
RHP Austin Young, LHP Jake Petersen, LHP Cole Swanson


Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
C Vince DiFazio (St. Paul (American Association))


Miami Marlins
Removed from 40-man:
RHP Andre Rienzo, 1B Tommy Medica (both players outrighted to Triple-A)


New York Mets
Signed:
C Nevin Ashley, SS Niuman Romero (released by Athletics, Aug. 5)


New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Wandy Soto
Released: C Isaias Tejeda, 2B Angelo Gumbs, SS Bryan Cuevas, OF Jordan Barnes, OF Griff Gordon, OF Jose Infante, OF Teodoro Martinez

Second baseman Angelo Gumbs, a 2010 second-round pick out of high school who signed for $750,000, topped out at high Class A Tampa in each of the past three seasons, but the four-time Yankees top 30 prospect hit just .208 in 678 at-bats in the Florida State League.


Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
SS Victor Ngoepe

The Pirates signed South African shortstop Gift Ngoepe in September 2008, then added him to the 40-man roster last November after he reached Triple-A Indianapolis in the second half of 2015. Now, Pittsburgh has signed his younger brother Victor (born Tlou Victor Ngoepe), whom Gift makes reference to in this piece for Bucs Dugout.


San Francisco Giants
Signed:
C George Kottaras


Seattle Marienrs
Signed:
LHP Kraig Sitton


Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
LHP Adam Wilk


Texas Rangers
Signed:
LHP Cesar Ramos (non-tendered by Angels), C Bobby Wilson (re-signed), OF Jordan Danks
Released: C Guy Edmonds


Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
LHP Randy Pondler


Washington Nationals
Signed:
LHP Darin Gorski

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