Minor League Transactions: July 25-31

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period July 25-31.

Take a wide view of all the July trade activity—see which players landed where and which teams shed the most salary. BA subscribers can read Jim Callis’ ranking of the top 10 prospects to be traded.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Brody Greer (NDFA—South Carolina-Upstate), 3B Marty Herum (NDFA—Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Released: RHP Mat Sample, RHP Vince Spilker, 2B William Castillo
Traded: RHP Ian Kennedy to Padres for RHP Matt Stites, LHP Joe Thatcher and 2014 supplemental second-round pick
Recalled: RHP Chaz Roe
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tyler Skaggs
Removed from 40-man: RHP Nate Adcock (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Josh Parr, OF Zach Esquerra
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jonathan Pulley, RHP Vince Spilker, LHP Michael Blake

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
OF Greg Golson (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Recalled: LHP Alex Wood
Added to 40-man roster: OF Todd Cunningham
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kameron Loe (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan Weber, LHP Chuck Buchanan, LHP Nelson Leon, LHP Luis Merejo, OF Will Skinner

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Nik Nowottnick (NDFA—Towson)
Released: RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Domingo Salas, SS Brandon Wood
Traded: LHP Josh Hader, OF L.J. Hoes and 2014 supplemental first-round pick to Astros for RHP Bud Norris and international bonus slot four
Recalled: OF L.J. Hoes
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Danny Valencia
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jairo Asencio, OF Chris Dickerson (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Torsten Boss, OF Roderick Bernadina
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joel Pineiro, C Zane Chavez, C Chase Weems, 2B Jonathan Schoop, SS Byron Capellan

Boston Red Sox
Released:
LHP Zach Good
Traded: RHP Francelis Montas, RHP J.B. Wendelken and SS Cleuluis Rondon to White Sox as part of three-team deal in which White Sox sent RHP Jake Peavy to Red Sox; Tigers sent RHP Brayan Villarreal to Red Sox and OF Avisail Garcia to White Sox; and Red Sox sent SS Jose Iglesias to Tigers
Recalled: 2B Brock Holt
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brayan Villarreal, RHP Brandon Workman
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Will Latimer, C Jordan Weems, OF Jackie Bradley, OF Manuel Margot
Reinstated from DL: LHP Christian Perdomo, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, OF Jesus Loya

Center fielder Jackie Bradley exited a game for Triple-A Pawtucket with right elbow inflammation. He’s hitting .278/.378/.489 with eight homers and 20 doubles in 58 games, ranking 12th in the International League in OBP among those with least 250 plate appearances.

Chicago Cubs
Released:
OF Xavier Batista
Traded: OF Alfonso Soriano and cash to Yankees for RHP Corey Black
Traded: RHP Guillermo Moscoso to Giants for cash considerations
Recalled: RHP Jake Arrieta
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Eduardo Sanchez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jake Arrieta
Option transferred: OF Brett Jackson (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Michael Heesch, LHP Matt Iannazzo, LHP Eric Jokisch, LHP Austin Kirk, 3B Josh Vitters, OF Shawon Dunston Jr., OF Tim Torres
Reinstated from DL: RHP Starling Peralta, LHP Kyler Burke, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, C Taylor Davis, C Rony Rodriguez, OF Brett Jackson

A right calf strain had sidelined Brett Jackson at Triple-A Iowa since June 22, and when he returned to action the Cubs demoted him to Double-A Tennessee. The ’09 first-round pick ranked as Chicago’s top prospect two years later.

Chicago White Sox
Traded:
RHP Jake Peavy to Red Sox as part of three-team deal in which Red Sox sent RHP Francelis Montas, RHP J.B. Wendelken and SS Cleuluis Rondon to White Sox and SS Jose Iglesias to Tigers; and Tigers sent RHP Brayan Villarreal to Red Sox and OF Avisail Garcia to White Sox
Recalled: RHP Andre Rienzo, OF Jordan Danks
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Avisail Garcia, OF Blake Tekotte
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Zach Isler, LHP Spencer Arroyo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Erik Johnson

Righthander Andre Rienzo struck out nine batters per nine innings at Triple-A Charlotte, ranking second in the International League among qualified starters, and he became the first Brazil-born player to pitch in a major league game.

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
LHP Fabian Williamson (Laredo (American Association)), OF Brandon Short (released by White Sox, July 18)
Recalled: LHP Tony Cingrani
Removed from 40-man: RHP Greg Reynolds (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Dennhardt, RHP Shaun Ellis, SS Brent Peterson
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Elliott Hargreaves, OF Jonathan Martijn
Reinstated from DL: LHP Nick Routt, SS Carlton Daal

Cleveland Indians
Traded:
SS Juan Herrera to Cardinals for LHP Marc Rzepczynski
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Vinnie Pestano
Designated for assignment: RHP Joe Martinez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Jordan Cooper, LHP Francisco Jimenez, SS Yhoxian Medina
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Adam Plutko
Reinstated from DL: 2B Jose Ramirez, OF LeVon Washington

Colorado Rockies
Recalled:
RHP Collin McHugh, LHP Jeff Francis, 2B Charlie Culberson, OF Corey Dickerson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Collin McHugh, 1B Jordan Pacheco
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Geoff Parker, LHP Isaiah Froneberger, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, C Will Swanner
Reinstated from DL: RHP Raul Fernandez, C Will Swanner

Detroit Tigers
Traded:
RHP Brayan Villarreal to Red Sox and OF Avisail Garcia to White Sox as part of three-team deal in which Red Sox sent RHP Francelis Montas, RHP J.B. Wendelken and SS Cleuluis Rondon to White Sox and SS Jose Iglesias to Tigers; and White Sox sent RHP Jake Peavy to Red Sox
Traded: OF Danry Vasquez and a player to be named to Astros for RHP Jose Veras
Released: RHP Cesar Carrillo
Recalled: RHP Luis Marte
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luke Putkonen
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jess Todd, RHP Michael Torrealba, LHP Matt Hoffman
Reinstated from DL: RHP Shawn Hill, RHP Luis Marte, LHP Logan Ehlers, OF Chad Wright

The Tigers allowed Cesar Carrillo to serve his 100-game suspension on their minor league inactive list, and then promptly released him on July 25 when he became eligible to play. Carrillo’s suspension for “violations of the minor league drug program” ended just about concurrently with former University of Miami teammate Ryan Braun’s 65-game suspension and about a week before Major League Baseball plans to announce a slew of suspensions for players linked to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic.

Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Justin Hess (NDFA—Georgia Southern)
Traded: RHP Bud Norris and international bonus slot four to Orioles for LHP Josh Hader, OF L.J. Hoes and 2014 supplemental first-round pick
Traded: RHP Jose Veras to Tigers for OF Danry Vasquez and a player to be named
Traded: OF Justin Maxwell to Royals for RHP Kyle Smith
Recalled: RHP Chia-Jen Lo, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, OF Robbie Grossman
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Josh Zeid
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Hector Ambriz, RHP Paul Clemens
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Telvin Nash
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Dimock, OF Terrell Joyce

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Mike Jeffreys (NDFA—Geneva (Pa.))
Released: OF Willy Taveras
Traded: RHP Kyle Smith to Astros for OF Justin Maxwell
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Chase Lambin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Sam Runion, OF Tim Ferguson

Los Angeles Angels
Traded:
international bonus slot two to Mets for RHP Andres Perez and OF Julio Concepcion
Recalled: LHP Nick Maronde, OF Kole Calhoun
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Daniel Stange, 3B Chris Nelson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Rasmus, 2B Grant Green
Removed from 40-man: RHP Billy Buckner (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Andrew Ray
Reinstated from DL: OF Scott Cousins

The Angels sacrificed $360,500 in international pool money in their trade with the Mets for righthander Andres Perez, a 22-year-old whom they assigned to the Rookie-level Arizona League, and outfielder Julio Concepcion, a 23-year-old at low Class A who will be eligible for minor league free agency this offseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Draft pick signed:
2B Tyger Pederson (33)
Recalled: OF Elian Herrera, OF Scott Van Slyke
Optioned to Triple-A: C Drew Butera, OF Elian Herrera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP James Campbell, RHP Scott Griggs, 1B O’Koyea Dickson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Meza, OF Devin Shines

Tyger Pederson graduated from Pacific before signing with the Dodgers as a 33rd-round pick. He’s the older brother of the organization’s top position-player prospect, Double-A outfielder Joc Pederson.

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Helpi Reyes, 2B Matt Downs
Recalled: RHP Steve Ames
Removed from 40-man: 2B Chris Valaika (outrighted to Triple-A)
Reinstated from DL: LHP Brad Hand, C Sharif Othman, 1B Matt Smith

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
OF Eugenio Velez (released by Blue Jays, July 22)
Released: OF Cole Garner
Recalled: 2B Scooter Gennett (twice)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rob Wooten
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Sean Halton, 2B Scooter Gennett
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Leonard Lorenzo, RHP Damien Magnifico, LHP Jed Bradley, SS Ozzie Chavez, OF Michael Reed
Reinstated from DL: RHP Damien Magnifico

Minnesota Twins
Draft pick signed:
OF Ivory Thomas (34)
Released: RHP Rich Harden
Optioned to Triple-A: C Drew Butera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nick Blackburn, RHP Carson Goldsmith, RHP Kohl Stewart, LHP Brett Lee
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luke Bard, RHP Rich Harden, RHP Dan Sattler, LHP Corey Williams, OF Jake Proctor

Twins first-rounder Kohl Stewart cut his foot while walking on the beach, forcing him to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League disabled list. The 18-year-old made four appearances for the GCL Twins, striking out nine, walking one and allowing seven hits in 10 innings.

New York Mets
Traded:
RHP Andres Perez and OF Julio Concepcion to Angels for international bonus slot two
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Placed on 7-day DL: C Nelfi Zapata, 1B Joe Bonfe, SS Brian Bixler, SS Chad Zurcher, OF Greg Pron, OF Stephan Sabol
Reinstated from DL: C Travis d’Arnaud, 3B Brian Harrison, SS Gavin Cecchini, SS Phillip Evans, OF Greg Pron

The Mets international bonus pool grew to $3.025 million following their trade with the Angels.

New York Yankees
Signed:
1B Brady Steiger (NDFA—Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)), 3B Brendan Harris (elected free agency from Angels, July 23), OF Hideki Matsui
Traded: RHP Corey Black to Cubs for OF Alfonso Soriano and cash
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B David Adams, OF Thomas Neal
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Luis Niebla, RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Fred Lewis, C Ryan Baker, 3B Dante Bichette Jr., OF Shane Brown, OF Aaron Judge
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Phil Wetherell, SS Claudio Custodio
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Zach Woods, LHP Aaron Dott

The Yankees signed Hideki Matsui, who starred for them from 2003 through ’09, to a one-day minor league contract so that he could retire with organization.

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
OF Yhoelnys Gonzalez
Recalled: C Stephen Vogt
Removed from 40-man: 3B Vinnie Catricala (outrighted to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Fisher
Reinstated from DL: RHP Joe Michaud, RHP Vince Voiro, LHP Trey Barham, C Ryan Lipkin, 2B Joe Bennie

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Danny Carela
Elected free agency: C Humberto Quintero
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Cody Asche, OF Steve Susdorf
Removed from 40-man: C Humberto Quintero (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: 2B Miguel Abreu
Reinstated from DL: RHP Carlos Zambrano, C John Suomi, 2B Gustavo Gonzalez

Pittsburgh Pirates
Acquired:
SS Robert Andino from Mariners for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Brandon Cumpton, C Tony Sanchez, OF Alex Presley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brandon Cumpton
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Dan Cevette, C Miguel Perez, OF Brett Carroll
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Benedict, RHP Casey Sadler, RHP Tyler Waldron, LHP Orlando Castro, 1B Jeff Larish, SS Yhonathan Barrios, OF Brett Carroll

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Tyler Mills
Traded: LHP Marc Rzepczynski to Indians for SS Juan Herrera
Recalled: RHP Michael Blazek, RHP Keith Butler, LHP Tyler Lyons, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, 1B Brock Peterson, OF Adron Chambers
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Fernando Salas, LHP Tyler Lyons, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, 1B Brock Peterson
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Jordan Walton, 3B Tyler Rahmatulla, OF Tommy Pham
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Fornataro, LHP Anthony Ferrara, OF Anthony Garcia, OF Stephen Piscotty

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Tim Sexton (released by Rockies, July 4)
Released: 2B Eric Charles
Traded: RHP Matt Stites, LHP Joe Thatcher and 2014 supplemental second-round pick to Diamondbacks for RHP Ian Kennedy
Recalled: RHP Miles Mikolas
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miles Mikolas
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Madrid, RHP Matt Stites, C Robert Kral, SS Jace Peterson
Transferred to 60-day DL: RHP Justin Livengood, LHP Brandon Fry
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ruben Mejia, RHP Bryan Verbitsky, OF Alberth Martinez, OF Luis Tejada

Double-A reliever Matt Stites had emergency appendectomy surgery about a week before being traded to the Diamondbacks and he’ll probably miss the balance of the minor league season.

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Chris Heston, RHP Hunter Strickland (both players re-signed after outright assignment)
Released: RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia, LHP Enmanuel De Jesus, LHP Chris Fern
Acquired: RHP Guillermo Moscoso to Giants for cash considerations
Recalled: 1B Brett Pill, OF Roger Kieschnick
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jake Dunning, 2B Kensuke Tanaka
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Daryl Maday, RHP Ethan Miller, LHP Tom Vessella, 1B Todd Linden, 2B Jean Delgado, SS Cristian Otero, OF Jesus Galindo
Reinstated from DL: RHP Edward Concepcion, RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia, RHP Danny Sandbrink, RHP Mason Tobin, LHP Enmanuel De Jesus, LHP Chris Fern, OF Leonardo Fuentes

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Tyler Sparger (NDFA—Minnesota State)
Released: RHP Jarrett Burgess
Traded: SS Robert Andino to Pirates for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Brandon Maurer
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Hector Noesi
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Brett Shankin, LHP Ryan Horstman, OF Denny Almonte
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jarrett Burgess, LHP Jordan Shipers, 2B Brock Hebert, OF Joe Dunigan

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Tyler Gauthier (NDFA—Southern New Hampshire)
Released: RHP Ramon Ramirez
Recalled: 2B Ryan Roberts
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eduar Quinonez, OF Brandon Guyer
Reinstated from DL: LHP Bruedlin Suero

Texas Rangers
Placed on 7-day DL:
C Jose Felix, SS Greg Miclat, OF Lewis Brinson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Keone Kela, C Jorge Alfaro, C Eli Whiteside, OF Joe Benson, OF Jermyll Jarmon

Toolsy center fielder Lewis Brinson, a first-round pick in 2012, got hit in the head by a pitch on July 29 and went on the disabled list afterward. He hit .227/.313/.416 with 17 homers and 16 steals through 98 games at low Class A Hickory.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
3B Bryan Lizardo
Released: RHP Marco Grifantini
Option transferred: RHP Kyle Drabek (high Class A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Javier Avendano, RHP Tucker Donahue, RHP Chorye Spoone, LHP Matt Wright, C Pierce Rankin, 2B Jim Negrych, SS Peter Mooney, SS Amadeo Zazueta
Reinstated from DL: LHP Evan Crawford, C Chris Schaeffer, 1B Luis Jimenez, SS Jason Leblebijian, SS Lance Zawadzki, OF Kenny Wilson

Toronto signed third baseman Bryan Lizardo out of the Dominican Prospect League, where he showed raw power and quality defensive chops.

The Blue Jays signed 27-year-old Italian righty Marco Grifantini on the heels of his showing in the World Baseball Classic, but after 21 appearances at high Class A Dunedin his ERA stood at 5.21 and WHIP at 1.70 through 48 innings.

Washington Nationals
Released:
C Kelly Shoppach
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Drew Storen
Placed on 7-day DL: C Jeff Howell, C Sam Palace, OF Steven Souza
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Sylvestri, C Sandy Leon, C Pedro Severino, C Kris Watts, 3B Sean Nicol