Minor League Transactions

June 25-July 2

Transactions involving minor league players for the period June 25-July 2. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.

• The BA Draft Database has signing information for all rounds, plus bonus amounts and scouting reports for hundreds of players.

• The 2017 international signing period opened on July 2, thus we see six trades involving international bonus pool money in this installment. Teams have been permitted to trade international money since 2012, but this year is the first in which they can apportion specific dollar amounts of their pool and not simply trade one of their four “slots” with assigned dollar values. We are working to acquire the specific dollar amounts moved in all transactions.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Tyler Badamo (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Draft picks signed: RHP Matt Brill (12) | RHP Harrison Francis (4) | 3B Drew Ellis (2)
Released: RHP Brooks Hall | 3B Colin Walsh
Removed from 40-man: C Oscar Hernandez (outrighted to Double-A)


Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Walter Borkovich (NDFA—Michigan State) | LHP Kevin Matthews (Birmingham-Bloomfield (United Shore)) | 2B Andrew Daniel (released by Angels, June 16) | OF Carlos Baerga Jr. (NDFA—Northwestern Ohio)
Draft pick signed: OF Adam Groesbeck (38)
Released: 1B Ramon Osuna
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rex Brothers

The Rangers selected Georgia high school lefthander Kevin Matthews in the first round of the 2011 draft but released him in May 2015 after five ineffective and injury-riddled seasons. He recorded a 4.59 ERA in 82 innings in parts of two seasons at low Class A Hickory and did not pitch in 2016.

Matthews returned to the mound in 2017, where he struck out 48 in 28 innings in the United Shore Professional Baseball League, a second-year independent league based in Michigan. After signing with the Braves, he returned to the South Atlantic League with Rome.

Matthews went to high school in Richmond Hill, Ga., outside Savannah.


Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
LHP Raudel Lazo (released by Marlins, May 15)
Draft pick signed: RHP Adam Stauffer (19)
Released: C Ronald Soto | C Fabian Vizcaino | 1B Carlos Diaz | 1B Jesus Montero | OF Jose Paez
Acquired: RHP Matt Wotherspoon from Yankees for international bonus pool money
Acquired: LHP Jason Wheeler from Dodgers for international bonus pool money


Boston Red Sox
Signed:
3B Jhonny Peralta (released by Cardinals, June 13)
Released: OF Allen Craig
Traded: 1B Nick Longhi to Reds for $2.75 million in international bonus pool money
Traded: 3B Stanley Espinal and SS Imeldo Diaz to Cardinals for international bonus pool money


Chicago Cubs
Draft picks signed:
RHP Ben Hecht (12) | RHP Rollie Lacy (11) | RHP Braxton Light (24) | RHP Jeffrey Passantino (40) | 2B Jared Young (15) | 3B Ramsey Romano (31) | OF Brandon Hughes (16) | OF Chris Singleton (19)
Released: RHP Miguel Mejia | RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua
Traded: LHP Zac Rosscup (DFA) to Rockies for RHP Matt Carasiti


Chicago White Sox
Signed:
C Rob Brantly (released by Reds, June 29) | 3B Alex Maloney (NDFA—Ball State) | SS Tracy Hadley (NDFA—Southern Mississippi) | OF Nolan Brown (NDFA—Texas Christian)
Draft picks signed: RHP Lincoln Henzman (4) | RHP Kade McClure (6) | C Evan Skoug (7)
Released: RHP Pat Cashman | RHP Jake Dunning


Cincinnati Reds
Draft pick signed:
1B Justin Bellinger (22)
Released: C Rob Brantly | SS Hidekel Abreu | OF Cedric Hunter
Acquired: 1B Nick Longhi from Red Sox for $2.75 million in international bonus pool money
Elected free agency: RHP Jake Buchanan
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kevin Shackelford | RHP Asher Wojciechowski
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jake Buchanan (outrighted to Triple-A)


Cleveland Indians
Signed:
2B Michael Martinez (elected free agency from Rays, June 23)
Draft picks signed: RHP Josh Nashed (19) | LHP Michael Hendrickson (28) | LHP Kyle Nelson (15) | 2B Dillon Persinger (18) | SS Tyler Freeman (2s) | OF Austen Wade (5)


Colorado Rockies
Draft picks signed:
LHP Alec Byrd (33) | 1B Sean Bouchard (9)
Released: 2B Jonathan Piron
Traded: RHP Matt Carasiti to Cubs for LHP Zac Rosscup (DFA)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Mike Tauchman


Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Aaron Fernandez (NDFA—William & Mary)
Draft picks signed: RHP Drew Carlton (32) | SS Shane Cooper (37)
Released: RHP Jose Lopez | RHP Jorge Marban | RHP Dustin Molleken | OF Ross Kivett | OF Alexander Rodriguez


Houston Astros
Signed:
RHP Brendan Feldmann (NDFA—Lindenwood (Mo.)) | RHP Carlos Pimentel (NDFA—Science and Arts of Oklahoma)
Draft picks signed: RHP Corbin Martin (2) | 3B Joe Perez (2)
Released: C Vicente Mota


Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Daniel Garmendia (NDFA—Keiser (Fla.)) | RHP Tad Ratliff (NDFA—Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)) | LHP Stephen Greenlees (NDFA—Southwestern (Texas))
Draft pick signed: C Chris Hudgins (16)
Released: RHP Kelvin Magallanes | LHP Sixto Torres
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Luke Farrell
Designated for assignment: RHP Seth Maness


Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
C Erven Roper (NDFA—College of Charleston)
Draft picks signed: RHP Keith Rogalla (12) | LHP Jerryell Rivera (11) | OF Spencer Griffin (16) | OF Jacob Pearson (3) | OF Caleb Scires (17)
Released: OF Michael Bourn


Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Eddie Gamboa (elected free agency from Rangers, June 29) | OF Blake Gailen (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Matt Ditman | LHP Austin French
Traded: LHP Jason Wheeler to Orioles for international bonus pool money


Miami Marlins
Draft picks signed:
RHP Josh Roberson (12) | LHP Dakota Bennett (11)
Released: RHP Horacio Acosta | RHP Garrett Cortright | C Corey Bass | C Carlos Paulino | 1B Branden Berry | 1B Brad Haynal | 2B Mike Garzillo | OF Alex Glenn
Traded: SS Adeiny Hechavarria to Rays for RHP Ethan Clark and OF Braxton Lee
Acquired: RHP Tyler Frohwirth from Phillies for international bonus pool money
Removed from 40-man: 2B Christian Colon (outrighted to Triple-A)


Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Kadon Simmons (NDFA—Texas-Arlington) | C Kyle Beam (NDFA—Old Dominion)
Draft picks signed: RHP Max Lazar (11) | RHP Caden Lemons (2)
Released: 2B Trey York
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rob Scahill
Removed from 40-man: RHP Tyler Cravy (outrighted to Triple-A)


Minnesota Twins
Signed:
LHP Anthony Marzi (New Britain (Atlantic)) | C Carlos Paulino (released by Marlins, June 30)
Draft pick signed: RHP Joe Record (28)
Released: 2B Bradley Strong | 3B Dan Gamache
Removed from 40-man: RHP Alex Wimmers | LHP Mason Melotakis (both outrighted to Triple-A)


New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Ryan McAuliffe (NDFA—St. John’s)
Draft pick signed: RHP Bryce Hutchinson (12)
Released: 3B Eudor Garcia | SS Alejandro Diaz

The Mets released high Class A third baseman Eudor Garcia three years after making the El Paso JC product a fourth-round pick. He missed 80 games in 2016 after failing a test for a performance-enhancing substance and also missed the start of this season. The lefthanded-batting Garcia hit .285/.337/.415 in parts of four seasons in the Mets system.


New York Yankees
Signed:
C Pedro Diaz (NDFA—Carl Albert State (Okla.) JC) | C Hemmanuel Rosario (NDFA—Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.)
Released: C Aaron Bossi
Traded: RHP Matt Wotherspoon to Orioles for international bonus pool money
Added to 40-man roster: SS Tyler Wade | OF Dustin Fowler | OF Clint Frazier
Designated for assignment: OF Mason Williams

The Yankees signed undrafted Puerto Rican high school catcher Hemmanuel Rosario to a free agent deal with a $247,500 bonus, which is an unusually high amount for a player passed over in the draft. But in this case, there’s a catch. Rosario is just 16 years old, having started school at age 3, so while he has the experience of a high school player, he is roughly the same age as an international free agent.

Because the Yankees exceeded the $125,000 maximum allowed for all draft picks (or nondrafted free agents) signed after the 10th round, the marginal difference—in this case $122,500—was counted against New York’s draft bonus pool.


Oakland Athletics
Draft picks signed:
RHP Brian Howard (8) | SS Nick Allen (3)
Released: OF Rob Bennie


Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
2B Gunnar Buhner (NDFA—Lewis-Clark State (Idaho))
Draft picks signed: RHP Ben Brown (33) | LHP Ethan Lindow (5) | C Colby Fitch (13) | 1B Quincy Nieporte (26)
Traded: RHP Tyler Frohwirth to Marlins for international bonus pool money
Traded: C James Lovett and 1B Caleb Eldridge to Mariners for international bonus pool money


Pittsburgh Pirates
Draft picks signed:
RHP Cody Bolton (6) | 3B Dylan Busby (3) | 3B Jesse Medrano (31) | OF Chris Sharpe (14)
Released: C Danny Arribas | 1B Jason Rogers

The Pirates released first baseman Jason Rogers so that he could sign with Hanshin in Japan. The 29-year-old hit .289/.362/.439 with nine home runs in 69 games at Triple-A Indianapolis.


St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
1B John Nogowski (Sioux City (American Association))
Draft picks signed: RHP Jim Voyles (38) | C Zach Jackson (6) | SS Kramer Robertson (4) | OF Scott Hurst (3)
Released: RHP Steven de la Cruz | RHP Champ Rowland
Acquired: 3B Stanley Espinal and SS Imeldo Diaz from Red Sox for international bonus pool money
Acquired: OF Lane Thomas from Blue Jays for international bonus pool money
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Luke Voit | SS Alex Mejia


San Diego Padres
Draft picks signed:
RHP Cole Bellinger (15) | RHP Harrison Simon (24) | LHP Joey Cantillo (16)


San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Cody Hall (Lancaster (Atlantic)) | LHP Nate Reed (Lancaster (Atlantic)) | 1B K.C. Hobson (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Draft pick signed: LHP John Gavin (8)
Released: RHP Angel Merced | LHP Michael Roth | OF Woody Edwards | OF Luis Lacen | OF Anthony Marks
Elected free agency: RHP Bryan Morris
Added to 40-man roster: 3B Jae-Gyun Hwang
Removed from 40-man: RHP Bryan Morris (outrighted to Triple-A)


Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Clay Chandler (NDFA—Southeast Missouri State) | RHP Tyler Jackson (NDFA—Clemson) | OF Aaron Stroosma (NDFA—Seattle)
Draft pick signed: RHP Jamal Wade (17)
Released: LHP Nick Hagadone | 1B Jonas Lantigua | OF Keury de la Cruz
Acquired: C James Lovett and 1B Caleb Eldridge from Phillies for international bonus pool money
Removed from 40-man: RHP Pat Light (outrighted to Triple-A)


Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Hunter Adkins (released by Marlins, June 19) | RHP Trevor Charpie (NDFA—Nevada) | 1B Billy King (NDFA—Northwest Nazarene (Idaho))
Draft picks signed: RHP Paul Campbell (21) | 1B Brendan McKay (1) | SS Taylor Walls (3)
Released: RHP Taylor Hawkins
Traded: RHP Ethan Clark and OF Braxton Lee to Marlins for SS Adeiny Hechavarria
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Adam Kolarek


Texas Rangers
Signed:
OF Xavier Paul (Carmen (Mexican))
Draft pick signed: SS Myles McKisic (23)
Traded: OF Eduard Pinto to Blue Jays for RHP Jason Grilli
Elected free agency: RHP Eddie Gamboa
Loaned to Mexican League: LHP Samuel Zazueta (to Mexico City)
Designated for assignment: RHP Preston Claiborne
Removed from 40-man: RHP Eddie Gamboa (outrighted to Triple-A)


Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
OF Michael Saunders (released by Phillies, June 23)
Draft picks signed: RHP Turner Larkins (21) | RHP Nate Pearson (1) | LHP Brody Rodning (13) | C Hagen Danner (2) | 3B Davis Schneider (28) | SS Logan Warmoth (1)
Released: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Traded: RHP Jason Grilli to Rangers for OF Eduard Pinto
Traded: OF Lane Thomas to Cardinals for international bonus pool money
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Lucas Harrell


Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Kevin Jepsen (released by D-backs, March 25) | 3B Dan Gamache (released by Twins, June 27)
Draft picks signed: RHP Wil Crowe (2) | RHP Brigham Hill (5) | LHP Max Engelbrekt (40) | OF Nick Choruby (18)
Released: RHP Diomedes Eusebio | LHP Kylin Turnbull | 1B Conner Simonetti | OF Israel Mota
Added to 40-man roster: SS Adrian Sanchez

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