Minor League Transactions: March 13-19

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period March 13-19.

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Released: RHP Matt Langwell, 2B John Leonard, 2B Randy McCurry, 2B Jorge Vega-Rosado, OF Yogey Perez-Ramos
Acquired: LHP Spencer Arroyo from White Sox for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Joe Paterson

The Diamondbacks acquired Matt Langwell from the Indians last Sept. 1 as the player to be named in the August waiver trade of Jason Kubel. He made eight relief appearances for Arizona and five others with Cleveland, logging 12 strikeouts and a 1.43 WHIP in 14 total innings.

Atlanta Braves
Released:
RHP Mike Volpe, LHP Thomas Keeling, 2B Marquis Riley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wirfin Obispo
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Aaron Northcraft, LHP Carlos Perez

Thomas Keeling joined the Braves organization last June in the deal that sent first baseman Juan Francisco to the Brewers. In 29 post-trade appearances at Double-A Mississippi, Keeling walked 28 batters and allowed five homers in 25 1/3 innings, producing a 5.68 ERA and 2.09 WHIP.

Baltimore Orioles
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Suk-Min Yoon, C Johnny Monell
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Dylan Bundy

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
RHP Michael Olmsted (released by Brewers, March 10)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Alex Wilson, C Christian Vazquez, 3B Garin Cecchini, OF Bryce Brentz, OF Alex Hassan

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Carlos Gutierrez, C Yaniel Cabezas, C Carlos Escobar, C Neftali Rosario, 1B Kelvin Freeman, 3B Greg Rohan, SS Brad Zapenas
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, LHP Zac Rosscup, 2B Arismendy Alcantara, 2B Logan Watkins, 3B Christian Villanueva, 3B Josh Vitters, OF Brett Jackson, OF Matt Szczur
Optioned to Double-A: OF Jorge Soler

The Cubs claimed Carlos Gutierrez on waivers from the Twins following the 2012 season, but they received just six appearances and 11 2/3 innings from him in 2013 before he had shoulder surgery in July. Minnesota selected Gutierrez 27th overall in 2008 but has not yet reached the majors, and while his strikeout rate spiked after permanently moving to the bullpen at Triple-A Rochester in 2011, he also hasn’t been completely healthy since that season, either.

Chicago White Sox
Released:
RHP Kyle Bellamy, RHP Dan Remenowsky, RHP Diogenes Rosario, LHP Gregg Downing, 1B Mike McDade, 1B Brent Tanner
Traded: LHP Spencer Arroyo to Diamondbacks for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nestor Molina, RHP Andre Rienzo, LHP Frank de los Santos, LHP Eric Surkamp, C Josh Phegley, SS Carlos Sanchez

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Shaun Ellis, RHP Joey Housey, RHP Oswaldo Mieres, LHP Trevor Reckling, OF Willie Cabrera, OF Gauntlett Eldemire
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Curtis Partch, C Tucker Barnhart

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Bijelic Mena, RHP Adam Miller (Sugar Land (Atlantic)), RHP Yhon Ventura, SS Ismael Bautista (released by Royals, July 31)
Released: RHP Manuel Carmona, RHP Bryce Stowell, RHP Jack Wagoner, RHP Walker White, RHP Robert Whitenack, LHP Carlos Diaz, LHP Harold Guerrero, 3B Kyle Bellows
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Preston Guilmet, RHP Frank Herrmann, RHP Bryan Price, LHP Scott Barnes, LHP Nick Hagadone, LHP Colt Hynes, 3B David Adams

Adam Miller rejoins the organization for which he ranked as the No. 1 prospect each year from 2004-07. Since leaving the Indians system as a minor league free agent following the 2011 season, he has pitched in the Yankees system and also in two different independent leagues. Miller spent last year with Sugar Land of the Atlantic League, striking out 36 in 62 innings to go with a 4.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

Colorado Rockies
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Christian Friedrich, 1B Kyle Parker, SS Cristhian Adames, OF Kent Matthes
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Kraig Sitton
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Raul Fernandez

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Bryan Augenstein (released by Twins, May 30)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin Miller, 1B Jordan Lennerton, OF Daniel Fields
Optioned to Double-A: 3B Francisco Martinez, OF Steven Moya

Houston Astros
Released:
RHP Ryan Connolly, RHP Zach Dando, RHP Alex Gillingham, RHP Euris Quezada, LHP Kyle Hallock, LHP Blair Walters, 2B Parker Hipp, 3B Angel Ibanez, OF Jean Batista
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP Chia-Jen Lo, RHP Collin McHugh, LHP Rudy Owens

Houston has emphasized volume when trading away veteran pieces the past few years, but two of the pitchers acquired in those deals took their lumps at high Class A Lancaster last year and will not be Astros this season. Alex Gillingham, a product of the Wilton Lopez deal with the Rockies (along with righty Alex White), made just three appearances for the JetHawks but allowed 16 hits and 10 runs in eight innings. Lefty Blair Walters, part of the haul from the White Sox for Brett Myers in July 2012, allowed a 7.36 ERA and 1.92 WHIP over 73 innings at Lancaster.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Brett Tomko (York (Atlantic)), RHP Ramon Troncoso (elected free agency from White Sox)
Released: RHP Tyler Mack, RHP Kellen Moen, LHP Jon Keck, 3B Nick Cuckovich, OF Alex Hudak
Traded: 3B Brandon Laird to Nationals for a player to be named
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Mariot, LHP Justin Marks, C Francisco Pena, 2B Christian Colon

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
RHP Garrett Bush, RHP Brandon Efferson, RHP Andres Perez, LHP Brandon Love, LHP Max Russell, C Zac Livingston, OF Julio Concepcion, OF Ryan Jones
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Wall, LHP Buddy Boshers, 1B Efren Navarro, 2B Tommy Field, 3B Luis Jimenez

The Angels traded international bonus slot No. 2, which amounted to $360,500, to the Mets last July for Julio Concepcion and Andres Perez, a pair of org players who were in short-season ball at the time of the trade.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Released:
RHP Sawil Gonzalez, LHP Geison Aguasviva, LHP Jake Hermsen, C Steve Cilladi, OF Gerson Nunez
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Justin Turner, 3B Chone Figgins
Optioned to Double-A: SS Erisbel Arruebarrena

Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Edward Cruz, RHP Robert Ravago, RHP Rob Waite, LHP Beau Wright
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Sam Dyson, LHP Brian Flynn, C Rob Brantly
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Edgar Olmos

Milwaukee Brewers
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Michael Blazek, RHP Hiram Burgos, RHP Mike Fiers
Removed from 40-man: OF Sean Halton (outrighted to Triple-A)

Minnesota Twins
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Kris Johnson, C Eric Fryer, SS Danny Santana

New York Mets
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Jake deGrom, RHP Ryan Reid, C Juan Centeno
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jeff Walters

New York Yankees
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Bryan Mitchell, OF Ramon Flores
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Jose Campos, LHP Manny Banuelos

Oakland Athletics
Released:
RHP Brett Hunter

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Geoff Broussard, RHP Karl Gelinas, LHP Braden Shull, C Lou Marson, OF Johnny Knight, OF Hilton Richardson
Acquired: C Koyie Hill from Nationals for cash
Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Kevin Munson (to Diamondbacks)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jeremy Horst, OF Tyson Gillies
Optioned to Double-A: C Tommy Joseph, OF Zach Collier

Despite having plenty of vacancies in the bullpen behind Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo, the Phillies didn’t want to roll the dice on Rule 5 pick Kevin Munson after he gave up seven hits and walked eight in seven spring innings. He cleared waivers and returned to the Diamondbacks, who bought him back for $25,000.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Released:
RHP Ethan Hollingsworth, RHP Kevin Kleis, RHP Seth McClung, LHP Dalton Friend, LHP Zac Fuesser
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Duke Welker, OF Gregory Polanco

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Brady Adamek
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eric Fornataro, LHP Tyler Lyons, C Audry Perez, OF Oscar Taveras

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Hector Ambriz (elected free agency from Astros)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Keyvius Sampson, RHP Burch Smith, OF Reymond Fuentes
Optioned to Double-A: OF Rymer Liriano

Tooled-up right fielder Rymer Liriano will pick up where he left off in 2012, when he spent the second half at Double-A San Antonio. He missed the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery, and he played in just four games in the Dominican League over the winter, going 1-for-9.

San Francisco Giants
Released:
RHP Drew Bowlin, RHP Paul Davis, RHP Renzo Freites, RHP Luis Rojas, RHP Justin Schumer, RHP Casey Weathers, 1B Joey Rapp, 2B Stephen Branca, 2B Ryan Cavan, 3B Shayne Houck, SS Cristian Otero, OF Christian Diaz, OF Mark Teahen
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Jose De Paula, LHP Edwin Escobar, 2B Nick Noonan, OF Roger Kieschnick

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP George Drullard, RHP Charles Kaalekahi, RHP George Mieses, RHP Gabe Saquilon, RHP Bobby Shore, RHP Tyler Sparger, LHP Steve Ewing, LHP Michaelangelo Guzman, LHP Wander Marte, LHP Scott Ronnenbergh, OF Cavan Cohoes, OF Cory Scammell
Optioned to Triple-A: C Jesus Montero, OF Xavier Avery, OF James Jones

Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Nate Karns, RHP Kirby Yates, LHP Jeff Beliveau, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, 3B Vince Belnome, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Kevin Kiermaier

Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Travis Dean, RHP Jose Samayoa, RHP Michael Zouzalik
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cory Burns, RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Nick Tepesch, SS Andy Parrino

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Jose Nivar, 1B Mike McDade (released by White Sox, March 13)
Released: RHP Drew Permison, LHP Kyle Anderson, LHP Corey Gorman, LHP Carlos Pina
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kyle Drabek, RHP Chad Jenkins, RHP Neil Wagner, LHP Sean Nolin

Washington Nationals
Signed:
1B Sandy Guerrero (released by White Sox, Oct. 15)
Released: RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Silvio Medina, RHP Kelvin Rodriguez, RHP Cameron Selik, RHP Rob Wort, LHP Joel Barrientos, LHP Elliott Waterman, C Kevin Flynn, C Thor Meeks, 3B Wes Schill, OF Jordan Poole
Traded: C Koyie Hill to Phillies for cash
Acquired: 3B Brandon Laird from Royals for a player to be named
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Eury Perez, OF Steven Souza
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Matt Purke, LHP Sammy Solis, OF Michael Taylor

Side-winding righty reliever Rob Wort struck out 95 batters in 56 2/3 innings at high Class A Potomac in 2012, a total high enough to rank 13th in the Carolina League. His control backed up in a big way last season (8.0 walks per nine innings) when he repeated at Potomac, which when combined with injury issues led to his release this spring.