Minor League Transactions: March 13-19

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP Joe Martinez, C Konrad Schmidt, OF Cole Gillespie
Removed from 40-man: LHP Zach Kroenke (outrighted to Triple-A)

Atlanta Braves
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Jaye Chapman, RHP Erik Cordier, RHP J.J. Hoover, RHP Todd Redmond, LHP Luis Avilan

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
2B Josh Barfield
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Joe Mahoney
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Oliver Drake

Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Carlos Silva
Acquired: RHP Aaron Kurcz from Cubs as player to be named in compensation package for general manager Theo Epstein
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Will Middlebrooks, OF Che-Hsuan Lin
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Stolmy Pimentel, LHP Drake Britton, 2B Oscar Tejeda

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Yohan Gonzalez, RHP Jordan Latham, SS Rafael Valdes, OF Ben Klafczynski, OF Blair Springfield
Traded: RHP Aaron Kurcz to Red Sox as player to be named in compensation package for general manager Theo Epstein
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alberto Cabrera, LHP Jeff Beliveau, LHP John Gaub, 3B Josh Vitters
Optioned to Double-A: SS Junior Lake, OF Matt Szczur

The Cubs drafted Blair Springfield out of a Decatur, Ill., high school in the seventh round of the ’09 draft, but he never advanced past short-season Boise in three seasons.

The Cubs signed Cuban defector Rafael Valdes last February and released him little more than a year later. He batted .263/.319/.371 in 232 at-bats last season.

Chicago White Sox
Released:
C Jared Price
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Carter, RHP Simon Castro, RHP Deunte Heath, RHP Greg Infante, RHP Jhan Marinez, LHP Pedro Hernandez, LHP Charlie Leesman, LHP Donnie Veal, SS Ozzie Martinez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Nestor Molina, LHP Jose Quintana

The White Sox may wind up stationing all the players they received in the Ozzie Guillen (Jhan Marinez, Ozzie Martinez) and Carlos Quentin (Simon Castro, Pedro Hernandez) trades in Triple-A Charlotte to being the season. Neston Molina, the bounty for Sergio Santos, is ticketed for Double-A.

Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Ryne Reynoso, RHP Randall Yard
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Judy, 1B Neftali Soto, SS Kris Negron
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Pedro Villarreal, 2B Henry Rodriguez, SS Didi Gregorius
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Kyle Lotzkar, 1B Donald Lutz

Cleveland Indians
Acquired:
2B Davis Stoneburner from Rangers as player to be named for LHP Kelvin de la Cruz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Corey Kluber, LHP Scott Barnes, SS Juan Diaz, OF Ezequiel Carrera, OF Thomas Neal, OF Nick Weglarz
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Kelvin de la Cruz
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Danny Salazar

The Indians traded Kelvin de la Cruz to the Rangers on Feb. 21—then reacquired him from Texas for cash on March 15—before they even received player to be named Davis Stoneburner on March 19. The 27-year-old Stoneburner batted .269/.341/.413 in 438 at-bats for Double-A Frisco last season, offering middle-infield versatility but not much power or speed potential. Texas drafted him in the ninth round in ’07 from James Madison.

Colorado Rockies
Elected free agency:
OF Jamie Hoffmann
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Christian Friedrich, 2B D.J. LeMahieu, SS Tommy Field
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Edwar Cabrera
Removed from 40-man: OF Jamie Hoffmann (outrighted to Triple-A)

Detroit Tigers
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Jose Ortega, LHP Casey Crosby, LHP Matt Hoffman
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Tyler Stohr, OF Avisail Garcia
Optioned to high Class A: 2B Hernan Perez

Houston Astros
Signed:
C Landon Powell
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP Paul Clemens
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jorge De Leon, RHP Arcenio Leon

Kansas City Royals
Released:
LHP Eric Diaz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nathan Adcock, LHP Ryan Verdugo, 1B Clint Robinson, OF David Lough, OF Derrick Robinson
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Noel Arguelles

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
RHP Carson Andrew, RHP Erik Gregersen, RHP Justin LaTempa, LHP Eddie Sipple
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Luis Jimenez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Ariel Pena, SS Jean Segura
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Fabio Martinez

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Kyle Smit
Released: LHP Alberto Castillo, LHP David Jensen, LHP Andrew Pevsner, LHP Andy Suiter, C B.J. Larosa, OF Gianison Rosa
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Josh Wall, LHP Mike Antonini, OF Alex Castellanos, OF Alfredo Silverio, OF Scott Van Slyke
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Chris Withrow

The Dodgers originally drafted Kyle Smit in ’06 and then traded him (plus two others) to the Cubs for Ted Lilly four years later. Chicago released Smit on March 4.

Miami Marlins
Signed:
LHP Sean West*
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Alex Sanabia, LHP Daniel Jennings, 3B Matt Dominguez, OF Kevin Mattison
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Evan Reed, LHP Brad Hand
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Arquimedes Caminero
Removed from 40-man: LHP Ramon Benjamin (outrighted to Double-A), LHP Sean West (outrighted to Triple-A)

Milwaukee Brewers
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Amaury Rivas, RHP Mark Rogers, 2B Eric Farris, 3B Zelous Wheeler
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Santo Manzanillo, RHP Cody Scarpetta, OF Brock Kjeldgaard
Removed from 40-man: SS Jeff Bianchi (outrighted to Double-A)

Minnesota Twins
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Lester Oliveros, LHP Scott Diamond, LHP Tyler Robertson, 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka, OF Darin Mastroianni, OF Rene Tosoni
Optioned to high Class A: OF Oswaldo Arcia

New York Mets
Signed:
3B Oswaldo Navarro
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Josh Stinson, 3B Zach Lutz, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Robert Carson, 2B Reese Havens, OF Juan Lagares
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Armando Rodriguez, SS Wilmer Flores, OF Cesar Puello

New York Yankees
Optioned to Triple-A:
2B Corban Joseph, OF Melky Mesa
Optioned to Double-A: 2B David Adams, OF Zoilo Almonte

Oakland Athletics
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Jarrod Parker, RHP Neil Wagner, C Derek Norris, 1B Chris Carter, SS Brandon Hicks, OF Michael Taylor

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Casey Barnes, RHP John Mariotti, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Jesus Pirela, LHP Ryan Feierabend, LHP Kasey Kiker, 2B Alan Schoenberger, OF Brian Gump
Optioned to Double-A: RHP J.C. Ramirez, C Sebastian Valle, 2B Cesar Hernandez, OF Tyson Gillies
Removed from 40-man: 2B Harold Garcia (outrighted to Double-A)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Kyle McPherson, RHP Bryan Morris, LHP Jeff Locke, LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Justin Wilson, SS Chase d'Arnaud, OF Gorkys Hernandez, OF Starling Marte
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Duke Welker

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Pete Parise, RHP Francisco Samuel, LHP Daniel Calhoun, LHP Jean Mijares, LHP Sean Watson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Brandon Dickson, SS Pete Kozma
Optioned to Double-A: 3B Zack Cox

San Diego Padres
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Nick Vincent, LHP Josh Spence, OF Blake Tekotte
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Erik Hamren, LHP Jose DePaula, LHP Juan Oramas, 3B Edinson Rincon
Optioned to high Class A: OF Rymer Liriano

San Francisco Giants
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Hector Correa, 2B Charlie Culberson, OF Tyler Graham, OF Roger Kieschnick
Optioned to high Class A: 1B Angel Villalona

The U.S. Consulate still has not issued a work visa to Angel Villalona, and the Giants don’t know when to expect him back.

Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Danny Cruz, RHP Kenn Kasparek, RHP Alex Periard, RHP Ben Versnik, LHP John Hesketh, LHP Jason Markovitz, 1B Chris Andreas, 1B Mario Flores, 1B Tim Morris, 2B Carlos Guillen, OF Robbie Anston, OF Kenny Straus, OF James Wood
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Trayvon Robinson

Tampa Bay Rays
Released:
RHP Drew Leary
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Bush, RHP Dane de la Rosa, C Stephen Vogt, OF Brandon Guyer
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Alex Colome
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Wilking Rodriguez, RHP Albert Suarez

Texas Rangers
Traded:
2B Davis Stoneburner to Indians as player to be named for LHP Kelvin de la Cruz
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Cody Eppley, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Neil Ramirez, LHP Martin Perez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jake Brigham, LHP Miguel de los Santos
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Wilmer Font, RHP Roman Mendez, RHP Matt West

Toronto Blue Jays
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Chad Beck, LHP Evan Crawford, C Travis d'Arnaud, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Moises Sierra
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Joel Carreno, RHP Danny Farquhar, RHP Trystan Magnuson, 1B Mike McDade

Washington Nationals
Signed:
1B Xavier Nady
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yunesky Maya, C Jhonatan Solano, 1B Tyler Moore, OF Bryce Harper
Optioned to Double-A: OF Eury Perez

Xavier Nady ended last season as a major league Article XX(B) free agent, so he qualifies to receive a retention bonus and a June 1 opt-out date if the Nationals ultimately send him to Triple-A.

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