Minor League Transactions: March 25-31

Transactions involving minor league players for the period March 25-31. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.


Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
C Josh Thole (re-signed) | 3B Colin Walsh (released by Braves, March 24) | OF Gregor Blanco (re-signed)
Released: RHP Kevin Jepsen | RHP Asher Wojciechowski | LHP Marlon Arias | LHP Jeremy Bleich | LHP Austin Wright | C Josh Thole | OF Gregor Blanco (subsequently re-signed) | OF Daniel Fields | OF Jake Goebbert | OF Jason Pridie
Added to 40-man roster: RHP J.J. Hoover | RHP Tom Wilhelmsen | LHP Jorge de la Rosa
Designated for assignment: RHP Evan Marshall
Removed from 40-man: 1B Christian Walker (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Silvino Bracho | RHP Zack Godley | 1B Christian Walker | SS Ketel Marte
Optioned to Double-A: C Oscar Hernandez


Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP David Hernandez (released by Giants, March 24)
Released: RHP Blaine Boyer | RHP Dalton Carroll | RHP Ryan Clark | RHP Connor Gilmore | RHP Grayson Jones | RHP Jordy Lara | RHP Kris Medlen | RHP Ramon Morla | RHP Evertz Orozco | RHP David Richardson | RHP Cameron Stanton | RHP Karl Triana | RHP Brandon T. White | LHP Parker Danciu | LHP Chris Diaz | LHP Steve Kent | LHP Michael Kirkman | LHP Jhon Martinez | LHP Michael O'Neal | LHP Cesilio Pimentel | C Matt Foley | 1B Balbino Fuenmayor | 1B Alex Lee | 1B Robby Nesovic | 2B Darien McLemore | 3B Ryan O'Malley | SS Ryan Gebhardt | OF Sander Boeldak | OF Sean Godfrey | OF Matt Hearn | OF Erison Mendez | OF Ronnier Mustelier
Removed from 40-man: LHP Kevin Chapman (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Wisler | 3B Rio Ruiz

A fifth-round pick from Miami in 2014, lefthander Chris Diaz made 10 appearances in his draft year but none since after spending all of 2015 and 2016 on the disabled list.


Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
3B Chris Johnson (re-signed)
Released: RHP Garrett Cortright | RHP Andrew Elliott | RHP Trey Haley | RHP Tomo Ohka | RHP Cody Satterwhite | LHP Danny Ayers | LHP Xavier Borde | LHP Robert Strader | 1B Michael Katz | 2B Anthony Caronia | 3B Austin Anderson | 3B Chris Johnson (subsequently re-signed) | 3B Derek Peterson | SS Guillermo Salas | OF Conor Bierfeldt | OF Michael Bourn
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alec Asher | RHP Logan Verrett | RHP Mike Wright | LHP Chris Lee


Boston Red Sox
Released:
RHP Jeffry Fernandez | RHP Anyelo Leclerc | RHP Dioscar Romero | LHP Javier Rodriguez | C Ben Moore | C Andrew Noviello | OF Jayce Ray
Removed from 40-man: OF Bryce Brentz (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Noe Ramirez | C Blake Swihart | SS Deven Marrero | OF Steve Selsky
Option transferred: LHP Luis Ysla (Triple-A to Double-A)


Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Frank Batista | RHP Dallas Beeler | RHP Greyfer Eregua | RHP Jonathan Martinez | RHP Jordan Pries | RHP Tyler Skulina | RHP Michael Wagner | SS Munenori Kawasaki
Returned Rule 5 selection: LHP Caleb Smith (to Yankees)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eddie Butler | LHP Rob Zastryzny


Chicago White Sox
Released:
RHP Mayckol Guaipe | RHP Terance Marin | RHP Nolan Sanburn | RHP Blake Smith | LHP Tyler Matzek | C Sean O'Connell | 2B Joey DeMichele | 3B Cody Daily | SS Trevin Sonnier | OF Michael Suiter | OF Keenyn Walker | OF Charlie White
Acquired: LHP Kyle Kubat from Royals for cash
Traded: OF Peter Bourjos to Rays for cash
Removed from 40-man: LHP Giovanni Soto | OF Rymer Liriano (both outrighted to Triple-A)

The White Sox made junior-college outfielder Keenyn Walker their top draft pick in 2011. The speedy supplemental first-rounder stole 204 bases in six pro seasons, but in four tries at Double-A Birmingham he hit just .206/.303/.283 in 1,104 at-bats.


Cincinnati Reds
Released:
RHP Stephen Johnson | LHP Nolan Becker | C Shawn Zarraga | OF Jeff Gelalich | OF Desmond Jennings | OF Ryan Raburn
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tim Adleman | RHP Sal Romano


Cleveland Indians
Released:
RHP Trey Masek | RHP Christian Meister | LHP Kelvin de la Cruz | LHP Luis Perez | LHP James Russell | C Guillermo Quiroz | 2B Ordomar Valdez | OF David Armendariz | OF Bobby Ison | OF Wily Mo Pena
Added to 40-man roster: OF Austin Jackson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Clevinger | RHP Joseph Colon | RHP Carlos Frias | RHP Nick Goody | LHP Kyle Crockett | 3B Giovanny Urshela | SS Erik Gonzalez


Colorado Rockies
Signed:
LHP Ed Campbell (released by Mariners, March 28) | LHP Austin Wright (released by D-backs, March 29) | C Ryan Hanigan (released by Phillies, March 27)
Released: C Troy Stein | C Maxx Tissenbaum | 2B Mike Benjamin Jr. | 3B Chris Keck | SS Zach Osborne
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Stephen Cardullo | 1B Mark Reynolds
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Pat Valaika | OF Jordan Patterson | OF Raimel Tapia


Detroit Tigers
Signed:
C Bryan Holaday (released by Phillies, March 27)
Released: RHP Collin Balester | RHP Cory Riordan | RHP Thad Weber | LHP Travis Blackley | 1B Tanner Donnels | 2B Danny Muno | OF Alex Fernandez Jr. | OF Ronnie Mitchell
Removed from 40-man: OF Steven Moya (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Blaine Hardy | C John Hicks


Houston Astros
Released:
RHP Martires Arias | RHP Kevin McCanna | RHP Juan Santos | RHP Josue Uribe | LHP Zac Person | LHP C.J. Riefenhauser | C Kevin Martir | 1B Conrad Gregor | 1B Chase McDonald | 2B Aaron Mizell | 3B Bobby Wernes | SS Keach Ballard | OF Brauly Mejia | OF Hector Roa
Traded: C Tyler Heineman to Brewers for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP James Hoyt | OF Preston Tucker


Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Todd Eaton | RHP Igol Feliz | RHP Derek Gordon | RHP Alex Luna | LHP Brennan Henry | LHP Matt Portland | 2B Jordan Ebert | OF Joel Arias | OF Ben Johnson | OF Luke Willis
Traded: RHP Clayton Mortensen to Marlins for cash
Traded: LHP Kyle Kubat to White Sox for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Scott Alexander | OF Billy Burns | OF Peter O'Brien

Derek Gordon is the younger brother of Royals left fielder Alex Gordon. He pitched at high Class A Wilmington last season.


Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Ryan Clark (released by Braves, March 28) | RHP Greyfer Eregua (released by Cubs, March 30) | RHP Reilly Peltier (released by Rangers, March 21) | RHP Brandon Peterson (released by Twins, March 24) | C James Alfonso (released by Mariners, March 23)
Released: RHP Eric Alonzo | RHP Jason Hoppe | RHP Michael Smith | RHP Blayne Weller | LHP Alex Henson | C Tanner Lubach | 1B Nick Flair | 3B Ryan Sebra | OF Alex Abbott | OF Chad Hinshaw | OF Alexis Rivera
Traded: RHP Zach Hartman to Dodgers for C Julian Leon
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Morin


Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
RHP Jair Jurrjens (did not play in 2016) | RHP Justin Masterson | C Sam Tidaback (released by Cubs, March 23)
Released: RHP Chris Anderson | RHP Melvyn Forbes | RHP Scott Griggs | RHP Kyle Hooper | LHP Roberth Fernandez | C Jake Henson | OF Andres Ayon | OF Dian Toscano
Traded: C Julian Leon to Angels for RHP Zach Hartman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Fields | LHP Adam Liberatore | LHP Julio Urias | 3B Rob Segedin | SS Chris Taylor | OF Trayce Thompson

The Dodgers released 2013 first-round righthander Chris Anderson this spring. He finished last season at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he worked mostly as a reliever, before a disastrous turn in the Arizona Fall League.

The Dodgers signed 28-year-old righthander Jair Jurrjens following his effort for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. He led the Dutch team with 11.1 innings while allowing three runs on 12 hits and recording nine strikeouts. Jurrjens spent time in the Rockies system in 2015 but did not play in 2016.


Miami Marlins
Released:
RHP Preston Guillory | LHP Nick Maronde | LHP Chris Sadberry | LHP Caleb Thielbar | C Sharif Othman | 2B Giovanny Alfonzo | 2B Yefry Reyes | 3B Avery Romero
Acquired: RHP Clayton Mortensen from Royals for cash
Traded: C James Lovett to Phillies for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brian Ellington | LHP Hunter Cervenka | LHP Justin Nicolino | C Tomas Telis


Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
RHP Kaleb Earls | RHP Alex Farina | RHP David Lucroy | RHP Santos Saldivar | LHP Cesar Jimenez | LHP Mitch Lambson | LHP Clint Terry | 1B Cody Decker | 1B Tyrone Perry | 2B Chris McFarland | OF Nick Cain | OF Malik Collymore
Acquired: C Tyler Heineman from Astros for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Brent Suter


Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Paul Clemens (released by Padres, March 20)
Released: RHP Garrett Kelly | RHP Confesor Lara | RHP Seth Rosin | LHP Bo Hellquist | C Dominic Blanco | C Eddy Rodriguez | 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez | 3B Tom Belza | 3B Chris Ibarra | OF Austin Diemer | OF Josh Romanski | OF Drew Stubbs
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Berrios | LHP Buddy Boshers | C John Ryan Murphy
Option transferred: LHP Mason Melotakis (Triple-A to Double-A) | LHP Randy Rosario (Double-A to high Class A) | SS Engelb Vielma (Triple-A to Double-A)


New York Mets
Signed:
SS Josh Rodriguez (released by Athletics, March 27)
Released: RHP Dillon Becker | RHP Bryce Beeler | RHP Jimmy Duff | RHP Ty Williams
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sean Gilmartin | C Kevin Plawecki


New York Yankees
Signed:
LHP Jon Niese (re-signed) | C Sharif Othman (released by Marlins, March 30)
Released: RHP Mark Montgomery | LHP Jon Niese (subsequently re-signed) | 3B Drew Bridges
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ben Heller | C Kyle Higashioka | OF Rob Refsnyder
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Chad Green


Oakland Athletics
Signed:
LHP Ross Detwiler (re-signed)
Released: RHP Rob Huber | RHP Cody Kurz | RHP Corey Miller | RHP Jordan Schwartz | RHP Tyler Willman | LHP Derek Beasley | LHP Ross Detwiler (subsequently re-signed) | C Nick Collins | C Brett Sunde | 1B Max Kuhn | 1B John Nogowski | 1B Rangel Ravelo | 3B Jose Brizuela | 3B Ryan Howell | SS Josh Rodriguez | OF Alejandro De Aza | OF Justin Higley | OF Danny Oh | OF Steven Pallares
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jesse Hahn | C Bruce Maxwell


Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Jesse Beal | RHP Kale Fultz | RHP Carlos Indriago | RHP Ulises Joaquin | RHP Jordan Kurokawa | RHP Will Morris | RHP Jose Nin | LHP Sean Burnett | C Ryan Hanigan | C Bryan Holaday | 2B Luis Espiritu | 2B Taylor Featherston | OF Chris Coghlan | OF Christian Marrero
Acquired: C James Lovett from Marlins for cash
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Brock Stassi | OF Daniel Nava
Designated for assignment: OF Tyler Goeddel
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luis Garcia | 2B Jesmuel Valentin | OF Roman Quinn


Pittsburgh Pirates
Released:
RHP Jason Creasy | RHP Adrian Grullon | RHP Francis Rodriguez | RHP Justin Topa | LHP Nestor Oronel
Returned Rule 5 selection: LHP Tyler Webb (to Yankees)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Drew Hutchison | RHP A.J. Schugel | LHP Steven Brault | SS Gift Ngoepe


St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Luke Harrison | RHP Chris Perry | RHP Cody Schumacher | LHP Daniel Schlereth | C Steve Bean | 1B R.J. Dennard | 2B Dylan Tice | 3B Cole Lankford | SS Joey Hawkins | SS Andrew Sohn | OF Vaughn Bryan
Recalled: RHP Sam Tuivailala
Added to 40-man roster: C Eric Fryer
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Mayers | C Carson Kelly | OF Tommy Pham
Option transferred: 2B Eli Alvarez (high Class A to Double-A)


San Diego Padres
Signed:
C Steve Bean (released by Cardinals, March 27)
Released: RHP Juan Arias | RHP Ryan Butler | RHP Jon Edwards | RHP Gabe Encinas | RHP Corey Kimber | RHP Trey McNutt | RHP Dennis O'Grady | RHP Walker Weickel | LHP Hung-Chih Kuo | LHP Elvin Liriano | LHP Will Locante | LHP Dylan Stoops | C Ryan Miller | 1B Trae Santos | 2B Nelson Ward | SS Daniel Bravo
Loaned to Mexican League: OF Jose Urena (to Mexico City)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Craig Stammen | SS Erick Aybar
Designated for assignment: RHP Cesar Vargas
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Quackenbush
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jake Esch (waiver claim from Marlins)
Option transferred: RHP Cesar Vargas (Triple-A to Double-A) | SS Javier Guerra (Double-A to high Class A) | SS Jose Rondon (Triple-A to Double-A)

The Padres released one 2012 supplemental first-rounder last week and signed another. Orlando prep righthander Walker Weickel signed for $2 million and spent most of his time at low Class A Fort Wayne, where he ran up a 5.55 ERA in 183 innings. He played short-season ball last year prior to his release this spring. San Diego signed former Texas prep catcher Steve Bean, whom the Cardinals released after he hit .215 in five pro seasons.


San Francisco Giants
Signed:
RHP Ryan Webb (released by Brewers, March 22) | OF Jordan Paroubeck (released by Dodgers, March 21)
Released: RHP Tyler Mizenko | RHP Raul Rivero | RHP Jeff Soptic | RHP Anthony Usui | SS Jimmy Rollins
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Albert Suarez | LHP Steven Okert | LHP Josh Osich | 2B Kelby Tomlinson


Seattle Mariners
Released:
RHP Josh Judy | LHP Ed Campbell
Recalled: LHP Ariel Miranda
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Heston | LHP Ariel Miranda | C Tuffy Gosewisch | OF Ben Gamel


Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
LHP Adam Kolarek (released by Braves, March 24) | LHP Jonny Venters (re-signed)
Released: RHP David Carpenter | RHP Tim Ingram | RHP Jeff Walters | 1B J.D. Arrowood | 3B Jace Conrad
Acquired: OF Peter Bourjos from White Sox for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Garton | RHP Jaime Schultz | RHP Chase Whitley | C Curt Casali | C Luke Maile


Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP Anthony Carter | RHP Dillon Gee | RHP Ryan Ledbetter | RHP Adam Quintana | RHP Storm Rynard | LHP Felix Carvallo | LHP Jeff Malm | C Alex Burg | C Seth Spivey | 1B James Loney | SS Alberto Triunfel | OF Joe Jackson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Eddie Gamboa | RHP Keone Kela | RHP Nick Martinez

The Rangers released 25-year-old righthander Ryan Ledbetter but retained the services of his twin David Ledbetter, a 2013 third-round pick. Both brothers attended Cedarville University in Ohio.


Toronto Blue Jays
Released:
RHP Brad Allen | RHP Gavin Floyd | RHP Jackson Lowery | RHP Luis Sanchez | LHP Stuart Holmes | LHP Daniel Moritz | C Brett Wellman | 2B Alfredo Bohorquez | OF D.J. McKnight
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dominic Leone | C Juan Graterol | OF Darrell Ceciliani


Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Matt Albers (re-signed) | RHP Aaron Barrett (re-signed)
Released: RHP Matt Albers | RHP Joe Nathan | RHP Matt Tindall | RHP Vance Worley | LHP Stone Speer | C Brian Jeroloman | OF Shawn Pleffner | OF Fernelys Sanchez
Removed from 40-man: 1B Clint Robinson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP A.J. Cole | RHP Trevor Gott | RHP Rafael Martin | RHP Joe Ross | LHP Matt Grace | C Pedro Severino | OF Brian Goodwin

The Nationals re-signed reliever Aaron Barrett to a minor league deal after he misssed last season while recoving from Tommy John surgery. He elected free agency last October following an outright assignment. Barrett pitched effectively in the big league bullpen in 2014 and 2015 before having surgery, and the 29-year-old could work his way back into the big league picture this season.

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