Minor League Transactions: March 6-12

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period March 6-12.

Please note that the optional assignments listed here are not official Opening Day assignments, though the clubs have gone through the trouble of moving those players to the reserve roster for that particular minor league affiliate. So there’s that.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
LHP Armando Reyes
Released: RHP Bradley Blanks, RHP Thomas Brendel, RHP Jose Gonzalez, RHP Tyler Green, RHP Luis Hernandez, RHP Seth Lintz, RHP Brett Lorin, LHP Michael Blake, LHP Sean Mahley, LHP Eric Perrault, 1B Joash Brodin, 2B Denver Chavez, OF Justin Bianco, OF Michael Lang
Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Marcos Mateo (to Cubs)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Zeke Spruill, LHP Eury de la Rosa, OF Ender Inciarte, OF Alfredo Marte
Removed from 40-man: LHP Santos Rodriguez (outrighted to Triple-A)

The D’backs cut ties with 2011 third-rounder Justin Bianco, a 21-year-old outfielder who hit .222/.295/.315 in parts of three seasons in short-season ball. Drafted out of high school in Canonsburg, Pa., Bianco had no standout tool as an amateur and might have benefitted with further physical development had he carried through on his college commitment to Pittsburgh.

A Rule 5 pick last December, hard-throwing reliever Marcos Mateo cleared waivers and returned to the Cubs—with Chicago paying a $25,000 fee—after being outrighted by the D’backs. As Nick Piecoro notes, Mateo could have elected free agency as a player who had previously been outrighted.

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
C Yenier Bello
Acquired: RHP Zach Stewart from White Sox for cash

The Braves signed 29-year-old Cuban catcher Yenier Bello for $400,000, though they don’t necessarily view him as an option for Opening Day. Atlanta has four players who might see time behind the plate in 2014: Evan Gattis, Ryan Doumit, Gerald Laird and prospect Christian Bethancourt.

Bello’s first attempt to defect from Cuba in 2012 was unsuccessful, but after retiring from baseball the following spring, he moved to Ecuador and recovered his confiscated passport. He later established residency in Mexico, whereupon MLB declared him a free agent this February.

Baltimore Orioles
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Mike Belfiore, LHP Tim Berry, C Michael Ohlman

Chicago Cubs
Released:
RHP Alan Oaks, OF Aaron Cunningham

Chicago White Sox
Traded:
RHP Zach Stewart to Braves for cash
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Charlie Leesman
Optioned to Double-A: OF Jared Mitchell, OF Trayce Thompson

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
OF Willie Cabrera (St. Paul (American Association)), OF Gauntlett Eldemire (Lake Erie (Frontier))
Released: RHP Jesus Adames, RHP Jason Kilby, RHP Werleen Taveras, 1B Aldi Guzman, 1B Carlos Sanchez, 3B Henry Rodriguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, RHP Chad Rogers, LHP David Holmberg, OF Ryan LaMarre, OF Donald Lutz
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Ismael Guillon, OF Juan Duran, OF Yorman Rodriguez

The Reds signed Australian righty Jason Kilby last March, but the 22-year-old did not pitch in 2013 due to injury.

Cleveland Indians
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Austin Adams, LHP T.J. House, 1B Jesus Aguilar, 2B Jose Ramirez, SS Erik Gonzalez, OF Carlos Moncrief

Colorado Rockies
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Tyler Matzek
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Jayson Aquino, SS Rosell Herrera

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
LHP Nate Robertson
Released: RHP Luis Marte, 2B Javier Azcona
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Melvin Mercedes, LHP Casey Crosby
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jose Valdez, C Ramon Cabrera

Houston Astros
Released:
1B Brett Wallace
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Paul Clemens, RHP David Martinez, LHP Luis Cruz, C Max Stassi, OF Domingo Santana

Kansas City Royals
Released:
RHP Brad Penny, C Troy Snitker
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Chris Dwyer
Optioned to Double-A: LHP John Lamb, 3B Cheslor Cuthbert, OF Lane Adams

Los Angeles Angels
Released:
LHP Drew Taylor
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Michael Roth
Removed from 40-man: LHP Rob Carson, C John Hester (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed:
OF Joe Meggs (Joliet (Frontier))
Released: RHP Pablo Gonzalez, LHP Jhosue Bermudez, C Dashenko Ricardo
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Magill

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Elias Hernandez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Brady, OF Kyle Jensen
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Angel Sanchez, RHP Jose Urena, LHP Grant Dayton, C J.T. Realmuto, OF Brent Keys

Milwaukee Brewers
Released:
RHP Michael Olmsted, RHP R.J. Seidel, C Tyler Roberts
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Jimmy Nelson, RHP Ariel Pena, 1B Hunter Morris, 1B Jason Rogers
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Brooks Hall, RHP Kevin Shackelford
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jose de la Torre (outrighted to Triple-A)

Minnesota Twins
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Trevor May, LHP Logan Darnell, LHP Edgar Ibarra, LHP Brooks Raley
Optioned to Double-A: 1B Kennys Vargas
Optioned to high Class A: 2B Jorge Polanco, OF Max Kepler

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Mike Hepple (Evansville (Frontier))
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Josh Edgin, SS Wilfredo Tovar
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Erik Goeddel, OF Cesar Puello
Optioned to low Class A: LHP Steve Matz

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Andrew Bailey (non-tendered by Red Sox)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Nik Turley, OF Slade Heathcott
Optioned to Double-A: C Gary Sanchez

Oakland Athletics
Optioned to Triple-A:
OF Shane Peterson
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Raul Alcantara
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Michael Ynoa

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
RHP Ronald Mendez, RHP Felix Santos, RHP Matt Soren, LHP Rob Marcello
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luis Garcia
Optioned to Double-A: OF Aaron Altherr, OF Kelly Dugan
Removed from 40-man: RHP Mike Stutes (outrighted to Triple-A)

Pittsburgh Pirates
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Casey Sadler
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Joely Rodriguez, SS Alen Hanson

St. Louis Cardinals
Released:
RHP Amauris Capellan, LHP Ben Freeman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Angel Castro, OF Mike O’Neill, OF Rafael Ortega

San Diego Padres
Signed:
C John Nester (Evansville (Frontier))
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Juan Oramas
Optioned to Double-A: OF Yeison Asencio

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
OF Darren Ford
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike Kickham, 1B Angel Villalona, 3B Adam Duvall, OF Gary Brown
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Hunter Strickland

Seattle Mariners
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Logan Bawcom, LHP Bobby LaFromboise, C Jesus Sucre, 1B Ji-Man Choi, SS Carlos Triunfel

Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Alex Colome, LHP Mike Montgomery, LHP Enny Romero

Texas Rangers
Released:
RHP David Gates
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wilmer Font, RHP Ben Rowen
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, SS Luis Sardinas
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Matt West

Toronto Blue Jays
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Liam Hendriks, RHP Deck McGuire, RHP Mickey Storey, LHP Rob Rasmussen
Optioned to Double-A: C A.J. Jimenez, OF Kenny Wilson

Washington Nationals
Signed:
LHP Mike Gonzalez (Article XX-B free agent)
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Felipe Rivero