Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed a minor league contract with the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster and clearing waivers.
Signed: RHP Chris Pack (Joliet (Frontier)), RHP Bo Schultz (Grand Prairie (American Association)), OF Jason Patton (River City (Frontier)), OF Miles Walding (NDFA—Huntingdon (Ala.))
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Yonata Ortega
After signing indy leaguers Ryan Quigley and Chris Valencia a couple weeks ago, the Diamondbacks continued their independent shopping spree, signing three more players who finished ’11 out of affiliated ball.
Chris Pack played college ball at Villanova [Correction: He spent his senior season at Illinois. ME] and latched on in the Frontier League last July after going undrafted. He ran up a 4.61 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 22-17 K-BB ratio in 22 relief appearances for Joliet. Pack sits 90-93 mph and reportedly drew some interest from the Marlins last year before injury concerns scared them off.
The Athletics released Bo Schultz last April, and he has three years of affiliated experience.
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Ryan Adams, 3B Josh Bell
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Dylan Bundy
Signed: C Nathan Maldonado
Removed from 40-man: RHP Casey Weathers (outrighted to Triple-A)
According to a piece in the West Valley View, Nathan Maldonado served as the Cubs' bullpen catcher last year. The Arizona native even participated in the All-Star Game festivities last year in Chase Field, catching bullpens for American League pitchers and also serving as one of two receivers for the home run derby.
Signed: RHP Carlos Fisher*
Kansas City Royals
Signed: 1B Ryan Meade (Southern Illinois (Frontier))
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Ysmael Carmona*, C Benji Johnson (Amarillo (American Association))
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: OF Jarrad Page
Jarrad Page played defensive back for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles last year, his last of six pro football seasons. The Dodgers signed him out of a March 1 tryout, but Page is not new to baseball by any stretch. He's been drafted three times, the first time as a fifth-rounder by the Brewers in ’02 out of San Leandro (Calif.) High. The Rockies (32nd round) and Angels (seventh round) drafted him out of UCLA in successive years, ’05 and ’06.
Signed: RHP Tom Boleska (Edmonton (North American)), RHP Miguel Mejia (re-signed)
Released: LHP Alberto Bastardo, LHP Michael Jarman
Signed: C Billy Killian (Evansville (Frontier)), C Norberto Susini
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Craig Fritsch, RHP Kevin Mulvey, LHP John Mincone (Windy City (Frontier))
Released: C Landon Powell
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Sean Doolittle, OF Jermaine Mitchell
St. Louis Cardinals
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Adam Reifer
San Francisco Giants
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Ehire Adrianza, OF Francisco Peguero
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yoervis Medina, LHP Danny Hultzen, LHP Mauricio Robles, 3B Francisco Martinez, SS Carlos Triunfel, OF Johermyn Chavez, OF Chih-Hsien Chiang
Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Archer, RHP Alex Cobb, LHP Alex Torres
Chris Archer, Alex Cobb and Alex Torres will once again front the Triple-A Durham rotation because there's no room in St. Pete, not with James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Wade Davis, Matt Moore and Jeff Niemann fighting for five spots.
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: 2B Ruben Gotay
The 29-year-old Ruben Gotay could join his eighth Triple-A squad if he heads to Las Vegas in April. He sports a career .372 on-base percentage at that level.
Released: 3B Justino Cuevas
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Carlos Rivero
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Matt Purke, 3B Anthony Rendon