Here we present official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Nov. 13-19.
You'll find that many teams in this installment have added players to the 40-man roster in order to shield them from the Rule 5 draft. However, since the deadline for teams to carry out that process was Nov. 20, this list here is a partial one. BA subscribers can check out the early Rule 5 Preview.
The expanded Minor League Free Agent Tracker has all the signings through mid-November.
Signed: LHP Rommie Lewis (Bridgeport (Atlantic)), 1B Kila Ka'aihue
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Charles Brewer, RHP Eric Smith, LHP Eury de la Rosa, OF Keon Broxton
Signed: RHP James Hoyt (Tabasco (Mexican)), RHP Jonathan Santiago, LHP Dusty Hughes (re-signed), C Shawn McGill (re-signed)
Released: RHP Kevin McKague, LHP Matt Fouch, LHP Elvin Garcia, LHP Mike Hashem, C Ryan Query, 1B Mike Spina, 2B Luis Madrid, 3B Angel Vargas, OF Emmanuel Daniel, OF Kurt Fleming
Added to 40-man roster: RHP David Hale, RHP Aaron Northcraft, RHP Cory Rasmus, RHP Zeke Spruill, C Christian Bethancourt
Righthanded reliever James Hoyt pitched for Centenary College (La.) in ’10, joined the independent North American League for the ’11 season and then latched on with the indy American Association and Mexican League this year. The 26-year-old has shown swing-and-miss stuff for four different pro teams—Yuma, Edinburg, Wichita and Tabasco—striking out 104 batters over 78 relief innings. Of course, he's also walked 5.3 batters per nine innings in that time.
Among the released players are a pair of former Army pitchers: Kevin McKague, a 23rd-round righty drafted this year, and lefty Matt Fouch, who had been on baseball's military list since July ’10.
Signed: RHP Daniel McCutchen, LHP Dan Meyer (Long Island (Atlantic)), OF Lew Ford (re-signed)
Boston Red Sox
Released: RHP Mike Gleason, RHP Jadd Schmeltzer, OF Seth Schwindenhammer
Signed: C J.C. Boscan, SS Alberto Gonzalez, OF Brian Bogusevic, OF Johermyn Chavez
Chicago White Sox
Signed: LHP David Purcey, C Bryan Anderson, SS Steve Tolleson, OF John Shelby III (Gateway (Frontier))
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Andre Rienzo, LHP Santos Rodriguez, C Josh Phegley, OF Jared Mitchell
Signed: RHP Jeff Stevens, C Nevin Ashley, 2B Emmanuel Burriss
Released: OF Yordanys Perez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Josh Ravin, LHP Ismael Guillon, OF Yorman Rodriguez
Signed: RHP Jose Flores (re-signed), 2B Nate Spears, OF Matt Carson, OF Cedric Hunter
Signed: RHP Jeff Manship
Signed: C Brad Davis (re-signed)
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Atahualpa Severino
Elected free agency: OF Jason Bourgeois
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Billy Buckner, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP Mitch Stetter, C Luke Carlin, OF Trent Oeltjen, OF J.B. Shuck
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP Hector Correa, RHP Greg Infante, LHP Kelvin de la Cruz, LHP Thomas Melgarejo, C Wilkin Castillo, 1B Nick Evans, 3B C.J. Retherford (re-signed), SS Miguel Rojas
Released: RHP Eduardo Jorge
Traded: RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, C John Buck, SS Jose Reyes, OF Emilio Bonifacio and cash to Blue Jays for RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, LHP Justin Nicolino, C Jeff Mathis, SS Yunel Escobar, SS Adeiny Hechavarria and OF Jake Marisnick
Signed: RHP Frankie de la Cruz, LHP Zach Kroenke, C Blake Lalli
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Nick Bucci, RHP Hiram Burgos, 2B Scooter Gennett, OF Khris Davis, OF Josh Prince
Signed: RHP Tim Wood, SS James Beresford (re-signed)
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Wanel Mesa (Bridgeport (Atlantic)), RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Scott Rice, SS Brian Bixler, OF Jamie Hoffmann
Signed: LHP Justin Thomas, SS Darwin Perez
Traded: RHP Tyson Ross and 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones to Padres for LHP Andrew Werner and SS Andy Parrino
Signed: 3B Josh Fields
Signed: RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Luis Sanz, 3B Alex Valdez (Carmen (Mexican)), OF Felix Pie
San Diego Padres
Traded: LHP Andrew Werner and SS Andy Parrino to Athletics for RHP Tyson Ross and 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Fabio Castillo, RHP Eric Hacker (re-signed), RHP Willy Lebron
Signed: C Jesus Sucre (re-signed)
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Matt Buschmann (re-signed)
Released: LHP David Newmann
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Joe Ortiz, 2B Leury Garcia
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Ronald Uviedo (re-signed), RHP Neil Wagner, LHP Willie Collazo (re-signed), LHP Alex Hinshaw, 2B Jim Negrych, 2B Julio Izturis, OF Ricardo Nanita (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, LHP Justin Nicolino, C Jeff Mathis, SS Yunel Escobar, SS Adeiny Hechavarria and OF Jake Marisnick to Marlins for RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, C John Buck, SS Jose Reyes, OF Emilio Bonifacio and cash
The Izturis signed by the Blue Jays this time is not Cesar, the 12-year big league veteran, as originally reported in this post. It's Julio Cesar Izturis, a 23-year-old middle infielder whom the Giants released during spring training ’12.
Signed: RHP Caleb Clay, RHP Randy Consuegra, RHP Deibi Yrizarri, LHP Fernando Abad
The Nationals signed Randy Consuegra following his stint with the Colombian team in the World Baseball Classic qualifier, where he struck out the only batter he faced. Released by the Red Sox in January ’11, he hasn't played affiliated ball the past two seasons. Washington previously plucked a quality relief arm out of an international tournament when they signed Mexican righty Rafael Martin in February ’10 on the heels of his fine performance (4 strikeouts, one hit, no runs in 2 1/3 innings) in the ’09 Caribbean Series.