Minor League Transactions: Nov. 14-21

Minor League TransactionsOfficial minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Nov. 14-21.

The BA Minor League Free Agent Tracker crackles with life, and readers may filter players by new organization as well as signed/unsigned status. We have accounted for nearly 150 free agent signings to date.

The flurry of 40-man roster additions—108 in all—in this installment coincides with the Nov. 20 deadline for clubs to shield players from selection in the Rule 5 draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2B Jorge Vega-Rosado (released by Blue Jays, July 1)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Bo Schultz, OF Ender Inciarte

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Benino Pruneda (re-signed), LHP Brady Feigl (NDFA—Mount St. Mary’s), C Steve Lerud, C Jose Yepez (re-signed), OF Jose George
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Luis Vasquez, LHP Carlos Perez, SS Elmer Reyes

The Braves had signed reliever Luis Vasquez to a minor league deal hours after he attained free agency from the Dodgers, so rather than risking losing him in the Rule 5 draft, Atlanta added him to the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old misses plenty of bats (career-best 11.6 SO/9 in 2013) and has given up five home runs total in the past four seasons, but walks have been a significant issue (7.1 BB/9 in 2013). Still, Vasquez presents a tough look for righthanders with a sidearm delivery, and he has a nice fastball/slider combo.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed:
RHP Brock Huntzinger, LHP Nick Additon, SS Sharlon Schoop, OF Ronald Bermudez, OF Chih-Hsien Chiang, OF K.D. Kang
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Eddie Gamboa, LHP Tim Berry, C Michael Ohlman

With the signing of Sharlon Schoop, the Orioles could have a sibling double-play combination at Triple-A Norfolk in 2014. That is if prospect Jonathan Schoop plays second base and Sharlon plays shortstop. Both are from Curacao. While they won’t be the Ripkens, the 22-year-old Jonathan has some sock in his bat and could be a heavy-hitting infielder for many years.

Boston Red Sox
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Anthony Ranaudo, 3B Garin Cecchini, OF Bryce Brentz

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
RHP Paolo Espino, RHP Carlos Pimentel, LHP Jeffry Antigua (re-signed), 2B Chris Valaika, SS Jeudy Valdez, OF Casper Wells
Released: OF Dave Sappelt
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dallas Beeler, SS Arismendy Alcantara

Dave Sappelt joined the Cubs organization along with Travis Wood and Ronald Torreyes in the December 2011 Sean Marshall trade with the Reds. Chicago made out well in the exchange, receiving a breakthrough performance from Wood in 2013 (3.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in 32 starts) while turning Torreyes into $784,700 in international pool money in a July trade with the Astros.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Parker Frazier, 3B Alex Liddi, SS Jaime Pedroza
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Carlos Sanchez, OF Trayce Thompson

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
RHP Ross Ismail, LHP Nick Schmidt
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Chad Rogers, C Tucker Barnhart, OF Juan Duran, OF Ryan LaMarre

According to his Twitter account, Ross Ismail is an international free agent signing from Aruba.

Cleveland Indians
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Austin Adams, RHP Bryan Price, 1B Jesus Aguilar, 3B Erik Gonzalez, OF Carlos Moncrief

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Bobby Cassevah (re-signed), C Matt McBride (re-signed), C Jackson Williams
Released: C Bryce Massanari
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Jayson Aquino, LHP Tyler Matzek, LHP Kraig Sitton, SS Rosell Herrera, OF Kent Matthes, OF Kyle Parker

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Jhan Marinez, C Ronny Paulino (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Justin Miller, RHP Jose Valdez, LHP Kyle Lobstein, 1B Jordan Lennerton, SS Eugenio Suarez, OF Daniel Fields, OF Steven Moya

Houston Astros
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP Luis Cruz, OF Domingo Santana
Removed from 40-man: OF J.D. Martinez (outrighted to Triple-A)

Officially, the Astros added four players to the 40-man roster to make them ineligible for the Rule 5 draft, the fourth being first baseman Jonathan Singleton, whom Houston added back on Oct. 2.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Wilking Rodriguez, RHP P.J. Walters, 3B Cody King, OF Gorkys Hernandez (re-signed), OF Edinson Rincon (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Michael Mariot, 2B Christian Colon, 3B Cheslor Cuthbert, OF Lane Adams

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
LHP Wade LeBlanc, C Luis Martinez
Added to 40-man roster: OF Randal Grichuk

Los Angels Dodgers
Signed:
LHP Daniel Moskos (EDA Rhinos (Taiwan)), C Alberto Rosario, 1B Clint Robinson, 3B Brendan Harris, OF Jamie Romak
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Pedro Baez, RHP Yimi Garcia, LHP Jarret Martin

Miami Marlins
Signed:
RHP Ronny Fermin, RHP Jesus Sanchez, RHP Juan Sosa
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mike Brady, RHP Angel Sanchez, RHP Jose Urena, LHP Grant Dayton, C J.T. Realmuto, OF Brent Keys

Milwaukee Brewers
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Brooks Hall, RHP Kevin Shackelford, 1B Hunter Morris, 1B Jason Rogers

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Deolis Guerra (re-signed), OF Chris Rahl
Released: 1B Rory Rhodes, 2B Andy Leer, OF Kelvin Ortiz, OF Rick Schwarz
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Logan Darnell, 1B Kennys Vargas, 2B Jorge Polanco, OF Max Kepler
Removed from 40-man: RHP B.J. Hermsen (outrighted to Triple-A)

New York Mets
Signed:
1B Brandon Allen, OF Eris Peguero (released by Mets, Oct. 16)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jake deGrom, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Jeff Walters, LHP Steve Matz

New York Yankees
Signed:
SS Yamaico Navarro
Released: C Hector Rabago
Traded: RHP Ben Paullus to Padres for 2B Dean Anna
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jose Campos, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Bryan Mitchell, C Gary Sanchez, 2B Dean Anna, OF Slade Heathcott
Removed from 40-man: 2B Corban Joseph (outrighted to Triple-A)

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Matt Buschmann, RHP Jose Flores, RHP Deryk Hooker, RHP Jeremy McBryde, RHP Fernando Nieve (re-signed), 2B Jose Martinez
Elected free agency: 2B Scott Sizemore
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Raul Alcantara
Removed from 40-man: 2B Scott Sizemore (outrighted to Triple-A)

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
LHP Cesar Jimenez (re-signed), SS Andres Blanco (re-signed), SS Reid Brignac
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rob Rasmussen, C Tommy Joseph, OF Aaron Altherr, OF Kelly Dugan

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Collin Balester, RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Jason Erickson (re-signed), RHP Jay Jackson, RHP Josh Kinney, RHP Seth McClung (Puebla (Mexican)), C Miguel Perez (re-signed)
Released: RHP Luis Campos, RHP Jimy Hernandez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Casey Sadler, LHP Joely Rodriguez, SS Alen Hanson, OF Gregory Polanco

The 32-year-old Seth McClung pitched well as a reliever in the Mexican League in 2013, making 24 appearances for two clubs and notching 24 strikeouts and six walks in 23 innings. He logged five saves with a 1.04 WHIP.

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
C Ed Easley
Added to 40-man roster: SS Greg Garcia, OF Mike O’Neill, OF Oscar Taveras
Removed from 40-man: LHP John Gast, 3B Jermaine Curtis (both players outrighted to Triple-A)

San Diego Padres
Signed:
RHP Anthony Carter
Released: RHP Chris Fetter, RHP Neil Jamison, RHP Drew Miller, LHP Brent Carter, C Barry Gunther, 3B Tom King
Traded: 2B Dean Anna to Yankees for RHP Ben Paullus
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Donn Roach, RHP Keyvius Sampson, LHP Juan Oramas

With the exception of 2009 ninth-rounder Chris Fetter, the other five players released by the Padres had been on the restricted list for years. Drew Miller ranked as the system’s No. 5 prospect heading into 2008, but injuries and spotty command sidetracked his career, and he had not pitched since making two appearances in 2010.

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
SS Brandon Hicks
Elected free agency: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Hunter Strickland, 3B Adam Duvall, OF Gary Brown
Removed from 40-man: RHP Guillermo Moscoso (outrighted to Triple-A)

Seattle Mariners
Added to 40-man roster:
RHP Logan Bawcom, 1B Ji-Man Choi, OF James Jones, OF Stefen Romero

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Mark Lowe (released by Nationals, Sept. 2), RHP Sam Runion, C Mayobanex Acosta (re-signed), C Ali Solis
Released: RHP Eliazer Suero
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Kirby Yates, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, 1B Vince Belnome

Texas Rangers
Signed:
OF Kalian Sams (re-signed), OF Jake Smolinski, OF Brad Snyder
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP Ben Rowen, SS Luis Sardinas
Removed from 40-man: LHP Edwar Cabrera (outrighted to Triple-A)

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Mike Broadway, 1B Dan Johnson, SS Jonathan Diaz
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Deck McGuire, OF Kenny Wilson

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Gabriel Alfaro (Oaxaca (Mexican)), RHP Daniel Stange, RHP Chris Young (re-signed), C Jeyner Baez, 3B Melvin Dorta (re-signed)
Released: RHP Yunesky Maya
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Aaron Barrett, LHP Sammy Solis, OF Michael Taylor

Signed by the Blue Jays out of Venezuela in 2001, Gabriel Alfaro spent six seasons in the low levels of the Toronto system, topping out at short-season Auburn in 2005 and ’06, and he also logged time in the independent Atlantic League prior to joining the Mexican League in 2012. Now 30 years old, Alfaro had a big year with Oaxaca in 2013, logging a 2.71 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 53 appearances while ranking second in the ML with 26 saves and (among relievers) strikeout rate (12.0 SO/9) and opponent average (.204).

Signed for four years and $6 million in August 2010 after he defected from Cuba, Yunesky Maya did not live up to his billing as a potential mid-rotation arm, making just 16 appearances (10 starts) in parts of three seasons with the Nationals. In four seasons and 76 starts with Triple-A Syracuse, he logged a 4.13 ERA with strong control (2.1 BB/9) and feel to mix and match four pitches. Maya is now listed at age 32 and could make a decent buy-low candidate for an organization seeking pitching depth.