Minor League Transactions: Nov. 22-28

Minor League TransactionsOfficial minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Nov. 22-28.

The BA Minor League Free Agent Tracker has 2014 organizations for more than 160 players.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Adam Russell, RHP Jess Todd, C Bobby Wilson
Elected free agency: LHP Tony Sipp
Removed from 40-man: LHP Tony Sipp (outrighted to Triple-A)

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Ryan Kelly, C Matt Kennelly, OF Derrick Mitchell

A solid track record at Double-A, plus a firm fastball/slider combination, made 26-year-old reliever Ryan Kelly an attractive target on the minor league free agent market. He sits in the low 90s and throws a tight slider in the high 80s, using them in concert to strike out 8.0 and walk 3.3 batters per nine innings over 76 career appearances at Double-A San Antonio. Kelly also has an interesting transactional history, which ranges from draft-and-follow signee by the Pirates in 2007 to three separate minor trades—to the Athletics for Corey Wimberly in 2010, to the Rangers for Guillermo Moscoso in 2011 and to the Padres for Luis Martinez later in 2011. In other words, pro scouts have been at least mildly intrigued by Kelly’s upside for years.

Baltimore Orioles
Traded:
RHP Devin Jones to Padres for RHP Brad Brach

Boston Red Sox
Traded:
LHP Luis Ortega to Brewers for RHP Burke Badenhop

Chicago Cubs
Signed:
OF Darnell McDonald (re-signed)

Darnell McDonald, the esteemed 35-year-old veteran, played well as a part-time corner outfielder for the Cubs this season (113 OPS+ in 25 games), and he re-signed with the organization on a minor league deal. For his career, he has hit .285/.353/.453 in 463 plate appearances versus big league lefthanders, and with a good spring training McDonald could win a part-time role with Chicago.

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Jairo Asencio, OF Denis Phipps

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
LHP Mike Zagurski

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
LHP Carlos Hernandez
Removed from 40-man: OF Tim Wheeler (outrighted to Triple-A)

Strong control and a quality changeup helped 26-year-old Carlos Hernandez go 7-7, 2.18 in 25 appearances at Double-A Midland in the Athletics system this season.

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
RHP Eduardo Sanchez, LHP Patrick McCoy, 1B Mike Hessman

Mike Hessman will be 36 next season, but he’s still cranking out home runs at the Triple-A level, including 25 this year at Louisville and 35 the year before at Oklahoma City. The well-traveled slugger, who won the International League MVP award in 2007 with the Tigers’ Toledo affiliate, will take aim at 400 career homers in the domestic minors in 2014. Hessman has gone deep 389 times in the affiliated minors, adding 14 more homers in the U.S. majors and six in the Japanese majors.

Furthermore, Hessman can tie the IL’s career home-run record if he connects for 14 blasts with Toledo next season. He’s sitting on 244, trailing the total of 258 accumulated by Ollie Carnegie, who played for Buffalo in 1931-41 and in 1945.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
3B Brandon Laird
Removed from 40-man: LHP Noel Arguelles (outrighted to Triple-A)

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Mike Monster

Mike Monster turned down the Reds in 2009 as a 25th-round pick out of high school in Kelowna, B.C., but four years later the Angels clocked him at 97 mph during a tryout and inked him to a deal.

Milwaukee Brewers
Traded:
RHP Burke Badenhop to Red Sox for LHP Luis Ortega

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Jon Velasquez (Camden (Atlantic))

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Miguel Socolovich (Hiroshima (Japan))
Removed from 40-man: RHP Hansel Robles (outrighted to Triple-A)

The Mets found a useful arm in Carlos Torres, who notched a 3.44 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 86 innings for the big club this season, two years after pitching in Japan. They hope lightning strikes twice with the signing of 27-year-old Miguel Socolovich, a power-armed reliever who pitched in the Cubs and Orioles systems in 2o12.

New York Yankees
Signed:
OF Russ Canzler

The International League MVP in 2011, first baseman/left fielder Russ Canzler has punished Triple-A lefthanders the past three seasons, batting .307/.390/.531 in 433 plate appearances, with 17 home runs and strong walk (12 percent) and strikeout (18 percent) in rates. He turns 28 next season.

Oakland Athletics
Traded:
OF John Wooten to Nationals for LHP Fernando Abad

Right fielder John Wooten, a righthanded batter, hit .257/.333/.430 with 20 homers in 133 games at low Class A Beloit this season. A 37th-round pick from East Carolina in 2012, he has fringe-average or better tools across the board and ranked fourth in the Midwest League home-run race in 2013.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Marek Minarik (released by Phillies, March 23), C Ralph Henriquez (Long Island (Atlantic))
Traded: OF Alex Dickerson to Padres for RHP Miles Mikolas and OF Jaff Decker

The Phillies released 6-foot-7 Czech righthander Marek Minarik in spring training following two seasons in the Gulf Coast League. He spent 2013 pitching in Czech Extraleague in his home country.

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
OF Carlos Luis

San Diego Padres
Traded:
RHP Brad Brach to Orioles for RHP Devin Jones
Traded: RHP Miles Mikolas and OF Jaff Decker to Pirates for OF Alex Dickerson

The Padres designated four players for assignment on Nov. 20 to make room for 40-man roster additions Juan Oramas, Donn Roach and Keyvius Sampson, plus free agent Josh Johnson. San Diego lost lefty Jose De Paula on a waiver claim to the Giants, but they were able to trade the other three players—Brad Brach, Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas—in deals with the Orioles and Pirates. Both of the players the Padres acquired finished the season in the Double-A Eastern League. Both are 23.

Alex Dickerson batted .288/.337/.494 and ranked second in the EL with 36 doubles and 56 extra-base hits in 2013. The physical lefthanded hitter has a chance to hit for average and power—perhaps .260 with 12-15 homers—while playing passable defense in right field or at first base.

Despite leading the EL in runs allowed (95) and serving up 17 homers in 24 starts, Devin Jones has three pitches that border on average, with control strong enough to make him a bullpen candidate in the future.

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP Stephen Shackleford (re-signed)

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Luis Nunez

Texas Rangers
Signed:
LHP Yonelvy Pichardo

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Kelvin Perez
Traded: LHP Fernando Abad to Athletics for OF John Wooten
Removed from 40-man: LHP Tyler Robertson (outrighted to Triple-A)