Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Dec. 10-22.
Signed: RHP Matt Buschmann, RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP Julio Perez, RHP Paul Smyth (Wichita (American Association)), RHP Tim Stauffer, LHP Scott Rice, SS Joaquin Arias, OF Jason Bourgeois
Signed: 1B Nate Freiman (released by Athletics, Dec. 13), SS Sean Kazmar (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Ryne Harper to Mariners as player to be named for RHP Jose Ramirez
Traded: C Christian Bethancourt to Padres for RHP Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez
Removed from 40-man: OF Dian Toscano (outrighted to Triple-A)
Six-foot-eight first baseman Nate Freiman owns a career .279/.326/.470 batting line (.191 isolated slugging, 17 percent strikeouts) versus big league lefthanders. He and fellow offseason imports Jorday Lara and Brandon Snyder could be on the Braves’ radar if they have room on the roster for a righthanded-hitting corner bat in 2015.
Signed: RHP Bobby Bundy (re-signed), RHP Terry Doyle (re-signed), OF Xavier Avery, OF Alfredo Marte
Acquired: C Zach Kapstein from Red Sox for cash
By signing Xavier Avery to a minor league deal, the Orioles have reunited their top three picks from the 2008 draft. Lefty reliever Brian Matusz, selected fourth overall, has played for no other organization but Baltimore, while center fielder Avery, who recorded a .343 on-base percentage at three Triple-A stops in 2015, and left fielder L.J. Hoes were the Orioles’ second- and third-round picks. Hoes re-joined the Orioles in November when they purchased him from the Astros.
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Anthony Varvaro (re-signed), C Ali Solis, 3B Chris Dominguez, OF Ryan LaMarre (non-tendered by Reds), OF Rainel Rosario (Hiroshima (Japan))
Released: RHP Carlos Caceres, RHP Kyle Kraus, RHP Taylor Nunez, RHP Carlos Pinales, RHP Jalen Williams, LHP Mike Adams, LHP Michael Gunn, LHP Randy Perez, C Alex McKeon, 1B David Chester, 1B Darwin Pena, 1B Cisco Tellez, 2B Hector Lorenzana, 3B Aneudis Peralta, OF Kevin Heller
Traded: C Zach Kapstein to Orioles for cash
Rainel Rosario, a 27-year-old, righthanded-hitting corner outfielder from the Dominican Republic, played in the Cardinals system from 2006 to 2012, reaching Double-A Springfield, then spent two years in the Japanese majors in 2014 and 2015. He hit .309/.370/.503 with 16 homers in 111 games in two seasons with Hiroshima.
Signed: RHP Fernando Cruz (re-signed), RHP Stephen Fife (did not play in 2015), RHP Brandon Gomes, RHP Jean Machi, RHP Miguel Mejia (Seibu (Japan)), LHP Scott Barnes, LHP Luis Cruz (released by Astros, Nov. 19), LHP Jack Leathersich (re-signed after being non-tendered), OF Kelly Dugan, OF Juan Perez
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Josh Wall, C Hector Sanchez (non-tendered by Giants)
Traded: RHP Myles Jaye to Rangers for LHP Will Lamb
Traded: RHP Frankie Montas, 2B Micah Johnson and OF Trayce Thompson to Dodgers as part of three-team deal in which Dodgers traded 2B Brandon Dixon, 2B Jose Peraza and OF Scott Schebler to Reds, and Reds traded 3B Todd Frazier to White Sox
The White Sox parted with control-oriented Double-A starter Myles Jaye to acquire lefty reliever Will Lamb, who spent the second half of 2015 at Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers system. On the season, he allowed lefthanded batters to hit just .210 with just three-extra-base hits and 22 percent strikeouts.
Released: RHP Shane Crouse, RHP Pedro Damian, RHP Joe Mantoni, RHP Tyler Parmenter, RHP Damian Taveras, LHP Chad Jones, LHP Jacob Moody, OF Nick Benedetto
Traded: 3B Todd Frazier to White Sox as part of three-team deal in which White Sox traded RHP Frankie Montas, 2B Micah Johnson and OF Trayce Thompson to Dodgers, and Dodgers traded 2B Brandon Dixon, 2B Jose Peraza and OF Scott Schebler to Reds
Signed: RHP Jarrett Grube (re-signed), OF Robbie Grossman (released by Astros, Nov. 19)
Signed: RHP Brock Huntzinger, LHP Yohan Flande (re-signed after being non-tendered), LHP Jason Gurka (re-signed after being non-tendered), C Cameron Garfield (Rockford (Frontier)), OF Alex Castellanos (Yomiuri (Japan))
Released: C Elvin Paulino
Signed: RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Melvin Mercedes (re-signed), RHP Dustin Molleken, RHP Thad Weber (re-signed), LHP Drake Britton, SS Alberto Gonzalez (re-signed), OF Nate Schierholtz (Hiroshima (Japan)), OF Jordany Valdespin (released by Marlins, Aug. 4)
Released: RHP Jake Brigham
Traded: RHP Mark Appel, RHP Harold Arauz, RHP Thomas Eshelman, RHP Vincent Velasquez and LHP Brett Oberholtzer to Phillies for RHP Ken Giles and SS Jonathan Arauz
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Adriam Castillo, RHP Jeisson Fana, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Benino Pruneda (re-signed), LHP John Lannan
Released: C Roberto Tovar
Los Angeles Angels
Traded: RHP Michael Brady and RHP Trevor Gott to Nationals for 3B Yunel Escobar
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (re-signed after being non-tendered), RHP Daniel Corcino (re-signed), RHP Kaohi Downing (Trois-Rivieres (Can-Am)), 2B Elian Herrera (non-tendered by Brewers), OF Alex Hassan, OF Rico Noel
Traded: 2B Brandon Dixon, 2B Jose Peraza and OF Scott Schebler to Reds as part of three-team deal in which Reds traded 3B Todd Frazier to White Sox, and White Sox traded RHP Frankie Montas, 2B Micah Johnson and OF Trayce Thompson to Dodgers
Signed: RHP Hunter Adkins (re-signed), RHP Dylan Axelrod, LHP Troy Patton, 1B Dan Black (KT Wiz (Korea)), SS Robert Andino (Somerset (Atlantic)), SS Peter Mooney (New Jersey (Can-Am)), OF Dex Kjerstad (Amarillo (American Association))
Released: RHP Ronny Fermin, 1B Luis Munoz
Signed: RHP Tim Dillard (re-signed), LHP Nick Hagadone, 2B Jake Elmore, 3B Will Middlebrooks (non-tendered by Padres), OF Alex Presley
Traded: 1B Jason Rogers to Pirates for RHP Trey Supak and OF Keon Broxton
Signed: RHP Raul Fernandez, RHP Brandon Kintzler, RHP David Martinez, RHP Marcus Walden (Lancaster (Atlantic)), LHP Fernando Abad, LHP Buddy Boshers (Somerset (Atlantic)), C Jose Ortiz (released by Reds, July 18), SS Leonardo Reginatto, SS Wilfredo Tovar, OF Keury de la Cruz, OF Darin Mastroianni, OF Ryan Sweeney (did not play in 2015)
Released: RHP Ethan Mildren, RHP Greg Peavey, RHP Stephen Pryor, C Michael Quesada, OF Jason Kanzler
New York Mets
Signed: RHP Buddy Carlyle (re-signed), LHP Andrew Barbosa, LHP Duane Below (Yokohama (Japan)), OF Marc Krauss (released by Tigers, Aug. 21)
A Diamondbacks second-round pick in 2009, Marc Krauss owns a walk-heavy .268/.381/.424 batting line at the Triple-A level in parts of four seasons, but he has failed to gain a foothold in the majors, batting .188 in parts of three seasons and recording a meager 18 adjusted-OPS+ in trials with the Angels, Rays and Tigers in 2015.
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Domingo German (re-signed after being non-tendered), RHP Vinnie Pestano, LHP Richard Bleier, C Sebastian Valle, SS Jose Rosario (re-signed), OF Cesar Puello (released by Mets, Aug. 19), OF Juan Silva
The Mets released right fielder Cesar Puello in August after he had spent virtually all season on the disabled list with a back issue. He turned in two poor seasons after a breakthrough performance in 2013 that saw him record a .950 OPS at Double-A Binghamton. Puello might have reached the majors that September had he not been suspended for 50 games because of his entanglement in the Biogenesis scandal that August. He is the only one of the 14 players linked to Biogenesis (full list in this document) who has not reached the majors.
The 25-year-old Puello played in the Dominican League this offseason, batting .256/.347/.302 with one extra-base hit in 25 games.
Released: C Seong Min Kim, 1B Nate Freiman
Signed: RHP Greg Infante, RHP Edward Mujica, C J.P. Arencibia (released by Rays, Nov. 23)
Traded: RHP Ken Giles and SS Jonathan Arauz to Astros for RHP Mark Appel, RHP Harold Arauz, RHP Thomas Eshelman, RHP Vincent Velasquez and LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Traded: RHP David Whitehead to Pirates for RHP Charlie Morton
Signed: OF Antoan Richardson
Traded: RHP Charlie Morton to Phillies for RHP David Whitehead
Traded: RHP Trey Supak and OF Keon Broxton to Brewers for 1B Jason Rogers
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: RHP Jeremy Hefner (did not play in 2015)
Released: RHP Juan Bautista, RHP Anderson Gerdel, RHP Zach Petrick, LHP Ismael Brito, LHP Steve Sabatino, OF Jimmy Bosco
San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Fabio Castillo (Laguna (Mexican)), RHP Jose Dominguez, RHP Adam Lopez (Southern Illinois (Frontier)), RHP Brandon Morrow (re-signed), RHP Carlos Pimentel
Traded: RHP Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez to Braves for C Christian Bethancourt
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Nestor Molina (Joplin (American Association)), OF Robbie Garvey (released by Dodgers, Aug. 28)
Signed: RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Blake Parker, LHP Brad Mills, 2B Ed Lucas, OF Mike Baxter
Acquired: RHP Ryne Harper from Braves as player to be named for RHP Jose Ramirez
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: LHP Dana Eveland (released by Orioles, Sept. 16), 1B Kyle Roller (released by Yankees, Oct. 26)
Signed: RHP Matt Bush (did not play in 2015), RHP Jose Monegro (re-signed), RHP Chad Smith (re-signed), C Alex Burg (re-signed), C Carlos Maldonado (did not play in 2015), C Kevin Torres (re-signed), SS Edwin Garcia (re-signed), OF James Jones (re-signed after being non-tendered)
Traded: LHP Will Lamb to White Sox for RHP Myles Jaye
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft, Matt Bush spent three and a half years imprisoned in Mayo, Fla., until gaining his release on Oct. 30. You can read more about the reason for his incarceration, his “renewal” and the reason the Rangers showed interest in this MLB.com piece.
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Scott Copeland (re-signed), RHP Bobby Doran (Kansas City (American Association)), RHP Gabe Noyalis (NDFA—Misericordia (Pa.)), RHP Brad Penny, LHP Brandon Bixler (Bridgeport (Atlantic)), LHP Wade LeBlanc (Seibu (Japan)), LHP Pat McCoy
Gabe Noyalis is far from the typical nondrafted free agent. He had not played competitively since his sophomore year in 2012 at NCAA Division III Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. Noyalis impressed the Blue Jays in a workout to earn his minor league contract.
Signed: RHP Tim Alderson (re-signed), RHP Nick Masset (released by Braves, July 7), RHP Andrew Robinson, RHP San Runion (re-signed), RHP Stephen Shackleford, RHP Jon Velasquez, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Brian Jeroloman (re-signed), 1B Marquez Smith, 2B Cutter Dykstra (re-signed), OF Zach Collier (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Traded: 3B Yunel Escobar to Angels for RHP Michael Brady and RHP Trevor Gott