The Diamondbacks sign another talented Cuban import, while the Giants, Nationals and White Sox bring back John Bowker, Kila Ka’aihue and Jairo Asencio from the Far East.
Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 16-22.
Signed: RHP Yoan Lopez
Released: RHP Jonathan Pulley
The Diamondbacks signed 21-year-old Cuban righthander Yoan Lopez for an $8.25 million bonus, a signing that affects Arizona’s ability to sign premium talent this year when they will have the largest international bonus pool in the game.
Signed: RHP David Carpenter, LHP Wandy Rodriguez (released by Pirates, May 30), LHP Dail Villanueva (released by Cardinals, July 9, 2013), 3B Kelly Johnson
Traded: LHP Daniel Rodriguez to Orioles for cash
Removed from 40-man: SS Tyler Pastornicky (outrighted to Triple-A)
Three weeks after trading righthanded reliever David Carpenter to the Yankees as part of the package for prospect lefty Manny Banuelos, the Braves signed the other righthanded reliever David Carpenter, who elected free agency from the Angels in September.
Signed: SS Sharlon Schoop (re-signed), OF Jake Luce (Wichita (American Association))
Acquired: LHP Daniel Rodriguez from Braves for cash
Removed from 40-man: C Ryan Lavarnway (outrighted to Triple-A)
Signed out of the Mexican League by the Braves in August 2012, Daniel Rodriguez advanced directly to Triple-A Gwinnett upon joining affiliated ball. The 30-year-old lefthander missed plenty of bats in 2014 (8.0 strikeouts per nine innings) but went just 6-13, 5.04 in 29 games (21 starts). Rodriguez, whom the Orioles purchased from the Braves, spots three different pitch types for strikes from multiple arm angles but lacks anything resembling a plus pitch.
Boston Red Sox
Signed: LHP Matt Hoffman, C Humberto Quintero
Released: RHP Josh Davis, RHP Zak Hermans, RHP Yao-Lin Wang, LHP Alberto Diaz, LHP Nathan Dorris, C Lance Rymel, C Antonio Valerio
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Jairo Asencio (Kia (Korea)), RHP Scott Carroll (non-tendered by White Sox), 2B Drew Garcia, OF Engel Beltre
Jairo Asencio signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for 2014, too, but he decided to spend the year in Korea instead. He saved 20 games in 46 appearances for Kia, striking out 56 in 47 innings.
Engel Beltre plays terrific defense in center field, but he missed most of 2014 with a broken leg and didn’t hit much even when healthy, batting .262/.310/.379 in eight minor league seasons with the Red Sox and Rangers.
Signed: RHP Jason Marquis (released by Phillies, Aug. 31)
Signed: 2B Angelys Nina (re-signed)
Released: RHP Kyle Simon
The Rockies release reliever Kyle Simon after selecting him last December in the minor league Rule 5 draft.
Released: RHP Cesar Burgos, RHP Yorfrank Lopez, OF Samuel Crafort
Traded: C Carlos Corporan to Rangers for RHP Akeem Bostick
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Ryan Madson (did not play in 2014), RHP Benino Pruneda (released by Braves, Dec. 18), SS Dusty Coleman
A solid defensive shortstop with a light bat, Dusty Coleman led the Texas League in assists, total chances and double plays at Double-A Midland in 2014. The Wichita State product has hit just .229/.311/.384 in three full seasons at Midland in the Athletics system.
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Ryan Mattheus
Released: RHP Ray Hanson, RHP Yoslan Herrera
The Angels released Yoslan Herrera so that he can sign with Yokohama in Japan.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Ben Rowen (released by Rangers, Dec. 19), LHP Erik Bedard (released by Rays, Aug. 3), LHP David Huff (non-tendered by Yankees), 3B Jarek Cunningham
Signed: RHP Juan Guzman (released by Orioles, March 24), RHP Vin Mazzaro, LHP Stone Speer (released by Rays, Oct. 21), 3B Don Kelly (released by Tigers, Oct. 31), OF Tim Fedroff
Released: RHP Justin Hepner, RHP Mason Hope, RHP Yeims Mendoza, RHP Brad Mincey, RHP Nelson Zulueta, LHP Hayden Fox, LHP Charlie Lowell, LHP Will White, 2B Jonathan Richards, 3B Juan Avila, OF Kevin Grove, OF Coco Johnson, OF Wildert Pujols
Signed: LHP Dontrelle Willis (Bridgeport (Atlantic))
Traded: RHP Yovani Gallardo and cash to Rangers for RHP Marcos Diplan, RHP Corey Knebel and SS Luis Sardinas
Signed: OF Edgar Corcino (Rockford (Frontier))
New York Yankees
Signed: C Eddy Rodriguez
Signed: C Luke Carlin, OF Matt Angle (released by Marlins, Aug. 2)
Removed from 40-man: SS Andy Parrino (outrighted to Triple-A)
Released: RHP Michael Clemens
San Diego Padres
Released: RHP Max Beatty, RHP Cory Bostjancic, RHP Erik Cabrera, RHP Coby Cowgill, RHP Josh Richardson
San Francisco Giants
Signed: OF John Bowker (Rakuten (Japan))
A Giants third-round pick out of Long Beach State in 2004, John Bowker made his big league deal with San Francisco in 2008 and received callups for four straight seasons through 2011 before jumping to Japan in 2012. The first baseman/left fielder hit for solid power for Yomiuri and Rakuten in Nippon Professional Baseball, batting .239 and slugging .420 in 669 at-bats in three seasons.
Signed: SS Shawn O’Malley (released by Angels, Dec. 19)
Removed from 40-man: LHP Anthony Fernandez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: LHP Everett Teaford (LG Twins (Korea))
Signed: LHP Juan Perez (released by Blue Jays, March 23)
Traded: RHP Akeem Bostick to Astros for C Carlos Corporan
Traded: RHP Marcos Diplan, RHP Corey Knebel and SS Luis Sardinas to Brewers for RHP Yovani Gallardo and cash
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: 2B Munenori Kawasaki (re-signed), OF Andy Dirks (non-tendered by Blue Jays)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Cory Burns (outrighted to Triple-A)
Signed: RHP Evan Meek, C Brian Jeroloman (re-signed), 1B Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima (Japan))
Released: RHP Pedro Encarnacion, LHP Elisaul Gomez, C Kyle Bacak
The 31-year-old Kila Ka’aihue’s power and patience translated from Triple-A ball to Japan’s Central League, where he hit .258/.358/.443 with 25 homers in 512 at-bats over two seasons with Hiroshima.