Transactions involving minor league players for the period Jan. 4-11. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.
Signed: RHP Taylor Grover (released by Red Sox, Aug. 23)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Luke Jackson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Chicago White Sox
Released: RHP Brandon Agar
Traded: 2B Jake Peter to Dodgers in three-team deal involving Royals and Dodgers in which White Sox acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Royals and LHP Luis Avilan from Dodgers
Signed: RHP Dylan Floro
Signed: LHP Keith Hessler (Somerset (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Tyler Hanson | RHP Ryan Luna | RHP Sam Thoele | RHP Ethan Westphal | LHP Brian Browning | LHP Kyle Cedotal | LHP Jorge Oviedo | LHP John Valek | 2B Jose Rodriguez | OF Tyler Bates
Venezuelan lefthander Liarvis Breto signed with the Mariners in 2012 at age 18 but advanced only as far as the Dominican Summer League before his release in 2016. The Tigers signed him following his appearance in the Venezuelan League this winter.
Breto, who turns 25 this year, led the VL with 37 relief appearances in which time he struck out 17, walked 11 and allowed 10 hits in 15.2 innings. Lefthanded batters went just 4-for-29 (.138) and managed all singles. Breto tacked on five more appearances in the VL playoffs.
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: 2B Jose Miguel Fernandez (released by Dodgers, Nov. 14)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Traded: RHP Trevor Oaks and SS Erick Mejia to Royals and LHP Luis Avilan to White Sox in three-team deal in which Dodgers acquired LHP Scott Alexander from Royals and 2B Jake Peter from White Sox
Signed: RHP Steve Geltz
Signed: RHP Bo Schultz
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: SS Ramon Urias (Mexico City (Mexican))
The Red Sox signed Mexican League middle infielder Esteban Quiroz earlier this offseason. Now, the Cardinals have signed 23-year-old middle infielder Ramon Urias coming off a season in which he hit .340/.433/.577 with 19 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 106 games for Mexico City.
Urias is a 5-foot-10 righthanded batter who ranked fifth in the Mexican League in on-base percentage, fourth in slugging, third with 51 extra-base hits and first with 91 runs. He previously had signed with the Rangers as a 16-year-old in 2010 before Texas sold him to Mexico City in 2013. Urias also logged 57 games in the winter Mexican Pacific League, hitting .319/.429/.413 in 213 at-bats.
Signed: RHP Christian Bergman (re-signed)
Assigned to Puerto Rican League: OF Yadiel Hernandez