In this action-packed installment of Minor League Transactions, the first big batch of minor league free agents sign contracts for 2016. Also included: a complete team-by-team review of all 107 players added to 40-man rosters for the express purpose of making them ineligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft, which takes place Dec. 10.
See also: Minor League Free Agent Tracker
Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Nov. 14-20.
Signed: RHP Kyle Drabek, RHP Edgar Garcia (re-signed), 2B Anthony Seratelli (Seibu (Japan)), 3B Carlos Rivero, SS Raul Navarro (re-signed), OF Kyle Jensen, OF Ericson Leonora
Traded: RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Phillies for RHP Sam McWilliams
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jake Barrett, RHP Matt Koch, OF Gabby Guerrero
Highlighting the Diamondbacks’ free agent haul are righthander Kyle Drabek, who throws a nice fastball/slider combo and has made himself into a fine groundball pitcher. He allowed just eight home runs in 24 starts at Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) in 2015 and finished with a 1.8 ground/fly ratio that ranked fourth among International League pitchers with at least 100 innings.
Corner outfielder Kyle Jensen hit 20 home runs at Triple-A Oklahoma City (Dodgers) and brings big righthanded power to the table. Third baseman Carlos Rivero has a track record for hitting lefthanders. He hit .296/.325/.447 (.772 OPS) in 2015 after recording an .876 OPS the year before.
Signed: RHP Joel de la Cruz, C Willians Astudillo, 1B Brandon Snyder, 3B Jordy Lara
Released: RHP Steve Borkowski, RHP Daniel Cordero, RHP Mitchell Osnowitz, 2B Ronny Guillermo
Traded: OF Cameron Maybin to Tigers for LHP Ian Krol and LHP Gabe Speier
Added to 40-man roster: RHP John Gant, OF Mallex Smith
Both Jordy Lara and Brandon Snyder can play third base (but are better suited to first base), and both righthanded batters can punish lefties. They will see time at the infield corners and DH at Triple-A Gwinnett—or possibly the big leagues if things break in their favor.
Signed: C Zach Booker (re-signed), C Shawn McGill (re-signed), C Pedro Perez (re-signed), C Joel Polanco (re-signed), 2B Steven Tolleson
Released: RHP Nick Cunningham, SS Jared Breen
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Parker Bridwell, RHP Andrew Triggs, LHP Chris Lee
Boston Red Sox
Elected free agency: RHP Anthony Varvaro
Removed from 40-man: RHP Anthony Varvaro (outrighted to Triple-A)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Pat Light, LHP Williams Jerez, SS Marco Hernandez
Signed: RHP Drew Rucinski, LHP Jeffry Antigua (re-signed)
Traded: SS Frandy de la Rosa to Rangers for RHP Spencer Patton
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Pierce Johnson, C Willson Contreras, 1B Dan Vogelbach, 3B Jeimer Candelario
Chicago White Sox
Signed: RHP Colin Kleven, RHP Matt Lollis, C Chadd Krist, OF Scott Hairston (did not play in 2015)
Released: RHP Jose Brito
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Brennan, RHP J.B. Wendelken
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Stephen Johnson, RHP Sal Romano, RHP Robert Stephenson
Signed: C Martin Cervenka (re-signed), C Adam Moore (re-signed), SS Michael Martinez (re-signed), OF Shane Robinson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Dylan Baker, RHP Mike Clevinger, LHP Shawn Morimando, OF Tyler Naquin, OF James Ramsey
Signed: RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Carlos Hernandez (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Estevez, RHP Antonio Senzatela, SS Trevor Story, OF Raimel Tapia
Traded: LHP Ian Krol and LHP Gabe Speier to Braves for OF Cameron Maybin
Traded: 2B Javier Betancourt to Brewers for RHP Francisco Rodriguez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Montreal Robertson, LHP Jairo Labourt
Traded: SS Jonathan Villar to Brewers for RHP Cy Sneed
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jandel Gustave, RHP Juan Minaya, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP David Paulino, C Alfredo Gonzalez, SS Nolan Fontana, OF Andrew Aplin
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Roman Colon (re-signed), RHP Enderson Rodriguez, C J.C. Boscan (re-signed), C Ryan Eigsti (re-signed), 3B Dennicher Carrasco, SS Angel Franco (re-signed)
Released: LHP Cruz Guevara, LHP Wandy Rodriguez, 1B David Wood, OF Brawlun Gomez
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alec Mills, RHP Kyle Zimmer, LHP Matt Strahm, SS Ramon Torres, OF Brett Eibner, OF Bubba Starling
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: C Cam Gallagher
Los Angeles Angels
Signed: LHP Edward Paredes (York (Atlantic))
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Victor Alcantara
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Adrian Salcedo, RHP Matt West (re-signed), C Shawn Zarraga (re-signed), 2B Charlie Culberson, OF Jeff Malm
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Ross Stripling
Among the Dodgers’ free agent imports are long-time Twins prospect Adrian Salcedo, an athletic, 24-year-old righthander who has a track record for missing bats and generating groundballs. Also, utility infielder Charlie Culberson, a sandwich pick in 2007, plays second base, shortstop, third base and left field and has hit .283/.315/.468 in 900 at-bats at the Triple-A level.
Signed: C Francisco Arcia, OF Destin Hood, OF Junior Sosa, OF Kenny Wilson (re-signed)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Matt Ramsey (outrighted to Triple-A)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Austin Brice, RHP Jake Esch, RHP Nick Wittgren, LHP Jarlin Garcia
Center fielder Kenny Wilson returns to the Marlins after turning in a fine campaign at Double-A Jacksonville in 2015. He ranked second in the Southern League with 37 steals and 77 runs scored. The Marlins further fortified their outfield depth by signing 25-year-old Destin Hood, a righthanded-hitting corner outfielder with nice power, particularly versus lefties.
Signed: RHP Jim Miller, C Rene Garcia, SS Hernan Perez (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Tigers for 2B Javier Betancourt
Traded: RHP Cy Sneed to Astros for SS Jonathan Villar
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jacob Barnes, RHP Damien Magnifico, SS Orlando Arcia
Signed: OF Shannon Wilkerson (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP J.T. Chargois, RHP Yorman Landa, LHP Pat Dean, LHP Mason Melotakis, LHP Taylor Rogers, LHP Randy Rosario, OF Adam Brett Walker
New York Mets
Signed: 2B Ty Kelly
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Jeff Walters, OF Brandon Nimmo
New York Yankees
Signed: RHP Spencer Mahoney (Gary (American Association)), C Kyle Higashioka (re-signed)
Released: C Rainiero Coa
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Rookie Davis, OF Ben Gamel
Signed: RHP Eduard Santos, RHP Chris Smith, C Carson Blair (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jose Torres, 2B Joey Wendle
Signed: RHP Frank Herrmann, LHP James Russell, 2B Angelys Nina, SS Ryan Jackson
Traded: RHP Sam McWilliams to Diamondbacks for RHP Jeremy Hellickson
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jimmy Cordero, RHP Edubray Ramos, OF Roman Quinn
Signed: RHP Curtis Partch, OF Danny Ortiz
Sold to Mexican League: LHP Omar Basulto (Mexico City)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tyler Glasnow, 1B Josh Bell, 2B Max Moroff, OF Harold Ramirez
Lefthanded-hitting center fielder Danny Ortiz can impact the ball—he ranked fifth in the International League with 51 extra-base hits in 2015 while at Triple-A Rochester—though he never has been much of an on-base threat.
St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: RHP Deck McGuire, C Eric Fryer
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Dean Kiekhefer, SS Aledmys Diaz, OF Charlie Tilson
San Diego Padres
Signed: RHP Juan Arias (re-signed), RHP Martires Arias, RHP Luis Diaz, RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Daniel McCutchen (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jose Rondon, OF Manuel Margot
Johnny Hellweg has struggled to come back from Tommy John surgery that wiped out most of his 2014. He went just 1-10, 6.05 in 16 starts in the Brewers system in 2015, though if he can throw enough strikes, he has potential as a two-pitch reliever. Fellow 6-foot-7 righthander Martires Arias spent the 2015 season as a 24-year-old at low Class A Savannah, but on the bright side, he ranked seventh in the South Atlantic League with 110 strikeouts.
San Francisco Giants
Signed: RHP Albert Suarez, LHP Ricky Romero (re-signed), SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Junior Arias, OF Carlos Moncrief
Released: RHP E.J. Encinosa, LHP Nick Gonzalez, LHP Drew Leenhouts, LHP Eric Sim
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Clayton Blackburn, RHP Kyle Crick, RHP Ian Gardeck, RHP Jake Smith, RHP Chris Stratton, LHP Ty Blach, LHP Adalberto Mejia, LHP Steven Okert
Righthander Albert Suarez very nearly won the Texas League pitching triple crown at Double-A Arkansas (Angels) in 2015, going 11-9, 2.98 and ranking second with 121 strikeouts.
Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee once flashed all-around potential, but he has hit just .226 in 673 at-bats at the Triple-A level. One wonders what might have been had he not suffered torn ligaments in his knee while at Durham in 2013.
Signed: RHP Kyle Schepel (re-signed), OF Arby Fields (re-signed)
Released: RHP Jefferson Arias, RHP Yohailys Millord, RHP Grady Wood, RHP Gianni Zayas, LHP Scott DeCecco, LHP Cameron Hobson, 1B Yordyn Calderon, SS Julius Gaines, OF Hersin Martinez, OF Guillermo Pimentel, OF Taylor Zeutenhorst
Added to 40-man roster: OF Patrick Kivlehan, OF Boog Powell
Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel pulled down $2 million when he signed as an international amateur out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. After a fast start to his career, his bat has stalled, and he hit just .251/.304/.410 in six pro seasons, mostly at the Class A level.
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Oliver Batista, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, C Wilmer Dominguez (re-signed), OF Yunior Martinez
Removed from 40-man: RHP Burch Smith, LHP Grayson Garvin (both players outrighted to Triple-A)
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jacob Faria, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, RHP German Marquez, LHP Blake Snell, OF Taylor Motter
Signed: RHP Jefri Hernandez (re-signed)
Traded: RHP Spencer Patton to Cubs for SS Frandy de la Rosa
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jose Leclerc, RHP Connor Sadzeck, LHP Yohander Mendez, OF Nomar Mazara
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Murphy Smith (re-signed), C Humberto Quintero, 2B David Adams, SS Jio Mier
Released: LHP Brandon Hinkle
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brady Dragmire, RHP Blake McFarland
The Blue Jays addressed system middle-infield depth by signing glove-first shortstop Jio Mier, who flashed a bit of power and patience at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2015, and bat-first second baseman David Adams.
Signed: RHP Nick Conner, LHP Sean Burnett (did not play in 2015), 2B Scott Sizemore (re-signed), OF Logan Schafer
Elected free agency: RHP David Carpenter
Removed from 40-man: RHP David Carpenter (outrighted to Triple-A)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Nick Lee, C Spencer Kieboom, 2B Chris Bostick