Transactions involving minor league players for the period Sept. 16-29. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.
All the “re-signed” players in this installment chose to re-up with their organization for 2018 rather than test minor league free agency. This year’s minor league free agent class will be determined five days after the World Series ends.
Signed: C Michael Perez (re-signed)
Released: RHP Mitchell Aker | RHP Nick Baker | RHP Gabe Gonzalez | RHP Pierce Romero | RHP Trevor Simms | RHP Tucker Ward | RHP Taylor Wright | LHP Brady Muller | 2B Joel Novas | SS Chaz Meadows
Catcher Michael Perez, the D-backs’ 2011 fifth-round pick out of high school, turned 25 this summer, just in time for his bat to show signs of life at Double-A Jackson. The lefthanded batter hit .279/.365/.424 (career high 130 wRC+) in 80 games and drew praise as the best defensive catcher in Southern League in Best Tools balloting.
Perez re-signed with Arizona rather than test the minor league free agent waters, and he will continue his climb to the big leagues in 2018 at Triple-A Reno.
The Braves added $1.75 million in international bonus pool money by trading Connor Joe to the Dodgers and Randy Ventura to the Reds. This despite the fact that Atlanta is forbidden from signing any international amateur for more than $300,000 until the 2018 signing period begins on July 2. At that point they will be subject to a new bonus pool, and their current pool ($6.5 million) will be irrelevant.
Signed: C Armando Araiza (re-signed) | 1B Ryan Ripken (re-signed) | SS Erick Salcedo (re-signed)
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Tanner Scott
Removed from 40-man: RHP Richard Rodriguez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Jesus Liranzo | LHP Keegan Akin | LHP Luis Gonzalez | 3B Ryan Mountcastle
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Jordan Weems (re-signed)
Signed: RHP Justin Hancock (re-signed)
The Reds succeeded in sneaking 2013 first-rounder D.J. Peterson through waivers and removing him from the 40-man roster. His minor league contract can be renewed for 2018 and 2019. The Mariners, his drafting team, and White Sox, the first team to claim him on waivers, had previously tried to outright him.
Signed: LHP Anderson Polanco (re-signed)
Signed: RHP Cody Gunter (released by Nationals, June 6)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Stetson Allie (re-signed) | RHP Daniel Corcino (re-signed) | LHP Brian Moran (re-signed) | LHP Jason Richman (re-signed) | OF Blake Gailen (re-signed)
Acquired: OF Connor Joe from Braves for international bonus pool money ($500,000)
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Tim Locastro
Removed from 40-man: SS Yadiel Rivera (outrighted to Triple-A)
Released: OF Roni Tapia
New York Mets
Released: C Jeff Glenn
New York Yankees
Signed: C Francisco Diaz (re-signed)
Signed: C Beau Taylor (re-signed)
Signed: 3B Mitch Walding (re-signed)
Third baseman Mitch Walding popped a career-high 25 home runs at Double-A Reading to rank fourth in the Eastern League. The 2011 fifth-rounder out of high school has a nice lefthanded swing and is still 25, so he represents nice organizational depth and perhaps more if he can improve on his .236 average.
Released: RHP Junior Lopez
San Diego Padres
Released: RHP Lou DiStasio | 2B Felipe Blanco
Added to 40-man roster: C Rocky Gale | 3B Christian Villanueva
Removed from 40-man: RHP Jose Valdez | SS Dusty Coleman (both outrighted to Triple-A)
Released: LHP Brad Mills
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Matt Festa | RHP Darin Gillies | RHP Max Povse | RHP Art Warren | 3B Joe DeCarlo | OF Braden Bishop | OF Eric Filia | OF Kyle Lewis