Minor League Transactions: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Sept. 26-Oct. 2.

• The first wave of free agents entered the marketplace on Oct. 1 as 43 players elected free agency, the majority of them under Article XX(D) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It reads in part:

“Any player who has at least three years of major league service, or who qualified as a "Super Two" player . . . and whose contract is assigned outright to a minor league club may elect, in lieu of accepting such assignment, to become a free agent. In the event that such a player with at least three years of major league service does not elect free agency in lieu of accepting such assignment, he may elect free agency between the end of the then current major league season and the next following Oct. 15, unless such player is returned to a major league roster prior to making such election.”

• The recalls in this installment are paperwork moves owing to the fact that, with the minor league season and playoffs concluded, players can no longer be sent on optional assignments. Think of these players as members of the 40-man roster who, for various reasons, did not receive September callups.

Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Seth Lintz (Laredo (American Association)), RHP Dustin Loggins (Kansas City (American Association)), RHP Jake Roberts (Windy City (Frontier)), LHP Sean Mahley (Schaumburg (Frontier)), OF Dan Bowman (Lake Erie (Frontier)), OF Steve McQuail (Schaumburg (Frontier))
Elected free agency: SS Josh Wilson
Recalled: RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Charles Brewer, RHP Zeke Spruill, LHP David Holmberg, LHP Joe Paterson, LHP Tyler Skaggs, OF Keon Broxton, OF Alfredo Marte
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Jake Barrett, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Matt Stites, LHP Andrew Chafin, 2B Mike Freeman, 3B Jake Lamb, SS Nick Ahmed

According to comments posted to this story, Jake Roberts hit 96 mph in a tryout after pitching only a handful of games for St. Joseph’s (Ind.), where he played mostly third base. He made 17 relief appearances in the Frontier League after going undrafted this year, striking out 11 and walking 13 in 22 innings.

Atlanta Braves
RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Juan Jaime, RHP Aaron Northcraft, 1B Ernesto Mejia, 2B Phil Gosselin, OF Todd Cunningham

Baltimore Orioles
Elected free agency:
RHP Jairo Asencio, C Taylor Teagarden
Recalled: RHP Dylan Bundy, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada
Reinstated from DL: LHP Elias Pinales, LHP Jorge Rivera

Boston Red Sox
Elected free agency:
RHP Alfredo Aceves
Reinstated from DL: 3B Jantzen Witte
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Keith Couch, RHP Noe Ramirez, RHP Pete Ruiz, LHP Miguel Pena, 1B Travis Shaw, 2B Mookie Betts, 3B Garin Cecchini, SS Derrik Gibson

Chicago Cubs
RHP Marcus Hatley (re-signed)
Elected free agency: RHP Michael Bowden, RHP Eduardo Sanchez
Recalled: RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Neil Ramirez, 3B Mike Olt, 3B Christian Villanueva, 3B Josh Vitters, OF Brett Jackson, OF Jorge Soler, OF Matt Szczur
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Matt Loosen, RHP Armando Rivero, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Wes Darvill, OF Albert Almora, OF Jorge Soler

Chicago White Sox
Elected free agency:
LHP Leyson Septimo, C Hector Gimenez
Removed from 40-man: C Miguel Gonzalez (outrighted to Triple-A)
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Stephen McCray, RHP Kevin Vance, LHP Charlie Leesman, 2B Micah Johnson, 2B Marcus Semien, OF Brandon Jacobs, OF Jared Mitchell

Cincinnati Reds
RHP Shane Dyer (re-signed), 3B Ray Chang (re-signed)
Released: RHP Robert Lewis-Walker, RHP Jesus Parra, 2B Yonatan Suero
Recalled: RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, LHP Ismael Guillon, OF Donald Lutz, OF Yorman Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: OF Jonathan Martijn

Cleveland Indians
Elected free agency:
RHP Joe Martinez
Recalled: RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Trey Haley, LHP T.J. House
Reinstated from DL: 3B Mike Giuffre
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Shawn Armstrong, RHP Trey Haley, RHP Jeff Johnson, RHP Will Roberts, C Jake Lowery, C Tony Wolters, 2B Joe Wendle, OF Tyler Naquin

Colorado Rockies
Elected free agency:
RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, OF Tyler Colvin
Recalled: SS Cristhian Adames, OF Rafael Ortega, OF Tim Wheeler
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Cole White

Tyler Colvin enjoyed a huge 2012 season, batting .290/.327/.531 with 18 homers in 136 games as the strong side of center- and right-field platoons for the Rockies. He hit just .160 in 27 games this year, his age-27 season, and spent most of his time at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Now, he’s a minor league free agent following his outright off the 40-man roster. Even so, the Rockies probably don’t have any regrets about the December 2011 trade that sent Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers to the Cubs for Colvin and second baseman D.J. LeMahieu.

Detroit Tigers
RHP Wilsen Palacios (re-signed)

Houston Astros
Elected free agency:
RHP Hector Ambriz, RHP Edgar Gonzalez, LHP Wade LeBlanc
Recalled: RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP John Ely, LHP Rudy Owens, OF Eric Thames
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Jonathan Singleton
Removed from 40-man: RHP Phil Humber, C Cody Clark, C Matt Pagnozzi, 3B Brandon Laird (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

The Astros elected to add Triple-A first baseman Jonathan Singleton to the 40-man roster on Oct. 2, thus shielding him from selection in this winter’s Rule 5 draft, but doing so at a time with no apparent impetus. The deadline to add Rule 5 eligibles, like Singleton, doesn’t arrive until Nov. 20, and no other organization has been as quick on the trigger this offseason. That includes the Astros, who haven’t yet added any of their other Rule 5 eligibles to the 40-man.

Kansas City Royals
RHP Andrew Durden, RHP Cory Hall, RHP Ryan Mattes, RHP Corey Rhoney, RHP Ben Tomchick, LHP Abel Gonzales, LHP Craig Rodriguez, C Jared Dyer, 1B Bobby Fisher-Brown, 2B Andrew Ayers, 3B Eric Duncan, 3B Jason Morales, OF Chris Sweeney
Recalled: RHP Maikel Cleto, LHP John Lamb, LHP Justin Marks, LHP Everett Teaford
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: LHP Noel Arguelles, OF Lane Adams

A 30th-round pick from Sacramento State this June, Andrew Ayers is one of the few active players whose name appears among the released players in this installment. Many of the others were on the restricted list at the time of their release.

Los Angeles Angels
Elected free agency:
RHP Billy Buckner, RHP Elvin Ramirez, RHP Daniel Stange, OF Scott Cousins
Recalled: LHP Nick Maronde, LHP Michael Roth, LHP Brandon Sisk, OF Travis Witherspoon
Reinstated from DL: RHP Grant Gordon, RHP Gabriel Perez, LHP Ivan Melo, C Enyelber Vivas, OF Chad Hinshaw
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP R.J. Alvarez, RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Michael Roth, C Jett Bandy, 1B C.J. Cron, 2B Taylor Lindsey, OF Zach Borenstein

Los Angeles Dodgers
Elected free agency:
C John Baker
Recalled: RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Matt Magill, SS Justin Sellers, OF Elian Herrera
Reinstated from DL: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP Garrett Bolt, RHP James Campbell, RHP Angel Castro, RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Carlos Frias, RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Gustavo Gomez, RHP Scott Griggs, RHP Mario Santiago, RHP Daniel Tamares, LHP Geison Aguasviva, LHP Ryan Christenson, LHP Jake Hermsen, LHP Julio Urias, C John Cannon, C Dashenko Ricardo, C Eric Smith, C J.R. Towles, C Jan Vazquez, 1B Sean Burroughs, 1B Paul Hoenecke, 2B Malcolm Holland, 3B Yensys Capellan, SS Delvis Morales, OF Ryan Mount

Miami Marlins
OF Alex Burg (re-signed)
Elected free agency: 2B Nick Green, 2B Chris Valaika, OF Jordan Brown
Recalled: RHP Steve Ames, RHP Josh Wall, LHP Edgar Olmos, C Kyle Skipworth, 1B Joe Mahoney, 2B Derek Dietrich, SS Gil Velazquez, OF Kyle Jensen
Reinstated from DL: 2B Luis Ortiz
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: SS Danny Black

Milwaukee Brewers
C Robinzon Diaz (re-signed)
Released: OF Eric Patterson
Elected free agency: LHP Chris Narveson, C Blake Lalli
Recalled: RHP Nick Bucci, RHP Hiram Burgos, RHP Jose de la Torre, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Santo Manzanillo, RHP Michael Olmsted, RHP Ariel Pena, RHP Jesus Sanchez, LHP Miguel de los Santos, OF Josh Prince
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Tyler Cravy, RHP David Goforth, RHP Taylor Jungmann, RHP Kevin Shackelford, OF Mitch Haniger

Minnesota Twins
Elected free agency:
RHP P.J. Walters
Removed from 40-man: RHP Cole DeVries, RHP Shairon Martis, RHP Josh Roenicke, OF Clete Thomas (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

New York Mets
RHP Hansel Robles, LHP Rob Carson, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Cesar Puello, OF Jordany Valdespin
Reinstated from DL: RHP Flabio Ortega
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Chase Bradford, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Cody Satterwhite, C Cam Maron, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez, OF Cory Vaughn

New York Yankees
RHP R.J. Johnson (released by Brewers, May 25, 2012), C Jose Gil (re-signed)
Released: RHP Roberto de la Rosa
Elected free agency: RHP Jim Miller, 2B Brent Lillibridge, SS Alberto Gonzalez
Recalled: RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Manny Banuelos, LHP Nik Turley, OF Ramon Flores
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Manny Banuelos, 3B Adam Silva, OF Fernando Martinez
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Brett Gerritse, LHP Freddy Lewis, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP James Pazos, C Peter O’Brien, OF Tyler Austin, OF Mason Williams

Oakland Athletics
Elected free agency:
RHP Fernando Nieve
Recalled: RHP Alex Leon, RHP Michael Ynoa, LHP Andrew Werner, OF Shane Peterson, OF Michael Taylor

Philadelphia Phillies
LHP Ryan Demmin (re-signed), C Justin Dalles (re-signed), 2B Albert Cartwright (re-signed), OF Jiwan James (re-signed)
Elected free agency: C Steve Lerud
Recalled: RHP Phillippe Aumont, LHP Raul Valdes, C Sebastian Valle, OF Zach Collier, OF Tyson Gillies
Reinstated from DL: OF Tyson Gillies

Pittsburgh Pirates
Elected free agency:
SS Robert Andino
Reinstated from DL: OF Jeff Roy

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Keith Butler, RHP Eric Fornataro, RHP Victor Marte, RHP Jorge Rondon, 3B Jermaine Curtis

San Diego Padres
Elected free agency:
RHP Sean O’Sullivan
Recalled: RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Adys Portillo, LHP Jose De Paula, OF Yeison Asencio, OF Jaff Decker, OF Rymer Liriano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Wilfredo Boscan, RHP Jace Chancellor, RHP Joe Church, RHP Fautino de los Santos, RHP Chris Fetter, RHP Jorge Guzman, RHP Corey Kimber, RHP Justin Livengood, RHP Walker Lockett, RHP Chris Long, RHP Adys Portillo, RHP Jason Ray, RHP Travis Remillard, RHP Jorge Reyes, RHP Josh Richardson, RHP Leonardo Solano, RHP Jerry Sullivan, RHP Tony Wieber, LHP Jose De Paula, LHP Brandon Fry, LHP Matt LaChappa, LHP Chris Rearick, LHP Clay Zavada, C Jason Hagerty, C Dane Phillips, 2B Casey McElroy, 2B River Stevens, 3B Justin Miller, SS Stephen Carmon, SS Jalen Goree, SS Jace Peterson, SS Beamer Weems, OF Travis Buck, OF Travis Jankowski, OF Miguel Jimenez, OF Rymer Liriano, OF Jordan Paroubeck
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Adys Portillo, RHP Keyvius Sampson, RHP Burch Smith, C Austin Hedges, 1B Tommy Medica, 2B Cory Spangenberg

San Francisco Giants
1B Matt Chavez (Prescott Montezuma (Freedom))
Elected free agency: C Guillermo Quiroz
Recalled: LHP Edwin Escobar, LHP Eric Surkamp, 1B Angel Villalona
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Kyle Crick, RHP Cody Hall, RHP Derek Law, LHP Adalberto Mejia, C Andrew Susac, 1B Angel Villalona, OF Jarrett Parker

The Giants signed Matt Chavez, who played college ball at San Francisco, out of the independent Freedom League, where he hit .430/.476/.894 with 18 homers in 151 at-bats this season.

Seattle Mariners
Elected free agency:
RHP Josh Kinney
Recalled: RHP Blake Beavan, LHP Anthony Fernandez, LHP Danny Hultzen, C Jesus Montero, C Jesus Sucre, OF Xavier Avery, OF Julio Morban, OF Carlos Peguero
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: LHP Kyle Hunter

Tampa Bay Rays
LHP Mike Montgomery, LHP Felipe Rivero, SS Hak-Ju Lee
Added to 40-man roster: OF Kevin Kiermaier
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Merrill Kelly, RHP Matt Ramsey, LHP Grayson Garvin, LHP Mike Montgomery, C Curt Casali, 2B Ryan Brett, 3B Richie Shaffer, OF Todd Glaesmann

Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings’ balky hamstring opened the door for Kevin Kiermaier, an International League playoff hero for Triple-A Durham, to make his big league debut as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s tiebreaker Game No. 163 versus the Rangers. While at Double-A Montgomery this season, Kiermaier recorded 2.85 putouts per game, the highest rate for any regular center fielder ($) at one level of the full-season minors this season. The 23-year-old hit .307/.370/.434 with 14 stolen bases in 97 games for the Biscuits.

Texas Rangers
RHP Kevin Pucetas (re-signed)
Elected free agency: RHP Kyle McClellan, C Eli Whiteside
Reinstated from DL: RHP Collin Balester, RHP Raul Beaton, RHP Ryan Bores, RHP Taylor Dennis, RHP David Perez, RHP Randol Rojas, RHP Tyler Tufts, LHP Chad Bell, LHP Kevin Matthews, LHP Yohander Mendez, LHP Victor Payano, LHP Greg Williams, C Jose Felix, 1B Ronald Guzman, 2B Edwin Garcia, 2B William Ireton, OF Zach Cone, OF Jared Hoying
Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Ryan Harvey, RHP Nick McBride, RHP Matt West, LHP Will Lamb, C Jorge Alfaro, 1B Brett Nicholas, 2B Ryan Rua

Toronto Blue Jays
Elected free agency:
RHP Dave Bush, RHP Justin Germano, RHP Chien-Ming Wang, LHP Tommy Hottovy, 3B Andy LaRoche
Recalled: RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Brad Lincoln, RHP Mickey Storey, RHP Thad Weber, LHP Sean Nolin, C A.J. Jimenez

Washington Nationals
RHP Nate Karns, LHP Matt Purke, LHP Tyler Robertson, 1B Chris Marrero, 2B Danny Espinosa