Minor League Transactions

Transactions involving minor league players for the period Feb. 23-March 2. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.

Baltimore Orioles
Signed: 1B Pedro Alvarez (re-signed) | OF Colby Rasmus
Removed from 40-man: OF Jaycob Brugman (outrighted to Triple-A)

Boston Red Sox
Signed: LHP Tommy Layne (released by Dodgers, Aug. 1)

Chicago Cubs
Signed: LHP Danny Hultzen (did not play in 2017)
Released: RHP Williams Perez

The Cubs released 26-year-old Williams Perez following the accidental shooting death of his pitching coach in Venezuela, Cesar Quintero.

Chicago White Sox
Released: LHP Andre Wheeler | 1B K.J. Woods

Cincinnati Reds
Signed: LHP Oliver Perez | OF Ben Revere
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Jairo Labourt (waiver claim from Tigers)

Cleveland Indians
Signed: RHP Matt Belisle | RHP Carlos Torres | 1B Mike Napoli

Detroit Tigers
Signed: RHP Louis Coleman

Kansas City Royals
Signed: OF Michael Saunders
Acquired: RHP Domingo Pena from Rangers for 2017-18 international bonus pool money ($250,000)

Los Angeles Angels
Signed: RHP Juan Contreras
Released: RHP Andrew Vinson | 3B Keith Grieshaber

The Angels signed a third player—18-year-old Dominican righthander Juan Contreras—who was granted free agency from the Braves in November as a consequence of their international signings infractions. Contreras joins Venezuelan shortstops Kevin Maitan and Livan Soto as former Braves prospects who signed with the Angels.

Contreras signed with the Angels after the Major League Baseball-imposed Jan. 15 deadline, thus receiving no additional bonus on top of the $1.2 million deal he signed with Atlanta in 2016.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: RHP Emmanuel De Leon (did not play in 2017) | C Rocky Gale (released by Padres, Feb. 22)

Minnesota Twins
Signed: SS Erick Aybar
Released: SS Gorge Munoz

New York Mets
Signed: OF Matt den Dekker

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed: LHP Tim Berry

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed: LHP Kevin Siegrist
Released: OF Michael Saunders

San Diego Padres
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miguel Diaz

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Bartolo Colon | RHP Edinson Volquez | 2B Darwin Barney | 3B Trevor Plouffe
Traded: RHP Domingo Pena to Royals for 2017-18 international bonus pool money ($250,000)

Edinson Volquez had Tommy John surgery in August, and the Rangers signed the 34-year-old to a two-year minor league contract for 2018 and 2019.

The Rangers have consummated three of the past four trades in baseball involving international bonus pool money as they (apparently) court 21-year-old Cuban outfielder Juan Pablo Martinez. In total, the Rangers made five trades since July 2 that transferred $3.35 million of pool money to their budget, raising their total to $8.1 million.

Toronto Blue Jays
Removed from 40-man: OF Ezequiel Carrera (outrighted to Triple-A)

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