Minor League Transactions
Transactions involving minor league players for the period Feb. 23-March 2. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.
Boston Red Sox
Signed: LHP Tommy Layne (released by Dodgers, Aug. 1)
Signed: RHP Louis Coleman
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.
New York Mets
Signed: OF Matt den Dekker
Signed: LHP Tim Berry
San Diego Padres
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miguel Diaz
Numbers Game: Third Is The Word
College third basemen drafted with a top-10 overall pick almost always pan out.
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)