Minor League Transactions
Transactions involving minor league players for the period June 25-July 2. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.
• The BA Draft Database has signing information for all rounds, plus bonus amounts and scouting reports for hundreds of players.
• The 2017 international signing period opened on July 2, thus we see six trades involving international bonus pool money in this installment. Teams have been permitted to trade international money since 2012, but this year is the first in which they can apportion specific dollar amounts of their pool and not simply trade one of their four "slots" with assigned dollar values. We are working to acquire the specific dollar amounts moved in all transactions.
Arizona Diamondbacks Signed: RHP Tyler Badamo (Bridgeport (Atlantic)) Draft picks signed: RHP Matt Brill (12) | RHP Harrison Francis (4) | 3B Drew Ellis (2) Released: RHP Brooks Hall | 3B Colin Walsh Removed from 40-man: C Oscar Hernandez (outrighted to Double-A)
Atlanta Braves Signed: RHP Walter Borkovich (NDFA—Michigan State) | LHP Kevin Matthews (Birmingham-Bloomfield (United Shore)) | 2B Andrew Daniel (released by Angels, June 16) | OF Carlos Baerga Jr. (NDFA—Northwestern Ohio) Draft pick signed: OF Adam Groesbeck (38) Released: 1B Ramon Osuna Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rex Brothers
The Rangers selected Georgia high school lefthander Kevin Matthews in the first round of the 2011 draft but released him in May 2015 after five ineffective and injury-riddled seasons. He recorded a 4.59 ERA in 82 innings in parts of two seasons at low Class A Hickory and did not pitch in 2016.
Matthews returned to the mound in 2017, where he struck out 48 in 28 innings in the United Shore Professional Baseball League, a second-year independent league based in Michigan. After signing with the Braves, he returned to the South Atlantic League with Rome.
Matthews went to high school in Richmond Hill, Ga., outside Savannah.
Baltimore Orioles Signed: LHP Raudel Lazo (released by Marlins, May 15) Draft pick signed: RHP Adam Stauffer (19) Released: C Ronald Soto | C Fabian Vizcaino | 1B Carlos Diaz | 1B Jesus Montero | OF Jose Paez Acquired: RHP Matt Wotherspoon from Yankees for international bonus pool money Acquired: LHP Jason Wheeler from Dodgers for international bonus pool money
Boston Red Sox Signed: 3B Jhonny Peralta (released by Cardinals, June 13) Released: OF Allen Craig Traded: 1B Nick Longhi to Reds for $2.75 million in international bonus pool money Traded: 3B Stanley Espinal and SS Imeldo Diaz to Cardinals for international bonus pool money
Chicago Cubs Draft picks signed: RHP Ben Hecht (12) | RHP Rollie Lacy (11) | RHP Braxton Light (24) | RHP Jeffrey Passantino (40) | 2B Jared Young (15) | 3B Ramsey Romano (31) | OF Brandon Hughes (16) | OF Chris Singleton (19) Released: RHP Miguel Mejia | RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua Traded: LHP Zac Rosscup (DFA) to Rockies for RHP Matt Carasiti
Chicago White Sox Signed: C Rob Brantly (released by Reds, June 29) | 3B Alex Maloney (NDFA—Ball State) | SS Tracy Hadley (NDFA—Southern Mississippi) | OF Nolan Brown (NDFA—Texas Christian) Draft picks signed: RHP Lincoln Henzman (4) | RHP Kade McClure (6) | C Evan Skoug (7) Released: RHP Pat Cashman | RHP Jake Dunning
Cincinnati Reds Draft pick signed: 1B Justin Bellinger (22) Released: C Rob Brantly | SS Hidekel Abreu | OF Cedric Hunter Acquired: 1B Nick Longhi from Red Sox for $2.75 million in international bonus pool money Elected free agency: RHP Jake Buchanan Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kevin Shackelford | RHP Asher Wojciechowski Removed from 40-man: RHP Jake Buchanan (outrighted to Triple-A)
Cleveland Indians Signed: 2B Michael Martinez (elected free agency from Rays, June 23) Draft picks signed: RHP Josh Nashed (19) | LHP Michael Hendrickson (28) | LHP Kyle Nelson (15) | 2B Dillon Persinger (18) | SS Tyler Freeman (2s) | OF Austen Wade (5)
Colorado Rockies Draft picks signed: LHP Alec Byrd (33) | 1B Sean Bouchard (9) Released: 2B Jonathan Piron Traded: RHP Matt Carasiti to Cubs for LHP Zac Rosscup (DFA) Added to 40-man roster: OF Mike Tauchman
Detroit Tigers Signed: RHP Aaron Fernandez (NDFA—William & Mary) Draft picks signed: RHP Drew Carlton (32) | SS Shane Cooper (37) Released: RHP Jose Lopez | RHP Jorge Marban | RHP Dustin Molleken | OF Ross Kivett | OF Alexander Rodriguez
Houston Astros Signed: RHP Brendan Feldmann (NDFA—Lindenwood (Mo.)) | RHP Carlos Pimentel (NDFA—Science and Arts of Oklahoma) Draft picks signed: RHP Corbin Martin (2) | 3B Joe Perez (2) Released: C Vicente Mota
Kansas City Royals Signed: RHP Daniel Garmendia (NDFA—Keiser (Fla.)) | RHP Tad Ratliff (NDFA—Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)) | LHP Stephen Greenlees (NDFA—Southwestern (Texas)) Draft pick signed: C Chris Hudgins (16) Released: RHP Kelvin Magallanes | LHP Sixto Torres Added to 40-man roster: RHP Luke Farrell Designated for assignment: RHP Seth Maness
Los Angeles Angels Signed: C Erven Roper (NDFA—College of Charleston) Draft picks signed: RHP Keith Rogalla (12) | LHP Jerryell Rivera (11) | OF Spencer Griffin (16) | OF Jacob Pearson (3) | OF Caleb Scires (17) Released: OF Michael Bourn
Los Angeles Dodgers Signed: RHP Eddie Gamboa (elected free agency from Rangers, June 29) | OF Blake Gailen (Lancaster (Atlantic)) Released: RHP Matt Ditman | LHP Austin French Traded: LHP Jason Wheeler to Orioles for international bonus pool money
Miami Marlins Draft picks signed: RHP Josh Roberson (12) | LHP Dakota Bennett (11) Released: RHP Horacio Acosta | RHP Garrett Cortright | C Corey Bass | C Carlos Paulino | 1B Branden Berry | 1B Brad Haynal | 2B Mike Garzillo | OF Alex Glenn Traded: SS Adeiny Hechavarria to Rays for RHP Ethan Clark and OF Braxton Lee Acquired: RHP Tyler Frohwirth from Phillies for international bonus pool money Removed from 40-man: 2B Christian Colon (outrighted to Triple-A)
Milwaukee Brewers Signed: RHP Kadon Simmons (NDFA—Texas-Arlington) | C Kyle Beam (NDFA—Old Dominion) Draft picks signed: RHP Max Lazar (11) | RHP Caden Lemons (2) Released: 2B Trey York Added to 40-man roster: RHP Rob Scahill Removed from 40-man: RHP Tyler Cravy (outrighted to Triple-A)
Minnesota Twins Signed: LHP Anthony Marzi (New Britain (Atlantic)) | C Carlos Paulino (released by Marlins, June 30) Draft pick signed: RHP Joe Record (28) Released: 2B Bradley Strong | 3B Dan Gamache Removed from 40-man: RHP Alex Wimmers | LHP Mason Melotakis (both outrighted to Triple-A)
The Mets released high Class A third baseman Eudor Garcia three years after making the El Paso JC product a fourth-round pick. He missed 80 games in 2016 after failing a test for a performance-enhancing substance and also missed the start of this season. The lefthanded-batting Garcia hit .285/.337/.415 in parts of four seasons in the Mets system.
New York Yankees Signed: C Pedro Diaz (NDFA—Carl Albert State (Okla.) JC) | C Hemmanuel Rosario (NDFA—Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.) Released: C Aaron Bossi Traded: RHP Matt Wotherspoon to Orioles for international bonus pool money Added to 40-man roster: SS Tyler Wade | OF Dustin Fowler | OF Clint Frazier Designated for assignment: OF Mason Williams
The Yankees signed undrafted Puerto Rican high school catcher Hemmanuel Rosario to a free agent deal with a $247,500 bonus, which is an unusually high amount for a player passed over in the draft. But in this case, there's a catch. Rosario is just 16 years old, having started school at age 3, so while he has the experience of a high school player, he is roughly the same age as an international free agent.
Because the Yankees exceeded the $125,000 maximum allowed for all draft picks (or nondrafted free agents) signed after the 10th round, the marginal difference—in this case $122,500—was counted against New York's draft bonus pool.
Philadelphia Phillies Signed: 2B Gunnar Buhner (NDFA—Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)) Draft picks signed: RHP Ben Brown (33) | LHP Ethan Lindow (5) | C Colby Fitch (13) | 1B Quincy Nieporte (26) Traded: RHP Tyler Frohwirth to Marlins for international bonus pool money Traded: C James Lovett and 1B Caleb Eldridge to Mariners for international bonus pool money
The Pirates released first baseman Jason Rogers so that he could sign with Hanshin in Japan. The 29-year-old hit .289/.362/.439 with nine home runs in 69 games at Triple-A Indianapolis.
St. Louis Cardinals Signed: 1B John Nogowski (Sioux City (American Association)) Draft picks signed: RHP Jim Voyles (38) | C Zach Jackson (6) | SS Kramer Robertson (4) | OF Scott Hurst (3) Released: RHP Steven de la Cruz | RHP Champ Rowland Acquired: 3B Stanley Espinal and SS Imeldo Diaz from Red Sox for international bonus pool money Acquired: OF Lane Thomas from Blue Jays for international bonus pool money Added to 40-man roster: 1B Luke Voit | SS Alex Mejia
San Francisco Giants Signed: RHP Cody Hall (Lancaster (Atlantic)) | LHP Nate Reed (Lancaster (Atlantic)) | 1B K.C. Hobson (Lancaster (Atlantic)) Draft pick signed: LHP John Gavin (8) Released: RHP Angel Merced | LHP Michael Roth | OF Woody Edwards | OF Luis Lacen | OF Anthony Marks Elected free agency: RHP Bryan Morris Added to 40-man roster: 3B Jae-Gyun Hwang Removed from 40-man: RHP Bryan Morris (outrighted to Triple-A)
Seattle Mariners Signed: RHP Clay Chandler (NDFA—Southeast Missouri State) | RHP Tyler Jackson (NDFA—Clemson) | OF Aaron Stroosma (NDFA—Seattle) Draft pick signed: RHP Jamal Wade (17) Released: LHP Nick Hagadone | 1B Jonas Lantigua | OF Keury de la Cruz Acquired: C James Lovett and 1B Caleb Eldridge from Phillies for international bonus pool money Removed from 40-man: RHP Pat Light (outrighted to Triple-A)
Tampa Bay Rays Signed: RHP Hunter Adkins (released by Marlins, June 19) | RHP Trevor Charpie (NDFA—Nevada) | 1B Billy King (NDFA—Northwest Nazarene (Idaho)) Draft picks signed: RHP Paul Campbell (21) | 1B Brendan McKay (1) | SS Taylor Walls (3) Released: RHP Taylor Hawkins Traded: RHP Ethan Clark and OF Braxton Lee to Marlins for SS Adeiny Hechavarria Added to 40-man roster: LHP Adam Kolarek
Texas Rangers Signed: OF Xavier Paul (Carmen (Mexican)) Draft pick signed: SS Myles McKisic (23) Traded: OF Eduard Pinto to Blue Jays for RHP Jason Grilli Elected free agency: RHP Eddie Gamboa Loaned to Mexican League: LHP Samuel Zazueta (to Mexico City) Designated for assignment: RHP Preston Claiborne Removed from 40-man: RHP Eddie Gamboa (outrighted to Triple-A)
Toronto Blue Jays Signed: OF Michael Saunders (released by Phillies, June 23) Draft picks signed: RHP Turner Larkins (21) | RHP Nate Pearson (1) | LHP Brody Rodning (13) | C Hagen Danner (2) | 3B Davis Schneider (28) | SS Logan Warmoth (1) Released: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia Traded: RHP Jason Grilli to Rangers for OF Eduard Pinto Traded: OF Lane Thomas to Cardinals for international bonus pool money Added to 40-man roster: RHP Lucas Harrell
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Washington Nationals Signed: RHP Kevin Jepsen (released by D-backs, March 25) | 3B Dan Gamache (released by Twins, June 27) Draft picks signed: RHP Wil Crowe (2) | RHP Brigham Hill (5) | LHP Max Engelbrekt (40) | OF Nick Choruby (18) Released: RHP Diomedes Eusebio | LHP Kylin Turnbull | 1B Conner Simonetti | OF Israel Mota Added to 40-man roster: SS Adrian Sanchez