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Minor League Transactions



Transactions involving minor league players for the period May 29-June 4. All transactions conveyed by Major League Baseball.

Many veterans negotiate June 1 opt-outs in their minor league contracts. Thus we find a number of veteran players, such as Chris Denorfia, Ernesto Frieri and Bobby Parnell, listed as released.


Arizona Diamondbacks Released: RHP Dean Jackson


Atlanta Braves Released: RHP Gregory Bautista | OF J.B. Moss

The Braves released 2016 seventh-rounder J.B. Moss, a righthanded-hitting right fielder from Texas A&M, after he started slowly at high Class A Florida by going 4-for-30 (.133) without an extra-base hit or a walk. He also hit just .195 in 25 games at the high Class A level last year in his pro debut.

The Braves signed Moss for just $10,000 last year—against a slot value of $229,700—as they conserved bonus-pool money to sign their five top-100 picks for just shy of $12 million. Moss wasn't alone. Atlanta signed its five picks from rounds six through 10—collegians all—for a combined $58,000.


Baltimore Orioles Signed: LHP Lucas Luetge (released by Reds, June 1) Acquired: SS Ruben Tejada from Yankees for cash Added to 40-man roster: C Francisco Pena Removed from 40-man: LHP Paul Fry (outrighted to Triple-A)


Boston Red Sox Signed: RHP Elih Villanueva (Lancaster (Atlantic))


Cincinnati Reds Released: RHP Braulio Ortiz | LHP Lucas Luetge | 2B Ty Blankmeyer


Cleveland Indians Acquired: 2B Josh Wilson from Rangers for cash


Colorado Rockies Released: C Campbell Wear | OF Chris Denorfia


Detroit Tigers Elected free agency: RHP William Cuevas Removed from 40-man: RHP William Cuevas | OF Tyler Collins (both players outrighted to Triple-A)


Houston Astros Released: RHP Jared Mortensen | C Oliver Toribio | 2B Nicolas Miranda | OF Norberto Castellanos


Kansas City Royals Signed: RHP Tony Pena Jr. (Tabasco (Mexican)) Released: RHP Bobby Parnell | OF Tanner Stanley Added to 40-man roster: LHP Eric Skoglund

Tony Pena Jr. reached the majors as a light-hitting (but strong-armed) shortstop in 2006 and accumulated 870 plate appearances in four seasons while producing a 45 OPS+. He converted to pitcher in 2009 as a member of the Royals organization, just in time to become a minor league free agent that offseason. He topped out at Triple-A in four subsequent years as a reliever, spending time in the Giants, Red Sox and White Sox systems.

Pena had worked as a reliever in the Mexican League since 2014 before the Royals signed the 36-year-old last week. He ranked among the league leaders for saves in 2014 and 2015.


Los Angeles Angels Signed: RHP Jhondaniel Medina (released by Cubs, May 11) | OF Michael Bourn (released by Orioles, May 24) | OF Cesar Puello (released by Rangers, June 1) Released: OF Caleb Adams | OF Zach Welz Added to 40-man roster: OF Shane Robinson | OF Eric Young Jr. Removed from 40-man: RHP Daniel Wright (outrighted to Triple-A)


Los Angeles Dodgers Signed: OF Quincy Latimore (Aguascalientes (Mexican)) Released: LHP Logan Darnell Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brandon Morrow


Miami Marlins Signed: RHP Kolton Mahoney (released by Yankees, May 27) | RHP James Needy (Sioux City (American Association)) Released: OF Sleyter Soto


Minnesota Twins Added to 40-man roster: RHP Alex Wimmers | LHP Jason Wheeler Removed from 40-man: LHP Adam Wilk (outrighted to Triple-A)


New York Mets Released: OF Raphael Ramirez


New York Yankees Released: RHP Ernesto Frieri | LHP Jason Gurka | C Ozzie Liranzo Traded: SS Ruben Tejada to Orioles for cash


Oakland Athletics Released: RHP Matt Sergey


Pittsburgh Pirates Released: RHP Robbie Coursel | 2B Tyler Leffler


St. Louis Cardinals Removed from 40-man: RHP Miguel Socolovich (outrighted to Triple-A)


San Diego Padres Released: OF Yuniet Flores Sold to Mexican League: RHP Carlos Fisher (to Tijuana)


San Francisco Giants Signed: 1B Jerry Sands (Somerset (Atlantic)) Added to 40-man roster: OF Austin Slater


Seattle Mariners Signed: SS Ryan Jackson (Sugar Land (Atlantic)) Added to 40-man roster: RHP Tyler Cloyd | SS Tyler Smith Designated for assignment: OF Andrew Aplin


Tampa Bay Rays Released: RHP Anthony Parente | OF Dayron Varona


Texas Rangers Released: RHP Omarlin Lopez | LHP Jason Richman | 3B Xavier Turner | OF Cesar Puello Traded: 2B Josh Wilson to Indians for cash


Toronto Blue Jays Released: RHP Mat Latos | RHP Gabe Noyalis | RHP Jairo Rosario | RHP Jon Wandling


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Washington Nationals Released: RHP Mike Broadway | RHP Joe Nathan

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