Minor League Transactions: March 18-24
Arizona Diamondbacks Released: RHP Jon Fitzsimmons | RHP Kaleb Ort | RHP Myles Smith | 3B Josh Anderson | 3B Joe Munoz | 3B Cody Regis | OF Dane McFarland Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Tyler Jones (to Yankees) Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Matt Koch | RHP Evan Marshall | RHP Braden Shipley After releasing 2012 first-rounder Stryker Trahan on March 15, the Diamondbacks released 2012 second-rounder Joe Munoz last week. Like Trahan, the 23-year-old third baseman failed to establish himself above the low Class A level in five pro seasons. Munoz hit .243/.324/.384 with 25 percent strikeouts in parts of three seasons in the Midwest League.
Atlanta Braves Released: RHP Andres Avila | RHP David Hale | RHP Navery Moore | RHP Isaac Sanchez | LHP John Danks | LHP Adam Kolarek | 3B Colin Walsh | SS Rich Rodriguez Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luke Jackson | C Anthony Recker
Baltimore Orioles Signed: OF Jason Heinrich (released by D-backs, March 15) Released: RHP Dane de la Rosa | LHP Trevor Belicek | LHP Will Dennis | LHP Chris Jones | LHP Lex Rutledge | LHP Will Shepley | OF Jamill Moquete Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Richard Bleier Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jesus Liranzo
Boston Red Sox Released: RHP German Taveras | RHP Danny Zandona | LHP Cesar Cabral
Chicago Cubs Released: RHP Jordan Brink | RHP Cole Brocker | RHP Josh Conway | RHP Tanner Griggs | RHP Jim Henderson | RHP Randy McCurry | RHP Zach Rafferty | RHP Alex Santana | RHP Nick Sarianides | RHP Ho-Young Son | LHP Colton Freeman | LHP Kyle Twomey | C Sam Tidaback | 1B Jose Paniagua Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jake Buchanan | RHP Alec Mills | 3B Jeimer Candelario
Chicago White Sox Released: RHP Taylore Cherry | RHP Victor Done | RHP Conor Krauss | RHP Jacob Morris | RHP Chad Rogers | LHP Johnathan Frebis | LHP Ryan Hinchley | LHP Blair Walters | C Nate Causey | C Joxelier Garcia | 1B K.C. Hobson | SS Bradley Strong | OF Caleb Gindl | OF Jackson Glines | OF Landon Lassiter Acquired: 1B Brandon Dulin from Royals for cash Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carson Fulmer | RHP Lucas Giolito | RHP Tommy Kahnle | RHP Reynaldo Lopez | 2B Yoan Moncada | OF Adam Engel Part of the return for Adam Eaton, 23-year-old righthander Reynaldo Lopez led the team with 19.1 innings this spring but didn't make the Opening Day rotation. He recorded a 3.72 ERA with 14 strikeouts, 13 hits allowed and five walks. The White Sox chose veterans Miguel Gonzalez, Derek Holland and James Shield to support Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon in the rotation, but Lopez should be ready to step in at the first opportunity.
Cincinnati Reds Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Christian Walker | OF Phillip Ervin | OF Jesse Winker
Cleveland Indians Released: RHP Cortland Cox | RHP Devon Stewart | LHP Kenny Mathews | LHP Ryan Perez | C Jack Goihl | 1B Nate Winfrey | SS Angel Miguel Returned Rule 5 selection: LHP Hoby Milner (to Phillies) Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Adam Plutko | LHP Ryan Merritt | LHP Shawn Morimando
Colorado Rockies Released: RHP Drasen Johnson | RHP Hayden Jones | RHP Alec Kenilvort | RHP Christian Talley | C Steven Leonard | C Tanner Murphy | C Spencer Navin | 3B Shane Hoelscher | 3B Tim Smalling | SS Tyler Follis Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Hoffman
Detroit Tigers Released: RHP Calvin Drummond | RHP Gabe Hemmer | RHP Austin Kubitza | RHP Carlos Lara | RHP Logan Longwith | RHP David Martinez | RHP Noel Ovalles | RHP Jordan Smith | 1B Sean Halton | 2B Omar Artsen | 2B Brett Pirtle | 3B Steven Fuentes | 3B Jose Zambrano | SS Garrett Mattlage | OF Rashad Brown | OF Ismael Salgado Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Buck Farmer | RHP Warwick Saupold | RHP Drew VerHagen | LHP Chad Bell Optioned to high Class A: RHP Sandy Baez The Tigers released 2013 fourth-rounder Austin Kubitza, a 25-year-old righthander who shined at low Class A West Michigan in 2014 on the strength of an elite groundball rate. His velocity sat in the high 80s, and he never really developed a second pitch, so he struggled at higher levels, even after a shift to the bullpen in 2016.
Houston Astros Released: RHP Chris Murphy | RHP David Schmidt | RHP Angelo Serrano | RHP Adam Whitt | LHP Chris Cotton | C Marlon Avea | 3B Connor Goedert | OF James Ramsay Removed from 40-man: C Max Stassi (outrighted to Triple-A) Optioned to Triple-A: 1B A.J. Reed | 1B Tyler White | 2B Tony Kemp | 3B Colin Moran | OF Teoscar Hernandez
Kansas City Royals Released: RHP Brian Bayliss | RHP Matt Ditman | RHP Colton Howell | RHP Taylor Kaczmarek | RHP Anthony Kidston | RHP Brandon League | LHP Enmanuel Camacho | LHP Estarlin Cordero | LHP Mark McCoy | LHP Jorge Rodriguez | LHP Jonathan Sanchez | 2B Austin Bailey | 2B Brian Bien | 2B David Edwards | 3B Mike Hill | OF Robert Pehl Traded: 1B Brandon Dulin to White Sox for cash
Los Angeles Angels Signed: RHP Jon Fitzsimmons (released by D-backs, March 20) | RHP Mayky Perez (released by Padres, March 20) | RHP Starlyn Suriel (released by Blue Jays, March 17) | LHP Evan Smith (released by Blue Jays, March 20) | SS Jesus Nunez | OF Josh Merrigan (released by Rangers, March 13) Released: RHP Brandon Glazer | RHP Enrique Oquendo | RHP Turner Parry | LHP Jason Broussard | LHP Taylor Keinat | LHP J.D. Nielsen | LHP Ariel Ovando | LHP Tyler Watson | 1B Jeff Boehm | 3B Jose Rodriguez | OF Josh Delph | OF Ayendy Perez Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Meyer | 3B Kaleb Cowart | SS Nolan Fontana | OF Ryan LaMarre For the second year in a row—and the second with general manager Billy Eppler in charge—the Angels have scooped up multiple players released by other organizations at the end of spring training. In addition to the five players listed here, the Angels signed David Perez and Jeremy Dowdy in the previous installment.
Los Angeles Dodgers Released: RHP Alec Grosser | OF Devan Ahart | OF Jordan Paroubeck Optioned to Triple-A: OF Brett Eibner The Dodgers picked up 22-year-old outfielder Jordan Paroubeck (plus righthander Caleb Dirks) in July 2015 when they traded $249,000 in international bonus-pool money to the Braves. Atlanta had acquired Paroubeck as part of the return from the Padres for Craig Kimbrel in April of that year. San Diego selected Paroubeck, a switch-hitting prep from San Mateo, Calif., in the supplemental second round of the 2013 draft. Paroubeck spent two years in the Dodgers system, finishing 2016 at Rookie-level Ogden. He hit .231/.308/.413 with five home runs in 30 games in the Pioneer League, and power is going to have to be his separating tool if he lands with a new organization.
Miami Marlins Released: RHP Victor Delgado | RHP Aneury Osoria Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Severino Gonzalez | OF Destin Hood
Milwaukee Brewers Released: RHP Joba Chamberlain | RHP Gentry Fortuno | RHP Ryan Webb | LHP Stephen Peterson Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Blazek | SS Yadiel Rivera Optioned to Double-A: OF Michael Reed
Minnesota Twins Released: RHP Tyler Fox | RHP Jim Miller | RHP Brandon Peterson | RHP Zach Strecker | RHP Ryan Vogelsong | LHP Austin Tribby | OF Leandro Castro | OF Jorge Fernandez | OF Roberto Gonzalez Added to 40-man roster: LHP Craig Breslow Optioned to Triple-A: RHP J.T. Chargois | OF Zack Granite | OF Daniel Palka
New York Mets Signed: SS Jio Mier Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Erik Goeddel | SS Gavin Cecchini | SS Matt Reynolds
New York Yankees Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luis Cessa
Philadelphia Phillies Released: RHP Scot Hoffman | RHP Geury Ortiz | LHP Oskerlly Sanchez | 3B Evan Rogers | OF Luke Maglich Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jake Thompson Optioned to Double-A: OF Tyler Goeddel The Phillies reassigned last year's Rule 5 draft pick Tyler Goeddel to Double-A Reading. He finished 2015 at Double-A in the Rays system before Philadelphia Rule 5'ed him. Goeddel, a 24-year-old outfielder, hit .192 in 213 big league at-bats last year and needs more development time.
Pittsburgh Pirates Released: RHP Jake Burnette | RHP Henry Hirsch | RHP Nick Hutchings | RHP Neil Kozikowski | RHP Nick Neumann | RHP Chris Plitt | RHP Jose Regalado | RHP Julio Vivas | SS Erik Forgione Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Pat Light | C Elias Diaz | 2B Max Moroff
St. Louis Cardinals Signed: RHP Josh Zeid Released: RHP Will Anderson | RHP Carson Cross | RHP Nick Frey | RHP Robby Rowland | RHP Ronnie Shaban | RHP John Walter | RHP Davis Ward | LHP Michael Heesch | LHP Bobby Wheatley | 1B Elier Rodriguez | 3B Allen Staton | OF Orlando Olivera | OF Michael Pritchard Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Sam Tuivailala | RHP Luke Weaver | RHP Rowan Wick | 2B Breyvic Valera | OF Anthony Garcia Veteran righthanded reliever Josh Zeid effectively auditioned for teams while playing for Israel at the World Baseball Classic. He tossed 10 scoreless innings in the WBC, allowing five hits and striking out 10 in 10 innings. The Cardinals signed the 30-year-old minor league free agent shortly after the event ended.
San Diego Padres Signed: C Miguel Del Castillo (re-signed) Released: RHP Justin De Fratus | RHP Jean Garcia | RHP Kyle Gauthier | RHP Francisco Mendoza | RHP Ben Paullus | RHP Mayky Perez | LHP Trevor Seidenberger | SS Chase Jensen | OF Manny DeLeon | OF Tyler Moore | OF Jhonatan Pena Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyrell Jenkins | RHP Zach Lee | RHP Andrew Lockett | 2B Carlos Asuaje | OF Franchy Cordero
San Francisco Giants Released: RHP David Hernandez | LHP Nick Sabo | C Jared Deacon | C Fernando Pujadas | C Leo Rojas | 1B Ricky Oropesa | 2B Gordon Beckham | 3B Mitch Delfino | SS Travious Relaford Optioned to Triple-A: SS Orlando Calixte Power-hitting first baseman Ricky Oropesa hit 17 home runs at Double-A Richmond in 2015, but the 2011 third-rounder from Southern California hit just .235 in more than 1,400 plate appearances in the Eastern League.
Seattle Mariners Released: RHP Aaron Brooks | LHP Brandon Sisk | C James Alfonso | C Ray Guerrini | 2B Ivan Gonzalez Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Dan Vogelbach
Tampa Bay Rays Released: RHP Luis Nunez | RHP Mark Sappington | RHP Austin Sweet | LHP Steve Ascher | LHP Alex Estrella | LHP Dana Eveland | C Jose Rojas | 2B Blake Butera | 2B Trek Stemp
Texas Rangers Released: RHP Alex Daniele | RHP Reilly Peltier | RHP Mark Vasquez | LHP Pedro Brito | LHP Yonelvy Pichardo | C Robert Lucido | OF Kevin Keyes Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Tyler Wagner | 1B Ronald Guzman
Toronto Blue Jays Released: LHP Evan Smith | OF David Harris Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Danny Barnes | LHP Matt Dermody
Washington Nationals Released: RHP Russell Harmening | RHP Conner Porter | RHP Brayan Serrata | 1B Ryan Ripken | 2B
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