A huge trade went down three years ago today, as the Rangers acquired Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe, and cash from the Mariners for Justin Smoak, Josh Lueke, and Blake Beavan. Lueke eventually led to Mike Morse (a free agent after the season) via John Jaso. Beavan is working in long relief for the Mariners. Smoak may finally be reaching his potential in Seattle; he's hitting .308/.411/.533 in 141 plate appearances since April 29th. Smoak's OBP in that period ranks 10th in the Majors among those with at least 100 plate appearances, right behind…John Jaso. On to today's minor moves…
- The Phillies announced they've selected the contract of righty Luis Garcia, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster by moving Mike Adams to the 60-day DL. Phillippe Aumont was optioned to Triple-A. Garcia will be making his MLB debut.
- Indians righty Carlos Carrasco has officially been optioned to Triple-A, tweets MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Carrasco being designated for assignment on Sunday was a paperwork move to secure optional waivers, he explains.
- The White Sox outrighted catcher Hector Gimenez yesterday, according to the International League transactions page. Gimenez was designated for assignment on Thursday to open a spot for fellow catcher Josh Phegley, who has two home runs in his first three games. Gimenez, 30, is on his fifth organization. At Triple-A last year he hit .259/.324/.440 in 418 plate appearances.
- Three players currently reside in DFA limbo: Jeremy Bonderman of the Mariners, Adam Rosales of the Athletics, and Brandon Lyon of the Mets.