Here are the latest minor moves from around MLB…
- The Dodgers released Cory Sullivan and catcher Josh Bard, tweets Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. The pair both signed minor league deals with L.A. in December.
- The Yankees have signed Steve Pearce to a minor league contract, reports Josh Norris of the Trentonian (Twitter link). Pearce, a former well-regarded prospect with the Pirates, signed a minor league deal with the Twins in December but was released on Tuesday.
- The Nationals released outfielder Jason Michaels, the team announced. The Nationals signed the 11-year veteran to a minor league contract in December.
- The Brewers signed catcher Jason Jaramillo to a minor league deal, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets. The Cubs released the backstop a couple of days ago after signing him to a minor league deal in January.
- The Red Sox released catcher Max St. Pierre, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com (on Twitter). SoxProspects.com first reported the transaction.
- The Brewers released Corey Patterson then re-signed him to another minor league contract, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports (Twitter links). Patterson, who signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee in January, will start the season at Triple-A.
- The Indians announced that they acquired right-hander Jairo Asencio from the Braves for cash. The right-handed reliever led the International League in saves in 2009 and 2011 and posted a 1.81 ERA with 11.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 54 2/3 innings at Triple-A last year. Asencio is out of options.
- The Mets have signed infielder Josh Rodriguez to a minor league deal, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports. The Pirates selected the 27-year-old in last year's Rule 5 draft, returned him to the Indians in April, and traded for him in June. Rodriguez, who played in seven MLB games last year, posted a .258/.323/.349 line in 330 plate appearances in the upper minors.
From how things went this spring- I guess the braves figured they were better off getting something for him if they were going to try and send him down.
He was out of options so they couldn’t send him down without him clearing waivers.
Didn’t know he was out of options- thanks.
Woo Hoo! Cash. Cash never has an off-day.
Nah, best of luck to Ascenio- he just was the 8th good guy in a bullpen that only needs 7- the Indians got something useful, and I hope he gets a chance.
at first i was like “ummmmm…why?” but then i remembered he’s out of options. I would bet that they’re waiting for the Indians to send him down and try to sneak him him back off of waivers.
wonder how much cash? You never hear, do you?
Boston also sent the Cubbies the PTBNL and don’t get excited Cubbie fans over the name.. Jair Bogaerts.. The Sox #2 prospects *twin* brother…
Edit: Now see the story here..Sorry
I was going to say something snarky about Jaramillo and not being good enough to make the Cubs, but when I look things over, both Castillo and Clevenger have looked great this spring, so I guess it’s not an indictment of him at all, really.
Josh Bard.. Well, well, well.. Now THERE is a catcher for some team looking for help.. As long as you only want him to catch and throw the ball. I don’t think he could hit AA pitching.
Quite frankly, I thought he had retired 5 years ago
“As long as you only want him to catch and throw the ball”
prob is even that is questionable. The Bard should have stuck to writing plays
The phillies are looking for a backup catcher, so why not sign Bard?