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Week in MLB Transactions: Giovanni Soto traded, Josh Martin returned

Also this week: Two former Tribe outfielders get minor-league deals.

Josh Martin is back in the Indians organization
Josh Martin is back in the Indians organization
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Tribe Transactions

April 11

Traded LHP Giovanni Soto to the Chicago Cubs for cash

And so the three players who were DFAed at the end of spring training (Ramsey, Walters, Soto) have been traded to other organizations. Soto made a brief appearance with the Indians in September and did well, not allowing an earned run in 3.1 innings of work, but didn't impress this spring, so the Indians tied to sneak him through waivers to make room for Ross Detwiler.

Placed RHP Jordan Cooper on the AA Disabled List (groin strain); Promoted RHP DJ Brown from Mahoning Valley (Extended Spring)

Brown made 20 starts between Lynchburg and Akron a year ago. He'll pitch out of the bullpen for now.

April 12

San Diego returned RHP Josh Martin; Cleveland assigned him to Columbus (AAA)

Martin, who was selected by the Padres in last winter's Rule 5 draft, did clear waivers, and although I'm sure San Diego tried to engineer a trade to keep him in their organization, the Indians ended up insisting on getting the reliever prospect back in the organization. Martin is off the 40-man roster, and would be eligible for the Rule 5 draft again next winter if the Indians don't add him to their 40-man roster by then.

April 14

Sent OF Michael Brantley and OF Lonnie Chisenhall on Rehab Assignment to Akron (AA)

Because Columbus was taking off on a road trip, the Indians moved both Brantley and Chisenhall's rehab assignments to Akron so that they could stay at home. It looks like Chisenhall will be activated for this Wednesday's (April 20) game, while there's date set for Brantley's return. By the way, Tommy Hunter is still with Columbus on his rehab assignment.

Promoted RHP Brock Hartson to Lake County (A-) from Mahoning Valley (extended spring); Demoted Billy Strode to Mahoning Valley(extended spring)

When you see a minor-league transaction reference Mahoning Valley or the AZL Indians this time of year, they're going back to Arizona. In this case, relievers from the 2015 draft are swapping places.

April 16

Placed C Alex Lavisky on the AAA Disabled List

The Clippers had four catchers (Lavisky, Adam Moore, Guillermo Quiroz, Anthony Recker) on the active roster, so this didn't necessitate a promotion from Akron. I think this move was made to add Josh Martin to the roster, as Martin had a couple days to report to Columbus.

Selected MLB Transactions

April 11

Atlanta Braves placed RHP Daniel Winkler on the 15-day Disabled List (right elbow fracture)

Winkler had been pitching in middle reliever for the Braves before the injury.

April 12

Detroit Tigers placed C James McCann on the 15-day Disabled List (right ankle sprain)

As if the Tigers didn't already have enough players on the DL, they had to add their starting catcher to the list. While he's out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will most of the playing time behind the dish.

Los Angeles Dodgers activated 2B Howie Kendrick and C Yasmani Grandal from the 15-day Disabled List; placed OF Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day Disabled List (lower back)

If you're, both James Ramsey and Zach Walters are still in AAA.

Houston Astros activated C Evan Gattis from the 15-day Disabled List

April 13

Boston Red Sox placed 3B Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day Disabled List

A fortuitous turn of events for Boston, as they can get Sandoval off the active roster while they figure out some way to get rid of him.

Toronto Blue Jays Recalled LHP Pat Venditte from Buffalo (AAA)

Venditte can pitch with either arm. If you're wondering, MLB rules stipulate that a pitcher cannot throw with a different arm once an at-bat has begun.

Minnesota Twins placed LHP Glen Perkins on the 15-day Disabled List (left shoulder strain); Recalled LHP Taylor Rogers from Rochester (AAA)

While Perkins is sidelined (no date on his return), Kevin Jepsen should get most of the save opportunities.

April 14

San Francisco Giants placed RHP Sergio Romo on the 15-day Disabled List (right elbow flexor strain)

New York Yankees signed OF Nick Swisher to a minor-league contract

Minnesota Twins signed OF David Murphy to a minor-league contract

Two LGFTs get another chances to make it back to the majors.

Colorado Rockies placed CF Charlie Blackmon on the 15-day Disabled List (turf toe - left foot)

Philadelphia Phillies placed LHP Daniel Stumpf on the Restricted List

Stumpf was suspended by MLB for testing positive for a PED; like with Abraham Almonte, the Rule 5 selection will be out 80 games.

April 15

Chicago Cubs activated SS Javier Baez from the 15-day Disabled List

Baez probably won't play much shortstop at all (Addison Russell has that covered), so he'll be used as a super-sub, playing various infield positions or even some outfield.

April 16

Detroit Tigers activated RHP Alex Wilson from the 15-day Disabled List; Optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Toldo (AAA)

April 17

Arizona Diamondbacks Recalled Archie Bradley from Reno (AAA)

Bradley is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and after beginning the season in AAA, might be in the majors for good now.

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April 17 2016

With Chisenhall poised to return this week, and with Jose Ramirez's play, I think the team will choose to option Collin Cowgill rather than option Dan Otero. I suppose the order of the moves doesn't make too much difference, as whoever isn't optioned now will be when Michael Brantley returns, but with Ramirez playing so well Francona has been looking to for any opportunity to get him into the lineup.

I've marked Josh Tomlin as injured, though there's no indication that he'll miss his next start.