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.
Brown made 20 starts between Lynchburg and Akron a year ago. He'll pitch out of the bullpen for now.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you're wondering...no, both James Ramsey and Zach Walters are still in AAA.
Houston Astros activated C Evan Gattis from the 15-day Disabled List
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.
While Perkins is sidelined (no date on his return), Kevin Jepsen should get most of the save opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Latest 25-man/40-man Roster
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.