Cord Phelps 2B PHI 11 Hrs
Phelps signed a minor league contract with the Phillies that includes an invite to spring training, Stephen Gross of the Morning Call reports.
Aside from three plate appearances with the Orioles in August, Phelps spent the entire 2014 season at Triple-A Norfolk, batting .259/.361/.388 with five homers and two steals in 99 games. He'll get to compete for a utility role with Philadelphia in spring training, but the 27-year-old seems destined to again spend most of the year as organizational depth in the minors.
Ramon Cabrera C PIT 12 Hrs
Cabrera was released by the Pirates on Monday.
The Pirates took a flier on Cabrera in August, grabbing him on a waiver claim from the Tigers, but he failed to impress in his short time with the club and was ultimately designated for assignment. After passing through waivers unclaimed, Cabrera, a .283/.350/.371 hitter at the Double-A level, is free to seek an opportunity with another organization.
Anthony Swarzak P MIN 12 Hrs
Swarzak was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old took a massive step back in 2014, with his ERA jumping by nearly 170 points, which was in large part due to his regression against right-handed hitters. Opposing right-handers hit .293/.333/.435 against Swarzak, up from .233/.270/.270 in 2013, and it seems the Twins decided his 40-man roster spot would be better used elsewhere. Swarzak has a 4.48 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 439.2 innings at the major league level.
Ross Wolf P TEX 12 Hrs
Wolf signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invite to spring training, the Dallas Morning News reports.
After one season pitching for the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization, Wolf will return to the States, with an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Rangers' bullpen as a non-roster invitee. The right-hander posted a 4.85 ERA over 85.1 innings last season, but that was close to 100 points below the league average in the KBO (5.83 ERA), which introduced a livelier baseball in 2014.
Ezequiel Carrera CF DET 13 Hrs
Carrera declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo and will become a free agent.
Carrera was DFA'd last week after appearing in 45 games for the Tigers last season. He hit .261 with two RBI and three walks in 69 major league at-bats, but his averaged jumped to .307 in 374 at-bats for Toledo. Carrera will hit free agency where he figures to generate mild interest due to his defensive capabilities.
Greg Burke RP TOR 13 Hrs
Burke signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Burke had a similar deal with the Rockies at this time last season, but was unable to crack the Opening Day roster, spending 2014 with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He last saw big league action with the Mets in 2013, when he posted a 5.68 ERA and 8.0 K/9 rate over 31.2 innings.
Scott Carroll SP CWS 14 Hrs
Carroll was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Tuesday.
Carroll's spot on the 40-man roster was needed in order to make Friday's signing of first baseman Adam LaRoche official. Carrol was 5-10 with a 4.80 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 2014, and may garner interest from another team on waivers looking for another bullpen candidate or back-end starter.
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 14 Hrs
Sandoval's signing was made official by the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Multiple reports Monday suggested that Sandoval had agreed to a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million, and the team confirmed the signing Tuesday morning. In a corresponding move, catcher/DH Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment, but the team will have to clear another spot on the 40-man roster once they decide to announce the Hanley Ramirez signing.
Ryan Lavarnway C BOS 14 Hrs
Lavarnway was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The Red Sox made the Pablo Sandoval signing official Tuesday, and thus needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for him. After collecting just 10 plate appearances with the big league club in 2014, Lavarnway was deemed expendable. The team will have to clear another spot once they make the Hanley Ramirez signing official.
Miles Mikolas P TEX 16 Hrs
Mikolas signed a contract to play in Japan in 2015 with the Yomiuri Giants, the Japan Times reports.
Mikolas struggled in the majors in 2014 with a 6.44 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 10 starts. He'll be just 27 next season, so he could return to MLB if a stint in Japan revitalizes his career.