Transactions involving minor league players, i.e. those not on 40-man rosters, for the period Feb. 17-24. All transactions conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball.
Signed: LHP Jorge de la Rosa
Signed: OF Sanders Commings
The Braves signed 27-year-old former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings to a minor league contract that includes a $100,000 bonus. He played high school ball in Augusta, Ga., when the Diamondbacks made him a 37th-round pick in 2008. Commings didn’t sign with Arizona and instead concentrated on football at the University of Georgia before turning pro as a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Ken Rosental of Fox Sports summarizes Commings’ effort to break into pro baseball. “I love baseball,” Commings told Rosenthal. “It’s a sport I’ve loved my whole life.”
Signed: LHP Chris Jones, 2B Austin Leyritz (Birmingham-Bloomfield (United Shore)), 3B Chris Johnson, OF Michael Bourn (re-signed), OF Michael Choice, OF Craig Gentry
Released: RHP Barry Jhonson, 3B Aderlin Santa
Traded: RHP Ryan Moseley to Dodgers for LHP Vidal Nuno
Boston Red Sox
Signed: RHP Hector Velazquez (Monclova (Mexican))
The Red Sox signed rubber-armed, 28-year-old righthander Hector Velazquez, a seven-year veteran of the Mexican League, and invited him to big league camp. He pitched 131 innings from April to August during the Mexican League regular season and then completed 85 more innings from October through December in the winter Mexican Pacific League. On top of that workload, Velazquez made one playoff start in the ML and four starts, totaling 23 innings, in the MPL.
Velazquez has followed this pitching routine in each of his seven pro seasons. He enjoyed his highest level of success last year, when he ranked fifth in the Mexican League in ERA (2.47), second in strikeouts (120), fourth in opponent average (.236) and first in walk rate by a starter (1.0 per nine…