As teams begin to make their final moves to shore up big league rosters, they also have to keep their minor league depth in mind should everything turn upside down.
Here's the weekend's rundown of minor league news, notes and moves:
Rangers trade Kyle Hudson to Tampa Bay | Postcards From Elysian Fields
The Rangers traded outfielder Kyle Hudson to Tampa Bay for future considerations. Hudson was signed this off-season as a center fielder to a Minor League contract but the Rangers don’t have room for him at Triple A.
Yankees release, then re-sign Branyan | Bombers Beat
The Yankees announced that they released infielder Russell Branyan from his Minor League contract. After he became a free agent, the Yankees then re-signed Branyan to a new Minor League contract.
Pirates Trade Brett Lorin To Diamondbacks For Robby Rowland | Bucs Dugout
The Pirates have acquired minor-league pitcher Robby Rowland from the Diamondbacks for Brett Lorin. Lorin presumably cleared waivers and had to be offered back to the Bucs.
The Phillies traded Matt Rizzotti, once considered a fringe prospect, to the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations Friday.
The Pirates traded right-hander Ryota Igarashi to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash. Igarashi, 32, allowed nine runs in 9 1/3 innings this spring as a non-roster invitee. The Pirates re-assigned Igarashi to minor league camp Thursday.
The #Marlins released minor league OF Marquise Cooper, their third-round pick in 2009.