Brewers sign Aaron Laffey
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal, according to a tweet from the team's official player development account. MLBDailyDish's Chris Cotillo has learned that the 28-year old will report to Triple-A Nashville after opting out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers on July 1st. Milwaukee will be Laffey's fourth organization of the season, joining the Dodgers, Mets and Blue Jays. He appeared in five major league games for New York and Toronto at the beginning of the season and posted a 7.11 ERA in 12.2 innings of work. With the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, the former Indian was 4-3 with a 5.61 ERA in 11 starts.
Yankees release Josh Bell
The New York Yankees have released infielder Josh Bell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune. Bell, 26, was released earlier in the year by the White Sox and signed with the Yankees in May. In 52 games with Triple-A Charlotte and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on the year, he is hitting .226 with 5 HR and 21 RBI. Bell has appeared in the majors in each of the last three seasons with the Orioles (2010-2011) and Diamondbacks (2012).
Angels sign Drew Carpenter
The Los Angeles Angels signed right-handed pitcher Drew Carpenter to a minor league deal, according to MLB.com's official transactions page. The 28-year old was released by the Colorado Rockies on June 29th. The Angels will be his third organization on the season, joining the Rockies and Cubs, who traded him to Colorado on May 10th. In 15 starts between the Cubs' and Rockies' Triple-A affiliates, Carpenter is 3-7 with a 6.96 ERA in 75 innings of work. He has 23 games of major league experience with the Phillies (2008-2011), Padres (2011), and Blue Jays (2012), and is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA in 33.1 innings of major league work. He will likely head to Triple-A Salt Lake for the Angels.
Pirates acquire Brian Bocock
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired shortstop Brian Bocock from the Washington Nationals, according to an announcement from the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate. Bocock is the player to be named later in the May 17th deal that sent catcher Brian Jeroloman to the Nationals organization. In 22 games with Triple-A Syracuse on the year, Bocock is hitting .182 with 2 RBI. The former Giant (2008) and Phillie (2010) has hit .134 with 2 RBI in 38 career major league games. Bocock will join Triple-A Indianapolis and serve as organizational depth for the Pirates.