Former Burlington Bees second baseman Kody Eaves was traded to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. In return, the Los Angeles Angels received third baseman Jefry Marte, whom Detroit designated for assignment after inking outfielder Justin Upton to a six-year deal.
Eaves was a Midwest League All-Star in 2014, when he batted .268 with 10 HR, 45 RBI and 25 SB in 130 games with the Burlington Bees. He spent the 2015 season in the California League (High-A), where he batted .248 with 11 HR, 71 RBI and 21 SB in 134 games with the Inland Empire 66ers.
Tigers general manager Al Avila told reporters Eaves will start the 2016 season in Double-A.
Marte did not play in the Midwest League. To make room for him on their 40-man roster, the Angels designated former Dayton Dragons infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment. The Angels selected Torreyes off waivers from the New York Yankees two days earlier.
Torreyes batted .347 with 3 HR, 43 RBI and 12 SB in 73 games with the 2010-11 Dragons. Since playing with the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, he has belonged to six different MLB teams — the Chicago Cubs, the Houston Astros, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Yankees, and the Angels. He played in eight major-league games for the Dodgers last year.
Angels trade Navarro to Orioles
On Tuesday the Angels traded 1B/OF Efren Navarro to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.
Navarro batted .269 with 2 HR and 45 RBI in 94 games with the 2008 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He split the 2015 season between Triple-A and the major-league level.
Brewers sign lefty Capuano
The Milwaukee Brewers signed lefthander Chris Capuano to a minor-league deal Monday. He previously pitched for the Brewers from 2004 to 2010, and most recently pitched for the Yankees, in 2014 and 2015.
As an Arizona Diamondbacks farmhand, Capuano pitched for the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2000. He went 10-4 with a 2.21 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 45 walks in 101.2 innings (18 starts).