Three players who were in the Midwest League this year were traded in separate transactions late last week.
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded RHP Curtis Taylor to the Tampa Bay Rays for former closer Brad Boxberger, who led the American League with 41 saves in 2015. Taylor spent the 2017 season with the Kane County Cougars, for whom he went 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA, 68 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62.1 innings (13 starts).
The Los Angeles Angels traded LHP Justin Kelly to the Atlanta Braves for former closer Jim Johnson and international signing bonus allocation. Johnson led the majors in saves in 2012 and 2013, when he pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. Kelly pitched at five different levels in the Angels farm system in 2017; that included time in the Midwest League. He went 2-3 with a 2.43 ERA, two saves, 26 strikeouts and 11 walks in 29.2 innings (11 games/three starts) for the Burlington Bees.
The Toronto Blue Jays traded outfielder J.B. Woodman to the St. Louis Cardinals for major-league shortstop Aledmys Diaz. Woodman spent the 2017 season in the Midwest League, where he batted .240 with seven homers, 19 doubles, 45 runs batted in, and 157 strikeouts in 96 games with the Lansing Lugnuts.
Castillo signs with White Sox
Former Peoria Chiefs catcher Welington Castillo signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. The deal includes an $8 million club option for the 2020 season.
Castillo batted .271 with 11 HR and 44 RBI in 98 games with the 2007 Chiefs. He has played in the major leagues for the Chicago Cubs, the Seattle Mariners, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Baltimore Orioles.