Minor League Deal Tracker: Miguel Sano Has Pact With Angels; Sandy Leon Gets Shot With Royals

Miguel Sanó of the Minnesota Twins celebrates a walk-off hit against the Detroit Tigers on April 26, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

Miguel Sano Signs Minor League Contract With Los Angeles Angels – Sano, 30, was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, and played eight seasons in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins from 2015-22. 

Sano played with Estrellas Orientales in LIDOM during the 2023-24 winter league season, and in 27 games, he batted .225 with 107 plate appearances and 20 hits, 10 doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI, 14 walks, and 30 strikeouts. 

Sano did not sign with a MLB organization for the 2023 season. 

RHP Dylan File Signed With Arizona Diamondbacks – File, 27, was born in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and has played five seasons in the minor leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers organization from 2016-22 and was with the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization during the 2023 season. 

Last season, File was struck by a line drive in a spring training game in Australia last February with the Doosan Bears, and was diagnosed with elbow soreness before being released by the organization on June 8, 2023. 

File started two games with the Doosan Bears in 2023 and posted a 0-1 record with an 8.00 ERA, throwing nine innings and allowing 10 hits, eight earned runs, two home runs, five walks, and two strikeouts. 

During his five seasons in the minors, File has a lifetime record of 34-29 with a 4.04 ERA in 102 appearances and 90 starts, throwing 495 innings and allowing 520 hits, 222 earned runs, 52 home runs, 113 walks, 427 strikeouts, and a 1.279 WHIP. 

RHP Dakota Chalmers Signed a Minor League Contract With Arizona Diamondbacks – Chalmers, 27, was born in Snellville, Ga., and played seven seasons in the minor leagues from 2015-22 with the Oakland Athletics, the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chalmers also played with the Gastonia Honey Hunters in the Atlantic League during the 2022 regular season. 

Chalmers was a free agent during the 2023 season. 

In 2022 in Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization, Chalmers appeared in 13 games, posting a 1-0 record with an 8.31 ERA, throwing 13 innings and allowing 15 hits, 12 earned runs, one home run, 19 walks, and 15 strikeouts before being released on July 27, 2022. 

Chalmers was acquired by the Gastonia Honey Hunters on Aug. 2, 2022, and appeared in 11 games with seven starts throwing 38 innings going 1-2 with a 6.87 ERA allowing 37 hits, 29 earned runs, eight home runs, 30 walks, 51 strikeouts, and a 1.763 WHIP. 

During Chalmers’ seven seasons in the minor leagues, he is 12-13, throwing 240.1 innings with a 4.83 ERA in 81 appearances and 56 starts, allowing 182 hits, 129 earned runs, 24 home runs, 184 walks, 278 strikeouts, and a 1.523 WHIP. 

Venezuelan Veteran Catcher Sandy Leon Signed A Minor League Contract With Kansas City Royals – Leon, 34, was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and played 12 seasons in MLB with the Washington Nationals from 2012-14, the Boston Red Sox from 2015-19, the Cleveland Indians in 2020, the Miami Marlins in 2021, the Cleveland Guardians in 2022, the Minnesota Twins in 2022, and the Texas Rangers in 2023. 

Leon played with the Tigres de Aragua in the Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional during the 2023-24 winter league season. In 34 games, he batted .163 over 118 plate appearances with 16 hits, five doubles, 11 RBI, 14 walks, and 15 strikeouts. 

Leon elected free agency from the Rangers organization on June 23, 2023, and signed a minor league contract with Cleveland on July 1. 

Last season, Leon played with Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers organization and Triple-A Columbus in the Guardians organization. In 20 games, he batted .230 with 14 hits, three doubles, two home runs, five RBI, 14 walks, and 14 strikeouts. 

With the Texas, Leon played in 22 games, batting .146 withsix hits, two doubles, four RBI, one walk, and 20 strikeouts. 

In Leon’s 12 seasons in MLB, he has a lifetime average of .208 playing in 557 games with 1,729 plate appearances with 322 hits, 62 doubles, two triples, 31 home runs, 149 RBI, 133 walks, 455 strikeouts and a .586 OPS. 

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