╗ The Mets send recently-acquired OF David Justice and $1.2 million to the Oakland A's in exchange for Ps Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates.
A federal judge upholds an arbitrator's decision that ordered major league baseball to rehire nine of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs following a failed mass resignation two years ago.
╗ The White Sox obtain SS Royce Clayton from the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack. Clayton became expendable with the signing of A-Rod.
The Expos obtain 3B Fernando Tatis and P Britt Reames from the Cardinals for pitchers Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline. The Cards, snubbed by Mike Hampton, pick up a starter in Hermanson. Tatis missed 54 games after an April 29 groin injury.
The Astros sign free agent P Mike Jackson to a contract.
╗ The Pirates sign free agent OF Wil Cordero to a 3-year contract worth $9 million.
The Royals sign free agent C Brian Johnson to a contract.
15th In a swap of unrelated Everetts, the Red Sox obtain OF Carl Everett from the Astros in exchange for SS Adam Everett and P Greg Miller.
The Royals obtain OF Todd Dunwoody from the Marlins in exchange for 1B Sean McNally.
╗ The Twins trade OF Alex Ochoa to the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named.
The Mets trade OF Butch Huskey to the Mariners in exchange for minor league P Lesli Brea.
The Cubs trade OF Brant Brown, whose error on September 24th almost cost the Cubs a playoff spot, to the Pirates in exchange for P Jon Lieber.
The Cardinals acquire SS Edgar Renteria from the Marlins in exchange for SS Pablo Ozuna and pitchers Armando Almanza and Braden Looper.
Tigers sign free agent C Bill Haselman to a 2-year contract.
The Royals sign free agent C Chad Kreuter.
╗ The Red Sox sign veteran OF Shane Mack to a one-year deal. Mack played the last two seasons in Japan.
╗ The Indians sign free agent P Jack McDowell to a 2-year contract.
The Mets sign free agent OF Lance Johnson to a 2-year contract.
The Orioles sign free agent P Randy Myers to a 2-year contract.
The Red Sox sign free agent C Mike Stanley.
The Marlins sign free agent P Al Leiter to a 3-year contract.
The Rangers sign free agent OF Darryl Hamilton.
The Cardinals trade pitchers Allan Watson, Rich DeLucia and Doug Creek to the Giants in exchange for SS Royce Clayton.
╗ The Yankees obtain P Jack McDowell from the White Sox in exchange for minor league P Keith Heberling and a player to be named.
The Phillies sign free agent IF Gregg Jefferies to a 4-year contract.
The Indians obtain IF/OF Tim Costo from the Reds in exchange for SS Mark Lewis.
Labor talks headed by federal mediator Bill Usery break down.
╗ The Giants trade veteran 2B Joe Morgan and reliever Al Holland to the Phillies for pitchers Mike Krukow and Mark Davis and minor leaguer Charles Penigar.
The Cardinals swap blue ribbon prospects Bobby Meacham and Stan Javier to the Yankees for three minor leaguers. Some observers think this is a lagniappe to New York for sending Willie McGee to the Cardinals last year in exchange for P Bob Sykes.
╗ The Red Sox trade P Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers for P John Poloni and cash. Jenkins, who supposedly had to be awakened in the bullpen on September 17 and never pitched after that, will partially regain his form in Texas, averaging 15 wins a year for the next three seasons.
╗ Relief specialist Rollie Fingers signs with the San Diego Padres.
╗ St. Louis OF Herman Hill drowns in the Caribbean, near Valencia, Venezuela, at age 25. He had been traded from the Twins on October 20th.
╗ The Cards send Walt "no neck" Williams and P Don Dennis to the White Sox for C John Romano and P Lee White. Williams hit .330 in each of the past two seasons at Tulsa.
╗ Eddie Stanky is signed to manage the White Sox.
╗ St. Louis trades P Roger Craig and OF Charlie James to the Reds for P Bob Purkey.
╗ The Pirates swap Harvey Haddix to the Orioles for infielder Dick Yencha and cash.
╗ Roger Maris' request for a $75,000 contract is denied by Yankee GM Roy Hamey. Hamey trades C Jess Gonder to the Reds for lefty Marshall Bridges.
╗ The Angels and new Senators each select 28 players from a pool of American League talent. Among Los Angeles selections are P Dean Chance, SS Jim Fregosi, 1B Ted Kluszewski, and RF Albie Pearson. Washington selections include P Bobby Shantz, LF Chuck Hinton, OF Gene Woodling, and P Hal Woodeshick.
╗ Detroit's Harvey Kuenn is voted American League Rookie of the Year. Kuenn hit .308 for the season.
╗ The baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), and Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select a new commissioner as rapidly as possible.
╗ In a major trade, the Giants get Alvin Dark and Eddie Stanky from the Braves in a swap for Willard Marshall, Sid Gordon, Buddy Kerr, and Sam Webb.
The Cubs send P Bill Voiselle and $35,000 to the Braves for infielder Gene Mauch. The Cubs had hoped to come away with Warren Spahn or John Antonelli.
╗ The Indians send Eddie Klieman, Eddie Robinson, and P Joe Haynes, acquired from the White Sox three weeks earlier for C Joe Tipton, to Washington for Early Wynn and Mickey Vernon. Vernon will go back to the Nats in 1950 but Wynn will stay in Cleveland for nine seasons and 163 wins.
The Cubs send Eddie Waitkus and Hank Borowy to the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Monk Dubiel and Dutch Leonard. Leonard, the veteran knuckleballer, led the National League in losses this past season with 18.
╗ The major leagues agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Landis will decide on 25. The National League grants Cincinnati its season opener a day before the rest of the league in recognition of baseball's 100th anniversary and the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. The American League permits Cleveland and Philadelphia to play night games. Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president.
╗ Fred Marberry resigns as American League umpire to sign with the Giants as a pitcher.
╗ Washington's Goose Goslin is traded for Johnny Stone of the Tigers.
The Browns acquire OF Smead Jolley, P Ivy Andrews, and $40,000 from the Red Sox for P Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley, plus SS Jim Levey, and P Wally Hebert to Hollywood (PCL) for SS Alan Strange. Strange will go to Washington for veteran SS Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey, meanwhile, will return east in the fall to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will play halfback for three seasons.
╗ William A. Heydler is elected to another 4-year term as president of the National League.
The Senators swap Sam West, Carl Reynolds, and Lloyd Brown, along with $20,000, for former Senator Goose Goslin, lefthander Walter Stewart, and OF Fred Schulte. They also get Earl Whitehill from Detroit for Firpo Marberry and Carl Fischer.
╗ In a joint meeting, the ban on nonwaiver trades after June 15th is approved. The National League favors a 50-player limit until June 15th, the American League votes for 40. Judge Landis breaks the deadlock in favor of 40. Compensation of World Series umpires is changed from a percentage of the players' pool to a flat $2,000.
Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer's decision in the Ty Cobb case, the national baseball writers' group meets and votes to back the New York group's protest. Fred Lieb, who had filled in the AP box score giving Cobb the disputed hit, asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers, who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.
╗ Connie Mack and the A's need money. He sells P Joe Bush, C Wally Schang, and OF Amos Strunk to the Red Sox for soreľarmed P Vean Gregg, OF Merlin Kopp, C Pinch Thomas, and $60,000. Bush must be happy as he lost 14 straight to the Red Sox (6/2/14ľ7/5/17).
╗ The Cubs swap OF Joe Kelly to the Braves for coach Fred Mitchell, who will become Chicago's new manager.
╗ Former Giants mascot (and "pitcher") Charlie "Victory" Faust is confined to the Western Hospital for the Insane. He will die there of pulminary tuberculosis on June 15, 1915.
╗ Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the World Series be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, 10 percent of the gross has gone to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the two pennant-winning clubs. The National League will pass the resolution and send it to the American League. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first four clubs a percentage of the World Series money.
The Earned Run Average is adopted as an offical statistic.
╗ The Phillies send RHP Chick Fraser and 3B Harry Wolverton to Boston (National League) for RHP Togie Pittinger.
╗ Suffering from too much infighting and no leadership, four National League clubs elect A.G. Spalding as president. Two days later, a court voids the election and enjoins him from serving, and he will eventually quit.
╗ Suffering from a drop in attendance in 1900, National League owners vote to cut costs with a 16-player limit after May 1. The PPA claims the move is aimed at pressuring players into signing by shrinking the number of jobs.
╗ At its first annual convention, the AA establishes the first permanent staff of umpires in ML history. Previously, the National League and AA umpires were local men hired on game day by the home club.