» The Mets agree to terms on a 3-year contract with free agent P Mike Stanton.
The Braves obtain P Ray King from the Brewers in exchange for IF Wes Helms and P John Foster.
The Cardinals sign free agent C Joe Girardi to a contract.
The Orioles sign free agent SS Deivi Cruz to a contract.
The Padres sign free agent IF Mark Loretta to a contract.
The Ortizes move. The Twins released 1B David Ortiz yesterday and today the Giants trade P Russ Ortiz to the Braves for P Damian Moss and minor league P Manuel Mateo.
» The Red Sox acquire P Dustin Hermanson from the Cardinals in exchange for three minor leaguers—OF Rick Asadoorian and 1Bs Luis Garcia and Dustin Brisson.
The busy Mets make another deal, obtaining P Shawn Estes from the Giants in exchange for OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo and now expendable infielder Desi Relaford. They also sign free agent P Pedro Astacio, suffering from a torn labrum, to a one year contract worth $5 million.
» The Indians sign free agent P Chuck Finley to a 3-year contract.
The Brewers sign free agent IF Jose Hernandez to a 3-year contract.
The Cardinals sign free agent C Mike Matheny to a contract.
» The Athletics sign free agent C Mike Macfarlane.
» The Tigers trade 2B Mark Lewis to the Giants for 1B Jesse Ibarra.
The Rangers sign free agent P John Wetteland to a 4-year contract worth $23 million. Wetteland had 43 saves for the Yankees this year.
» The Giants name Dusty Baker as manager to replace Roger Craig.
The Marlins sign free agent C Benito Santiago to a 2-year contract. Santiago, who went 272 games with the Padres without a passed ball, will have 11 this year trying to catch Charlie Hough.
» George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin as manager of the Yankees for the 3rd time, replacing him with Yogi Berra and giving Martin a front-office job.
» Tom Seaver agrees to a new contract with the Mets, completing a trade that sends him back to New York from Cincinnati. The Reds receive pitcher Charlie Puleo and minor leaguers Lloyd McClendon and Jason Felice for the 3-time Cy Young Award winner, who was 5-13 with a 5.50 ERA in 1982. Seaver will surprise the Reds by winning 47 more games before hanging it up in 1986.
» Court proceedings in Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Commissioner Kuhn begin in Chicago. At issue is Kuhn's voiding of Finley's attempted player sales in June. The proceedings will take 15 days, and the decision will take three months.
The Reds swap popular 1B Tony Perez and P Will McEnaney to the Expos for pitchers Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray.
» The Reds land their 5th pitcher of the month when they acquire Harvey Haddix from the Phillies for OF Wally Post. A week ago they swapped pitchers with the Pirates, picking up veteran Bob Purkey for Don Gross.
» In a ten-player trade, the Yankees send 1B Vic Power, infielders Jimmy Finigan and Don Bollweg, OF Bill Renna, C Jim Robertson, and P John Gray to the A's. Philadelphia packs veteran 1B Eddie Robinson, Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, and outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro to New York. Byrd, who won 26 games in two years for the A's, will never match his wins in New York. The stylish Power, the American Association batting leader in 1953, will win seven Gold Gloves and make the All-Star team four times.
» The White Sox ship P Jack Knott to the A's for INF Dario Lodigiani.
» Judge Landis is given a new 7-year term as commissioner with a raise to $65,000.
» The Eastern Colored League (chartered as the Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs) is formally organized. The league will complete five seasons before folding in midsummer of 1928.
» The Cubs trade OF Jack McCarthy and Billy Maloney, 3B Doc Casey, and pitcher Buttons Briggs to Brooklyn for Jimmy Sheckard, who will take over LF for the National League champions of the next three years.
» The PL is formally organized with Colonel E.A. McAlpin of New York as president. The league will not allow player transfers without the player's consent, excess profits will be split between the capitalists and the players, and prize money will be awarded to the teams in the order of their finish.