Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Braves agree to terms with free agent INF Chris Woodward on a 1-year contract.
The Padres sign free agent 2B Marcus Giles to a contract.
The Phillies agree to a 1-year deal with free agent C Rod Barajas.
The Yankees sign free agent CF Johnny Damon to a 4 year‚ $52 million contract. Damon spurns the Red Sox offer for less as his agent lowers the demand for a 7-year contract to 4 years. The Red Sox will reciprocate by inking Yankee backup catcher John Flaherty. The Sox also sign free agent P Rudy Seanez to a 1 year‚ $2.1 million contract‚ with an option for 2007.
The Padres trade pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka and minor league C Billy Killian to the Rangers for P Chris Young‚ the recently acquired OF Terrmel Sledge and 1B Adrian Gonzalez.
The Cardinals sign P Sidney Ponson to a 1 year contract.
The Cubs sign free agent Twins RF Jacque Jones to a 3 year‚ $16 million contract.
The Orioles sign free agent 1B-LF Jeff Conine to a 1 year $1.7 million contract with an option for 2007.
The Reds re-sign C Jason LaRue to a 2 year‚ $9.1 million contract‚ to avoid salary arbitration. The Reds also sign free agent P Chris Hammond to a 1 year‚ $800‚000 contract‚ with a mutual option for 2007.
The Royals trade OF Matt Diaz to the Braves for minor league P Ricardo Rodriguez.
The Orioles obtain IF Chris Gomez from the Phillies for cash. They also sign free agent P Steve Kline to a 2-year contract.
The Reds sign free agent P Kent Mercker to a 2-year contract.
The Angels sign free agent SS Orlando Cabrera to a 4-year contract.
The Rockies and Mariners exchange pitchers‚ with Aaron Taylor going to Colorado and Sean Green to Seattle.
The Dodgers sign free agent SS Jose Valentin to a contract.
The Padres acquire OF Dave Roberts from the Red Sox‚ sending OF Jay Payton‚ IF Ramon Vazquez‚ and P David Pauley to Boston.
The Rockies sign free agent OF Jeromy Burnitz to a contract.
The Mets sign free agent OF Cliff Floyd to a 4-year contract.
The Braves trade P Kevin Millwood to the Phillies for C Johnny Estrada. Meanwhile‚ according to Braves GM John Schuerholz‚ "The economics in baseball stink. The economics stink‚ and if this isn't a clear enough signal to the doubters and naysayers‚ to be forced to trade an 18-game winner to your arch enemy . . . The economics stink."
The Cubs sign free agent P Shawn Estes to a contract.
The White Sox sign free agent C Sandy Alomar to a contract.
The Blue Jays sign free agent SS Mike Bordick to a contract.
The Braves sign free agent P Albie Lopez to a 1-year contract.
The Dodgers sign free agent P Hideo Nomo to a 2-year contract. It is Nomo's second tour of duty with the Dodgers‚ whom he first played for in 1995. Nomo posted an AL-high 220 strikeouts‚ the league's lowest high mark in a non-shortened season since Bert Blyleven's 206 in 1985.
The limited partners of the Red Sox vote unanimously to sell the team to a group led by Florida Marlins owner John Henry and former Padres owner Tom Werner. The $660 million price‚ plus an assumption of $40 in debt‚ would double the record price for a baseball team.
The Brewers trade 2B Fernando Vina to the Cardinals for P Juan Acevedo and 2 minor leaguers to be named.
The Devil Rays sign free agent OF Gerald Williams to a 2-year contract.
The Expos sign free agent P Graeme Lloyd to a 3-year contract.
The Cubs sign SS Ricky Gutierrez to a 2-year contract.
The Mariners sign free agent 2B Mark McLemore and OF Stan Javier to contracts.
The Blue Jays send 1B John Olerud and his $5 million contract to the Mets for pitcher Robert Person. The move leaves 1B open for Joe Carter.
The Orioles sign free agent IF-OF B.J. Surhoff to a 3-year contract.
The Astros trade P Dave Veres and minor league C Raul Chavez to the Expos in exchange for 3B Sean Berry.
The Indians trade SS Felix Fermin and 1B Reggie Jefferson to the Mariners in exchange for SS Omar Vizquel.
The Yankees sign free agent OF Luis Polonia.
The Athletics trade SS Kurt Abbott to the Marlins in exchange for OF Kerwin Moore.
The Chicago White Sox sign veteran knuckler Charlie Hough a free agent. Hough spent every year of the 70's with the Dodgers and every year of the 1980s with Texas.
Six months after obtaining him from the Phillies‚ the Mets trade 2B-OF Juan Samuel to the Dodgers for 1B Mike Marshall and P Alejandro Pena.
Willard Mullin 76 the nation's top sports cartoonist and creator of the "Brooklyn Bum" dies at Corpus Christi TX.
Don Blasingame is named manager of the Hanshin Tigers the first American not of Japanese descent to lead a Japanese team.
The Yankees acquire SS Dick Howser from Cleveland for minor leaguer Gil Downs and cash.
Charles O. Finley buys the 52 percent of the A's in the late Arnold Johnson's estate.
With the trade for Al Lopez‚ the Indians send young catcher Sherm Lollar and 2B Ray Mack to the Yankees for minor league P Gene Bearden‚ P Al Gettel‚ and OF Hal Peck. Peck never played for New York after they acquired him in June. Lollar will play just 33 games in 2 years‚ while Mack is swapped after one game. Bearden‚ as a rookie knuckleballer in 1948‚ will win 20 games and the lead the AL in ERA.
Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics from the Shibe family at the price of $42000 for 141 shares.
The White Sox sell veteran C Luke Sewell to Brooklyn.
Bill Carrigan has had enough of managing the Red Sox. He quits and Heinie Wagner signs on for a year.
In probably the biggest player-for-player trade to date‚ Rogers Hornsby is traded from the Cardinals to the New York Giants for Frankie Frisch and P Jimmy Ring. Hornsby‚ after 12 years in St. Louis‚ will play for 3 teams in the next 3 years. Hornsby and owner Sam Breadon had had an increasingly stormy relationship‚ and feelings between Frankie Frisch and John McGraw were equally as bad. Thirty years later‚ Hornsby will call the trade "the biggest disappointment in my life."
At the ML meetings‚ the AL votes to return to the best-of-7 World Series; the NL votes to keep the best-of-9 format. Judge Landis casts the deciding vote‚ and the best-of-7 format is reinstated.
The Yankees raid Boston again‚ and come away with P Bullet Joe Bush‚ SS Everett Scott‚ and P Sad Sam Jones in exchange for SS Roger Peckinpaugh (who goes on to Washington)‚ pitchers Jack Quinn‚ Rip Collins‚ and Bill Piercy‚ and $50‚000.
The last-place Phillies send minor-league 1B Del Howard to Pittsburgh for Moose McCormick‚ Otto Krueger and 1B Kitty Bransfield.
After a two-year absence from the majors‚ pitcher Kid Nichols signs as player/ manager of the Cardinals. He will win 21 himself‚ but the team will finish 4th.
In an unpopular trade in Boston‚ the Americans send Long Tom Hughes to the Highlanders for lefty Jesse Tannehill. Hughes‚ 20-7 for the champs‚ had jumped to the AL from the NL Chicago team in 1902. Hughes will come up short in New York and be shipped to Washington in July‚ while Tannehill will win 20 for the Hubmen.
Toledo is admitted to the AA.
Papers are served on Charlie Buffinton and Bill Hallman for allegedly breaking their contracts with Philadelphia (NL). This will be the first of many battles between the PL and NL.
The St. Louis Maroons announce that Jerry Denny‚ Dude Esterbrook‚ Paul Hines‚ and George Myers are to play for them in 1886. Denny and Myers do so‚ but Esterbrook stays with the Giants and Hines goes to the newly formed Washington Nationals.