3rd In what is rated their best trade ever, the Royals send 3B Joe Foy to the Mets for OF Amos Otis and P Bob Johnson. Foy will not solve the Mets’ 3B problems, while Otis will spend 14 years in Kansas City, win 3 gold gloves, and lead the AL in stolen bases once.
4th The Yankees trade 1B Joe Pepitone to the Astros for 1B Curt Blefary.
The Cubs send OF Boots Day to the Cardinals for P Rich Nye.
The Yankees send veteran P Al Downing and C Frank Fernandez to Oakland for 1B Danny Cater and C Ossie Chavarria.
5th Chub Feeney succeeds Warren Giles as president of the NL. He is elected for a 4-year term, beginning January 1, 1970.
12th Cleveland trades pitchers Luis Tiant and Stan Williams to the Twins for 3B Graig Nettles, OF Ted Uhlaender, and pitchers Dean Chance and Bob Miller. Tiant led the AL in ERA (1.60) and shutouts in 1968 while going 21–9; this past year he reversed that to 9–20. Williams will win his first 9 for the Twins and Tiant will win his first six before being sidelined with a sore shoulder.
The Mets pick up veteran P Ray Sadecki and OF Dave Marshall from the Giants for OF Jim Gosger and IF Bob Heise.
13th The Red Sox send 1B Syd O’Brien and pitcher Billy Farmer and cash to the White Sox for P Gary Peters and C Don Pavletich. Boston also picks up 3B Tom Matchick from the Tigers for Dalton Jones. Farmer will announce his retirement and in March the White Sox will replace him with P Jerry Jarneski.
15th The National Labor Relations Board accepts the case of fired umpires Valentine and Salerno, thereby issuing a challenge to baseball’s antitrust status.
18th The White Sox send veteran LH slugger Pete Ward to the Yankees for P Mickey Scott and cash.
29th The New YorkTimesreports that Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause.