4th Detroit trades Bob Sykes and Jack Murphy to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jerry Morales and Aurelio Lopez.
The Twins trade Dan Ford to the California Angels in exchange for Ron Jackson and Danny Goodwin. Goodwin, twice picked number one in the Amateur Draft, will flirt with the Mendoza line in his 3 years with the Twins, while Jackson will fare better. Ford will have an outstanding 1978 season.
5th The White Sox trade C Brian Downing and pitchers Chris Knapp and Dave Frost to the Angels for outfielders Bobby Bonds and Thad Bosley, and minor league P Rich Dotson. Downing will rise in LA, Bonds will default, and Dotson will have several great years in Chicago.
7th In a swap that helps Baltimore, the Orioles trade pitchers Rudy May, Randy Miller, and Bryn Smith to the Expos for pitchers Don Stanhouse, Joe Kerrigan, and OF Gary Roenicke.
8th The Rangers engineer a series of deals with the Braves, Mets, and Pirates, unloading a total of 6 players and getting 3 in return. Among those involved are 1B Willie Montanez (to New York), Bert Blyleven (Pittsburgh), and Al Oliver (Texas).
The Red Sox acquire Jerry Remy from California for pitcher Don Aase and cash.
9th The Brewers trade pitchers Jim Slaton and Rich Folkers to the Tigers for OF Ben Oglivie. The Mariners trade OF Dave Collins to the Reds for P Shane Rawley.
The A’s and Reds announce a deal that will send P Vida Blue to Cincinnati for OF Dave Revering and $1.75 million cash. Commissioner Kuhn will invalidate the deal on January 30, contending that too much money is involved and there would be a competitive imbalance created. He later sets a limit of $400,000 as the maximum that can be exchanged between teams.
14th 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 3 seasons.
21st Free Agent Orioles pitcher Ross Grimsley signs with the Expos. Grimsley will reward Montreal with a 20-game winning season in 1978. Free agent Rick Miller signs with the Angels.