1983 December

5th  The Phillies trade veteran 1B Tony Perez to Cincinnati for a player to be named later.

6th  The Pirates trade OF Mike Easler to the Red Sox for lefthanded starter John Tudor.

7th  In a complicated 3-team swap, pitcher Scott Sanderson is traded from the Expos to the Cubs. Montreal receives pitcher Gary Lucas from San Diego, and the Padres get P Craig Lefferts, 1B-OF Carmelo Martinez, and 3B Fritz Connally from Chicago.

      The Mariners trade 2B Tony Bernazard to the Indians for OF Gorman Thomas and IF Jack Perconte.

      The Reds sign their first major free agent: OF Dave Parker, who accepts a 2-year contract.

      The Royals trade P Mike Armstrong and minor league catcher Duane Dewey to the Yankees for slugger Steve Balboni and P Roger Erickson. Balboni will hit 36 homers for the Series-bound Royals in 1985, the last Series winner this century to have anyone hit that many homers.

8th  Dr. Bobby Brown, who played 3B for the Yankees before embarking on a successful medical career, is elected president of the AL by the club owners.

      Ill-advisedly, the Dodgers send pitching prospect Sid Fernandez and SS Ross Jones to the Mets in exchange for utility players Carlos Diaz and Bob Bailor.

13th  Forty-year-old Joe Morgan signs a one-year contract with the Oakland A’s—his 5th club since 1979.

15th  Commissioner Kuhn suspends convicted Kansas City Royals Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, and Jerry Martin, and Dodgers pitcher Steve Howe for one season without pay for their use of illegal drugs. The suspensions will be shortened by an arbitrator and lifted on May 15th.

16th  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.

19th  Cy Young Award winner Vida Blue is sentenced to 90 days in prison, and recently convicted and suspended 1B Willie Aikens is traded by Kansas City to Toronto for DH Jorge Orta.

      The Pirates sign free-agent OF Amos Otis, a 5-time AL All-Star, to a one-year contract.

      The Tigers sign free-agent slugger Darrell Evans, who hit .277 with 30 home runs for the Giants in 1983.

22nd  Free-agent reliever Kent Tekulve re-signs with the Pirates. In 1983 he had 18 saves and a 1.64 ERA for Pittsburgh.

      Pete Rose wins a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and is awarded a $36,083 tax refund for 1978.

28th  Free-agent OF Warren Cromartie signs a reported 3-year, $2.5 million contract to play for Japan’s Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The 30-year-old Cromartie, who hit .278 for the Expos last season, is the best American player to jump to Japan while still in his prime.