2001 December

1st The Mets sign star Japanese P Satoru Komiyama to a one-year contract. The 36-year-old Komiyama was a 7-time All-Star in Japan, but there’s not much left in the tank.

3rd The Phillies sign free agent OF Brian Hunter to a two-year contract.

4th The Orioles sign free agent OF Marty Cordova to a three-year contract.

6th Major league baseball reportedly gives John Henry permission to sell the Florida Marlins to Montreal Expos owner, Jeffrey Loria. The Expos are expected to be either contracted or taken over by Major League Baseball, which would buy the team from Loria in case contraction is aborted, leaving him an opportunity to own the Marlins.

7th Figures released by major league baseball show that the Milwaukee Brewers were baseball’s most profitable club, after revenue sharing, in 2001. Without revenue sharing, the Brewers were the fourth-most profitable team.

The Mets send 3B Robin Ventura to the Yankees in exchange for OF David Justice. It is the first deal between the two New York teams in 8 years.

The Blue Jays trade closer Billy Koch to the A’s. In return, Toronto gets minor league 3B Eric Hinske and minor league P Justin Miller.

The Orioles sign free agent OF Brady Anderson to a one-year contract.

8th The Yankees sign free agent P Steve Karsay to a four-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent 3B Vinny Castilla to a two-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent C Gregg Zaun to a two-year contract.

10th The Blue Jays send SS Alex Gonzalez to the Cubs in exchange for P Felix Heredia and a player to be named. The Cubs make the move after talks with SS Ricky Gutierrez reached an impasse 3 days ago, and the team elected not to go to arbitration. Gonzalez just completed the first year of a four-year $19 million contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent P Jason Isringhausen to a four-year contract.

11th The Mets obtain 12-time All-Star Roberto Alomar in an 8-player deal with the Indians. In addition to Alomar, New York also receives P Mike Bacsik and OF-1B Danny Peoples. Cleveland gets outfielders Matt Lawton and bluechip prospect Alex Escobar, P Jerrod Riggan, and pitching prospect Billy Traber.

In a swap of outfielders, the Reds send Dmitri Young to the Tigers in exchange for Juan Encarnacion. Cincinnati also gets pitcher Luis Pineda in the deal.

The Mariners and Padres complete a 6-player deal that sends P Brett Tomko, SS Ramon Vazquez, and C Tom Lampkin to San Diego. C Ben Davis, IF Alex Arias, and P Wascar Serrano move on to Seattle.

Former USC P Mark Prior wins the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the US. Prior signed a five-year contract with the Cubs after being selected in the June draft.

The Rangers sign free agent P Jay Powell to a three-year contract.

12th The Diamondbacks sign free agent OF Jose Guillen to a one-year contract.

13th The Yankees sign free agent All-Star 1B Jason Giambi to a 7-year, $120 million contract. In another move, New York acquired OF John Vander Wal from San Francisco in exchange for P Jay Witasick. For the oft-traveled Witasick, it is his second stint with the Padres.

The Dodgers obtain P Paul Quantrill and IF Cesar Izturis from the Blue Jays in exchange for pitchers Luke Prokopec and Chad Ricketts.

The Pirates send P Todd Ritchie and C Lee Evans to the White Sox. In return, Pittsburgh gets pitchers Kip Wells, Sean Lowe, and Josh Fogg.

The Red Sox send troubled OF Carl Everett to the Rangers in exchange for P Darren Oliver.

The Phillies trade P Chris Brock to the Orioles for P John Wasdin.

The Mets sign free agent OF Roger Cedeno to a four-year, $18 million contract and free agent P David Weathers to a three-year pact worth $9.4 million.

The Tigers sign free agent IF-OF Craig Paquette to a two-year contract.

14th The Mets send recently acquired OF David Justice and $1.2 million to the Oakland A’s in exchange for pitchers Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates.

A federal judge upholds an arbitrator’s decision that ordered major league baseball to rehire nine of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs following a failed mass resignation two years ago.

15th The Mariners get 2-time All-Star 3B Jeff Cirillo from the Rockies in exchange for pitchers Jose Paniagua, Dennis Stark, and Brian Fuentes. Fuentes’ lone victory in 2002 will come on June 12 against the Rockies.

16th The Red Sox acquire P Dustin Hermanson from the Cardinals in exchange for 3 minor leaguers—OF Rick Asadoorian and first basemen 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.

17th The Yankees sign free agent OF Rondell White, who played for the Cubs this past year, to a two-year contract.

The Indians sign free agent SS Ricky Gutierrez to a three-year contract.

18th The Cardinals sign free agent 1B Tino Martinez to a three-year contract.

The Royals sign 2B-OF Chuck Knoblauch to a one-year contract.

The Reds, who tried to sign Pokey Reese in April to a four-year, $21 million contract, ship the second baseman and P Dennys Reyes to the Rockies for pitchers Gabe White and Luke Hudson. In turn, Colorado sends Reese tomorrow to the Red Sox for C Scott Hatteberg. The Sox will make Pokey a free agent by not tendering him a contract and he’ll sign in January with Pittsburgh. Hatteberg will go the same route and sign with the A’s.

The Indians send troubled P John Rocker to the Rangers in exchange for minor league P Dave Elder. For Rocker, his ERA will inflate every year for 7 straight years: he’s going into year 6.

19th The Red Sox sign free agent P John Burkett to a two-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a three-year contract. They also trade OF Michael Tucker to the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.

The Rangers sign free agent P Dave Burba to a one-year contract.

The Angels sign free agent P Dennis Cook to a one-year contract.

20th The Braves sign free agent P Albie Lopez to a one-year contract.

The Dodgers sign free agent P Hideo Nomo to a two-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 total 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.

21st The Red Sox sign free agent speedster OF Johnny Damon to a four-year contract.

22nd The Rangers sign free agent P Chan Ho Park to a five-year contract worth $65 million. Park will win just 22 games for the Rangers.

The Indians trade Dave Roberts to the Dodgers for Christian Bridenbaugh and Nial Hughes.

26th The Angels sign free agent P Aaron Sele to a three-year contract.

The Mariners sign free agent OF Ruben Sierra to a one-year contract.

27th The Mets obtain slugging 1B Mo Vaughn from the Angels in exchange for their #2 starter Kevin Appier, who they are trading after one year on his four-year contract. Vaughn did not play a game in 2001 due to injuries. As compensation for Appier, the A’s will select minor leaguer Jeremy Bonderman.

The Padres sign free agent P Alan Embree to a one-year contract.

29th The Mets acquire OF Gary Matthews Jr. from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

30th The A’s sign free agent C Scott Hatteberg to a one-year contract.