2005 December

2ndThe Florida Marlins trade second baseman Luis Castillo to the Twins in exchange for Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler.

7thAt the winter meetings, heavy trading and re-signing action occurs:

The Rangers trade 2B Alfonso Soriano to the Nationals for OF-1B Brad Wilkerson, OF Termel Sledge and minor league P Armando Galarraga.

The Blue Jays ink free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett to a 5 year, $55 million contract.

In a move that makes way for Prince Fielder, the Brewers trade 1B Lyle Overbay to the Blue Jays for OF Gabe Gross, P Dave Bush and minor league P Zach Jackson.

The Mariners re-sign free agent P Jamie Moyer to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract.

The Indians re-sign free agent P Bob Wickman to a 1-year, $5 million contract.

The Marlins shed the last of their high-priced talent trading centerfield speedster Juan Pierre to the Cubs for P Sergio Mitre and minor league pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Renyel Pinto.

The Cardinals trade P Ray King to the Rockies for OF Larry Bigbie and INF Aaron Miles.

The Mariners trade C Yorvit Torrealba to the Rockies for a player to be named later.  The Rockies then designate C Miguel Ojeda for assignment.

The Royals re-sign utilityman Joe McEwing to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, and release pitcher D.J. Carrasco. Carrasco will go to Japan.

The Braves trade all-star C Johnny Estrada to the Diamondbacks for pitchers Lance Cormier and Oscar Villarreal. The Braves send P Dan Kolb to the Brewers for P Wes Obermueller.

The Padres trade 3B Sean Burroughs to the Devil Rays for P Dewon Brazelton (who sports an 0-16 road record) and also trade 2B Mark Loretta to the Red Sox for C Doug Mirabelli. The Sox will hurriedly bring back Mirabelli on May 1stto catch Tim Wakefield.  The Padres re-sign free agent P Trevor Hoffman to a two-year, $13.5 million contract, with an option for 2008.

The Pirates trade P Mark Redman to the Royals for P Jonah Bayliss and a player to be named later.

The Orioles and Giants swap pitchers with Steve Kline going to the Giants and LaTroy Hawkins and cash coming to Baltimore.

The Blue Jays trade P Chad Gaudin to the A’s for a player to be named later.

John Olerud announces his retirement.

The Dodgers hire former Red Sox manager Grady Little as their new manager.

8thThe Red Sox trade SS Edgar Renteria and cash to the Braves for 3B Andy Marte. Marte, 21, is the Braves highest rated prospect, according to Baseball America. The Sox had inked Renteria to a four-year $40 million contract a year ago. By adding cash to today’s deal, Renteria’s one year in the Hub City cost the Sox $19 million.

The Tigers signed free agent pitchers Kenny Rogers (2 years, $16 million) and Todd Jones (2 years, $11 million).

The Orioles signed free agent C Ramon Hernandez to a 4-year, $27.5 million contract.

The White Sox trade P Damaso Marte to the Pirates for utilityman Rob Mackowiak.

The Yankees trade 2B-OF Tony Womack to the Reds for minor leaguers INF Kevin Howard and OF Ben Himes. With the money freed up by dealing Womack, the Yankees sign free agent P Mike Myers, recently of the Red Sox, to a 2-year, $2.4 million contract.

The Reds trade 1B Sean Casey to the Pirates for P David Williams. Casey hit .312 this past season and .324 in 2004 and will hit .296 for the Bucs before they trade him in July.

The Rockies signed free agent P Jose Mesa to a 1-year, $2.515 million contract, with an option for 2007.

In the Rule 5 Major League draft, the Marlins select Dan Uggla from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

9th The Twins trade pitcher J.C. Romero to the Angels for minor league INF Alexi Casilla. The Angels designate C Josh Paul for assignment.

The Mets sign 47-year-old free agent Julio Franco to a 2-year, $2.2 million contract. They also state that when his playing days are through they will make him a minor league manager.

The Pirates sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez to a 1-year, $2.75 million contract.

The Indians sign free agent utilityman Lou Merloni to a minor league contract.

The Braves sign free agent C Todd Pratt to a 1-year contract.

The Padres claim C Pete LaForest off waivers from the Devil Rays, sign OF Jack Cust to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, and sell P Chris Oxspring to the Hanshin Tigers.

13th  The Diamondbacks trade P Javier Vazquez to the White Sox for pitchers Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino and minor league OF Chris Young.

The Dodgers trade troubled but talented OF Milton Bradley and INF Antonio Perez to the A’s for minor league OF Andre Ethier. Ethier was the Texas League Player of the Year in 2005.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Jason Grimsley to a 1-year, $825,000 contract.

The Astros re-sign free agent C Brad Ausmus to a 2-year, $7.5 million contract.

15th  The Cardinals signed free agent closer Braden Looper, formerly of the Mets, to a 3-year, $13.5 million contract.

The Twins sign 3B Tony Batista to a 1-year, $1.25 million contract. Batista played in Japan in 2005.

16thThe Marlins trade well-traveled P Ron Villone (5-5) to the Yankees for minor league P Ben Julianel.

The Royals sign a mouthful of free agents inking 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (1 year, $1.85 million), 2B Mark Grudzielanek ($1 year, 4 million plus a player option for 2006 if he has 500 PA), C Paul Bako (1 year, $700,000) and P Scott Elarton (2 years, $8 million).

18thPitching in the Mexican League for Mexicali, 45-year-old Fernando Valenzuela loses, 1-0, to Hermosillo. Fernando, the Dodgers Spanish language announcer during the regular season, will go 4-2 in 10 starts, 2ndon the team in wins.

20thThe 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 Dodgers sign veteran outfielder Kenny Lofton, most recently with the Yankees.

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. Jones hit .254 and .249 in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

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.

24th  Merry Christmas, Mike. The Nationals sign free agent P Mike Stanton to a 1 year, $1 million contract.

26thFour-Time All-Star Jeff Reardon is arrested on robbery charges after holding up a jewelry store in Palm Springs Gardens, Florida, a town he has lived in without incident for 20 years. He is arrested nearby. “He said it was the medication that made him do it and that he was sorry,” said policeman David O’Neill. Reardon had a son who died of a drug overdose several years ago. In late August 2006, he will be found not guilt by reason of insanity. Two court-appointed psychiatrists, along with two defense psychiatrists, will testify that Reardon was under the influence of a dozen prescription medications and that there was no reasonable explanation for the robbery.

The Rangers sign free agent P Kevin Millwood, who pitched for the Indians last year, to a 5-year, $60 million contract.

Take Millwood’s locker. The Indians sign free agent P Jason Johnson, 10-10 with the Orioles last year, to a one-year, $4 million contract.

27thThe Diamondbacks trade 3B Troy Glaus and minor league SS Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for Gold Glove 2B Orlando Hudson and P Miguel Batista. The high-priced Glaus hit 37 homers in 2005 while driving in 97 Diamondbacks, and piles onto the logjam at 3B in Toronto.

28thThe White Sox re-sign P Jon Garland to a 3 year, $29 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. Garland would have been eligible for free agency after the 2006 season.

29thThe Yankees sign free agent reliever Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $2 million contract. Dotel had Tommy John surgery in May and pitched only 15+ innings in 2005. He will pitch just 10 frames for New York before changing uniforms.