2006 December

2ndThe Giants agree to a three-year contract with free agent OF Dave Roberts.

The Indians sign free agent pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Aaron Fultz to contracts.

3rdThe Braves sign free agent P Tanyon Sturtze to a contract.

4thThe Mariners sign free agent OF Jose Guillen to a contract.

5thThe Rockies agree to a one-year contract with free agent P LaTroy Hawkins.

The Red Sox reach a tentative agreement on a five-year contract with brittle free agent OF J.D. Drew and a four-year $36 million contract with SS Julio Lugo.

6thThe Mets send P Brian Bannister to the Royals in exchange for P Ambiorix Burgos.

Dodgers agree to a one-year contract with free agent C Mike Lieberthal.

The Giants sign free agent C Bengie Molina to a three-year deal.

The Indians sign free agent P Joe Borowski to a contract.

The Athletics agree to a two-year deal with free agent P Alan Embree.

The Phillies trade pitchers Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the White Sox for P Freddy Garcia.

7thThe Royals agree to a five-year deal with P Gil Meche.

The Braves trade P Horacio Ramirez to the Mariners for P Rafael Soriano.

8thThe Dodgers sign free agent P Jason Schmidt to a three-year $47 contract, despite concerns about his arm.  The concerns are correct: he’ll win just one game in the next two years. Los Angeles also finalizes a one-year deal with free agent OF Luis Gonzalez.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Marlon Byrd to a contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent P Russ Springer to a contract.

The Royals agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Octavio Dotel.

The Athletics sign free agent C Mike Piazza to a contract.

11thThe Orioles sign free agent OF Jay Payton to a two-year contract.

The Tigers sign free agent P Jose Mesa to a contract.

The Rangers agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Kenny Lofton.

The Angels agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Darren Oliver.

12thThe Astros send 24-year-old OF Willy Taveras, who had a 30-game hit streak this year, and pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh, their top minor league pitching prospect, to the Rockies for pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio.

The Rangers agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Eric Gagne.

Twins agree to a one-year contract with free agent IF Jeff Cirillo.

Blue Jays agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Matt Stairs.

After four solid years in Baltimore, Miguel Tejada is traded by the Orioles to Houston in exchange for Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, Troy Patton, Luke Scott and Mike Costanzo. Tejada has 2 years remaining on his contract.

13thThe Padres sign free agent P Greg Maddux to a contract.

14thThe Red Sox are the winners in a sealed bid auction announcing the signing of Japanese pitching ace Daisuke Matsuzaka to a 6-year contract.

The Nationals trade 2B Jose Vidro to the Mariners for OF Chris Snelling and P Emiliano Fruto.

The Mariners sign free agent P Miguel Batista to a three-year contract.

15thThe Cubs sign free agent P Ted Lilly, 40, to a four-year contract.

The Angels send P Brendan Donnelly to the Red Sox for rookie P Phil Seibel.

16thThe White Sox trade 1B/OF Ross Gload to the Royals for P Andrew Sisco.

17thThe White Sox sign free agent C Toby Hall to a two-year contract.

19thThe Cubs sign free agent P Jason Marquis to a three-year contract.

The Phillies sign Jason Werth, whom the Dodgers declined to re-sign when he was granted free agency a week ago.  Werth missed this season because of an injury, a shattered wrist that occurred in his first spring training game of 2005 when he was hit by a pitch from A.J. Burnett.

The Texas Rangers sign Dodger closer Eric Gagne. Gagne had signed a two-year contract worth $19 million with Los Angeles following the 2004 season, but his next two years were disappointing.

The Yankees purchase Japanese all-star pitcher Kei Igawa from the Hanshin Tigers (Japan Central) and sign him on December 27thfor $20 million for five years plus a $26,000,194 (the last 3 digits are Igawa’s strikeout numbers in 2006) signing bonus. He’ll pitch in just 16 games, winning two, before being banished to the minors where he will persevere before returning to the Japanese leagues. The $46 million deal will be Brian Cashman’s worst deal.

20thThe Braves agree to terms with free agent IF Chris Woodward on a one-year contract.

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Giles. The Padres sign free agent second baseman Marcus Giles to a contract. He will join his brother Brian in the Pads’ lineup.

The Phillies agree to a one-year deal with free agent C Rod Barajas.

The Rangers sign veteran outfielder Kenny Lofton, who spent the last year with the Dodgers.

21stThe Reds acquire 1B Jeff Conine from the Phillies for IF Brad Key and OF Javon Moran.

22ndThe Yankees bring back free agent P Andy Pettitte signing him to a one-year contract. Pettitte has never had a losing or .500 season; only Babe Ruth, in 10 seasons, can match that in the AL.

23rdThe Rangers acquire P Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano from the White Sox in exchange for pitchers John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner.

24thThe Brewers sign free agent P Jeff Suppan to a 4 year, $42 million contract, with an option for 2011.

26thThe Angels agree on a one-year contract with free agent IF Shea Hillenbrand.

28thThe Giants signed free agent P Barry Zito to a 7 year, $126 million contract. Several teams, including the Mets at five year $75 million and the Rangers, came up short.

29thThe Marlins sign free agent 3B Aaron Boone to a contract.