2007 December

2ndFree agent 2B Kaz Matsui agrees to a three-year deal with the Houston Astros.

The Veterans Committee elects former commissioner Bowie Kuhn, former Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, former Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss, and managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth to the Hall of Fame. Manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey miss election by a single vote. The most heated response from writers occurs when the committee passes over Marvin Miller.

The Diamondbacks trade OF Carlos Quentin to the White Sox for minor league first baseman Chris Carter.

The Rays send troubled OF Elijah Dukes to the Nationals for minor league P Glenn Gibson.

4thThe Braves acquire P Will Ohman and IF Omar Infante from the Cubs for P Jose Ascanio.

The Tigers and Rockies exchange pitchers, with Jose Capellan going to Colorado and Denny Bautista to Detroit.

5thThe Brewers sign free agent P David Riske to a three-year contract.

Boston Globesports writer Larry Whiteside is honored with the Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

Pat O’Connor is unanimously elected president of minor league baseball at the winter meetings.

The Marlins send slugging 3B Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers in exchange for pitchers Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz and Dallas Trahern, prized prospect Cameron Maybin, and C Mike Rabelo.

The Yankees send pitcher Tyler Clippard to the Nationals for pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo.

6thThe Royals sign free agent OF Jose Guillen to a three-year contract. Guillen and OF Jay Gibbons are then suspended for the first 15 days of next season for violating baseball’s drug policy.

The Nationals sign free agent 3B Aaron Boone to a one-year contract.

Pitcher Tim Lahey is the first selection in the winter meetings Rule 5 draft, being taken off the Twins roster by the Rays who then sell him to the Cubs.

7thThe Dodgers sign free agent OF Andruw Jones to a two-year contract.

The Pirates send pitcher Salomon Torres to the Brewers for pitchers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts.

8thThe Rockies send IF Jamey Carroll to the Indians for a player to be named.

10thThe Padres sign free agent pitcher Randy Wolf to a one-year contract.

The Brewers sign free agent pitcher Eric Gagne to a one-year contract.

Former ML 1B David Segui admits that he used steroids and purchased shipments from former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski.

11thThe Nationals sign free agent C Paul Lo Duca to a one-year contract.

13thThe Twins sign free agent SS Adam Everett to a one-year contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent SS David Eckstein to a one-year contract.

The long-awaited report of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell names 85 players linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, including pitcher Roger Clemens and Pettitte. Pettitte admits to using drugs, Roger denies it.

14thFree agent OF Cliff Floyd agrees to a one-year contract with the Rays.

The Royals send pitcher Billy Buckner to the Diamondbacks for IF Alberto Callaspo.

Twins agree to a two-year contract with free agent 3B Mike Lamb.

The Athletics send pitchers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson to the Diamondbacks for a host of prospects: pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith, IF Chris Carter, and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez.

The Padres obtain veteran OF Jim Edmonds from the Cardinals for minor league 3B David Freese. Edmonds will play just 26 games for San Diego before they ship him to the Cubs. Freese will blossom in St. Louis.

17thThe Dodgers sign free agent C Gary Bennett to a one-year contract.

18thThe Astros sign free agent pitcher Chad Paronto to a one-year contract.

The Mets sign free agent pitcher Matt Wise to a one-year contract.

19thThe Rockies sign free agent pitcher Kip Wells to a one-year contract.

20thThe Royals sign free agent pitcher Ron Mahay to a two-year contract.

The Phillies sign free agent OF Geoff Jenkins to a two-year contract, and free agent pitcher Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

The Mariners agree to a four-year contract with free agent pitcher Carlos Silva worth $48 million. The M’s will tie up another $24 million in April when they give batterymate Johjima a three-year extension. Silva will go 5-18 over the next two years for the M’s, before he is sent away.

21stThe Rockies sign free agent pitcher Luis Vizcaino to a two-year contract.

The Reds send OF Josh Hamilton to the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Edinson Volquez, the Rangers top pitching prospect, and Danny Herrera. Volquez was 3-11 in three partial seasons with Texas.

23rdThe Phillies sign free agent OF So Toguchi to a one-year contract.

24thThe Marlins sign free agent IF Jose Castillo to a one-year contract.

26thThe Padres sign free agent pitcher Mark Prior to a one-year contract.

27thThe Royals sign free agent C Miguel Olivo to a one-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent OF Darin Erstad to a one-year contract.