2016 December

1stThe Royals trade P Brooks Pounders to the Angels for P Jared Ruxer.

The Cardinals trade P Jaime Garcia to the Braves for 2B Luke Dykstra, and pitchers Chris Ellis and John Gant.

2ndThe Padres trade C Derek Norris to the Nationals for P Pedro Avila.

The Cubs sign free agent P Brian Duensing to a 1-year deal.

3rdThe Mariners sign free agent P Mark Rzepczynski to a 2-year contract, and free agent P Casey Fien to a 1-year deal.

4thFormer Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Braves executive John Schuerholz are elected the Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee.

5thThe Blue Jays sign free agent OF Steve Pearce to a 2-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent OF Carlos Beltran to a 1-year contract.

The Giants sign free agent closer Mark Melancon to a 4-year deal. Melancon had 47 saves last season, pitching for the Nationals and the Pirates.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent C Jeff Mathjis to a 2-year contact.

6thThe Brewers send reliever Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox in exchange for P Josh Pennington, SS Mauricio Dubon, 3B Travis Shaw, and a player to be named. Shaw is considered expendable with Pablo Sandoval set at 3B, but he will reward the Brewers with 31 homers and 101 RBI. Thornburg will miss 2017 with various injuries.

The Phillies sign free agent P Joaquin Benoit to a 1-year contract.

The White Sox trade ace pitcher Chris Sale to the Red Sox for four blue chip prospects: OF Luis Alexander Basabe, infielder Yoan Moncada, and pitchers Michael Kopeck and Victor Diaz.

7th The Yankees sign free agent OF Matt Holliday to a 1-year deal.

The Cubs acquire closer Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler. Soler will have a miserable 2017 season, hitting .144 in 110 at bats, but will bounce back in 2018.

The Giants send P Chris Heston to the Mariners for a player to be named.

The White Sox continue to trade, sending sparkplug Adam Eaton to the Nationals for top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Renaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. Eaton, a right fielder, will shift to center, allowing the fleet Trea Turner to return to shortstop.

8thThe Red Sox sign free agent 1B Mitch Moreland to a 1-year deal.

The Braves trade pitchers Brady Feigl and Tyrell Jenkins to the Rangers for P Luke Jackson.

The Rule 5 draft opens in Maryland on the final morning of the winter meetings.  In effect since 1903, the rule 5 draft allows allows teams to select players from the farm systems of other clubs who are not on those teams’ 40-man rosters. The players must have been in that team’s system for four or five years The team selecting must pay $100,000 and then keep that player on their 25-man roster for the entire season.  The draft is over in a half hour.

9thThe Cardinals sign free agent OF Dexter Fowler to a 5-year contract. The Cubs were reluctant to commit to a 5-year deal for the star.

The Diamondbacks ink free agent P Fernando Rodney to a 1-year deal.

10th    The Nationals trade 2B Danny Espinosa to the Angels for pitchers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

12th    The Rays sign free agent C Wilson Ramos to a 2-year deal.

The Marlins sign free agent pitchers Jeff Locke and Dustin McGowan, and catcher A.J. Ellis, all to 1-year to contracts.

13th    The Rangers sign free agent OF Carlos Gomez to a 1-year deal.

The Rockies sign free agent OF Ian Desmond to a 5-year contract.

The Brewers send P Drew Gagnon and C Martin Maldonado to the Angels for C Jett Bandy.

14th    The Cubs sign free agent P Koji Uehara to a one-year deal. The 41-year-old reliever appeared in 50 games for Boston this past season.

The White Sox sign free agent P Derek Holland to a one-year contract.

The Brewers sign free agent P Tommy Milone to a one -year deal.

15th    The Rockies sign free agent P Mike Dunn to a 3-year contract.

The Yankees bring back free agent P Aroldis Chapman, signing the closer to a 5-year contract. The fireballer will accuse Cubs manager Joe Maddon of over-using him.

16th    The Orioles sign free agent C Welington Castillo to a 1-year deal.

20thThe Phillies obtain P Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox in exchange for 2B Josh Tobias.

The Yankees send P Nick Goody to the Indians for a player to be named.

The Padres sign free agent P Joules Chacin to a one -year deal.

21stThe Pirates sign free agent P Daniel Hudson to a two-year contract.

23rdTigers GM Al Avila signs his son, free agent C Alex Avila to a one-year deal.

The Marlins sign free agent P Brad Ziegler to a two-year contract.

Merry Christmas, Justin. The Dodgers sign Justin Turner to a 4-year $64 million contract after the redhead had made $8.6 million in his three years with Los Angeles. He will respond with a monster .321 with 21 homers in 2017.