1981 February

4th  In a good move, the White Sox sign infielder Bill Almon.

9th  Joe Morgan, 37, signs a one-year contract with the Giants.

12th  Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the Players’ Association and declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract 2 days after the December 20th deadline.

17th  The Cubs sign free agent Jerry Morales, who hit .254 for the Mets last year.

23rd  The Pirates sign veteran Luis Tiant, who will go 2-5 for the Bucs.

25th  The Executive Board of the Players’ Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29th if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved.  That deadline will be extended briefly, however, when the Players’ Association’s unfair labor practices complaint is heard by the National Labor Relations Board.

28th  The Mets trade OF Steve Henderson and an estimated $100,000 to the Cubs for slugger Dave Kingman, who led the NL with 48 HRs in 1979.