2ndWhen Sammy Sosa waives his no-trade clause, the Cubs send the vet to the Orioles for 2B Jerry Hairston, IF Mike Fontenot, and P Dave Crouthers. Chicago then signs free agent OF Jeromy Burnitz to a contract.
The Marlins sign free agent P Jim Mecir to a contract.
4thThe Rangers sign free agent P Pedro Astacio to a contract.
6thThe Diamondbacks trade P Casey Fossum to the Devil Rays in exchange for OF Jose Cruz Jr.
7thMazatlan Venados of Mexico wins the Caribbean Series with a 4-3 win over the Dominican team, Cibao Aguilas.
9thThe Tigers obtain P Kyle Farnsworth from the Cubs. In return, Chicago receives P Roberto Novoa, IF Scott Moore, and OF Clarence Flowers.
13thThe White Sox trade OF Alex Escobar to the Nationals for OF Jerry Owens.
14thJuiced: Wild Times, Rampant ’Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, by former Oakland Athletics star Jose Canseco, is published. In the book, Canseco says he injected Mark McGwire, and introduced Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jason Giambi to steroids. All those named deny the accusations. In an A&E documentary released in 2008, Canseco will admit, “The more I think about it, the more I regret mentioning those players in my book. I admired them. I respected them.”
16thThe Yankees sign free agent IF Rey Sanchez to a contract.
22ndJerry Coleman is announced as the 2005 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award honoring baseball broadcasters.
28thThe Rockies sign free agent Matt Anderson, a former #1 overall pick of the Tigers in 1997. Anderson was 15-7 in 5 years in Detroit.