1st The Pirates agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent P Tony Armas Jr.
6thThe Dominican Republic defeats Mexico, 5-3, to win the Caribbean Series.
8thThe A’s agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Shannon Stewart.
9thThe Mets agree to a deal with free agent pitcher Chan Ho Park.
11thThe Twins re-sign AL batting champion Joe Mauer to a four-year, $33 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. Mauer grew two inches during the offseason; although listed at 6’4″ in the Twins media guide, he is now closer to 6’6″ and is worried that he might outgrow his position.
12thWin one, you lose one. The Orioles signed free agent pitcher Steve Trachsel to a one year, $3.1 million, with an option for 2008. They also reveal that pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff and will probably miss the entire season.
26thThe famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky, is sold for a record-setting $2,350,000 to an anonymous buyer. The seller, Brian Seigel, paid a then-record $1,265,000 in 2000 for the card, which is in much better shape than many others. Gretzky and Bruce McNall, former owner of the Los Angeles Kings, bought the card for $451,000 in 1991.
27thThe Veteran’s Committee fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame. Former Cubs 3B Ron Santo comes closest, but falls 5 votes short.
A steroid ring is uncovered in Florida involving several athletes and celebrities. Angels OF Gary Matthews Jr., is one of those named as customers of the illegal operation.