2008 February

1stThe Mets finalize a deal with the Twins in which they obtain All-Star P Johan Santana in exchange for OF Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey.

6thFree agent P Trever Miller signs a one-year contract with the Rays.

7thLicey defeats Cibao 8-2 to win the Caribbean Series.

8thThe Mariners obtain ace pitcher Erik Bedard from the Orioles for OF Adam Jones and pitchers George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickolio.

13thRoger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Each gives his story concerning McNamee’s allegations about injecting Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.  Clemens is suing McNamee for character defamation, but a string of alleged liaisons with women, including country singer Mandy McCready and the ex-wife of golfer John Daly, will fizzle the Rocket.

14thThe Padres sign free agent 1B Tony Clark to a one-year contract. Clark will hit just .225 for SD with one homer and the Padres will trade Clark to the Diamondbacks on July 17 for Evan Scribner. Clark played for the D’backs from 2005-07.

19thMariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus is announced as the winner of the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27th.

21stThe Reds sign free agent P Josh Fogg to a one-year contract.

29thBring on Harvard.  The Red Sox split their spring training team in two and beat Boston College, 24-0, and Northeastern, 15-0. Each game goes seven innings.

Ray Shaw, chairman of American City Business Journal, announces that The Sporting News will close its St. Louis office and move to Charlotte, NC. The newspaper has been published in St. Louis since 1886.