2011 February

4thAndy Pettitte announces his retirement, the first of the “Core Four” to hang up his spikes.  Pettitte pitched 16 years, 13 of them with the Yankees, and never had a losing season. His only .500 year was 2008 when he went 14-14. He heads up a small club (10 or more seasons) of pitchers with no losing seasons that includes Deacon Phillippe, Urban Shocker, Dave Foutz, Spud Chandler, Jay Powell, Joe McGinnity and Babe Ruth. Ruth is the only one who never had a .500 season.  Pettitte will come back in a year.

9thThe Brewers sign free agent Johnny Marcum to a one-year contract for $3.95 million.

Ross Ohlendorf (1-11) gets a W, winning his arbitration case against the Pirates. His salary jumps from $439,000 to $2,025,000.

10thThe Indians sign free agent IF Orlando Cabrera to a one-year deal.

15thCardinals’ Hall of Famer Stan Musial receives the nation’s highest civilian honor, the presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

18thThe Orioles sign free agent OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year contract.

26thBud Selig announces that Joe Torre will become executive vice president of baseball operations. The post was previously held by Jimmie Lee Solomon from 2007 to June 2010, when his title was changed to executive vice president of baseball development. John McHale and Frank Robinson took over the title on an interim basis.