2012 February

1st  The Blue Jays finalize a one-year contract with free agent P Francisco Cordero.

2nd The Nationals reach agreement with Edwin Jackson on a one-year deal worth $9 million to $12 million.  The pitcher was 12-9 with the White Sox last year. Also today, the Nationals win their arbitration case with pitcher John Lannan. The lefty had wanted $5.7 million and the club had offered $5 million.

The Indians agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent 1B Casey Kotchman and also re-sign lefty Rafael Perez for one year at $2,005,000 and avoid arbitration.

Tampa Bay defeats P Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration and the pitcher will receive $2.75 M this year.

The Cubs re-sign Matt Garza for one-year at $9.5 million.

The Padres agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Micah Owings.

4thThe Nationals sign free agent Rick Ankiel.

5thIt’s Brad Yen. Veteran P Brad Penny inks a one-year contract with the Softbank Hawks in Japan’s Pacific League. It won’t work out well for Penny and he’ll sign with the San Francisco Giants at the end of July.

6thMiami’s Anibal Sanchez wins his salary arbitration with the Marlins, receiving $8M, not $6.9 M.

The Pirates acquire A.J. Burnett from the Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers. The Yankees agree to pay $20 million of the veteran Burnett’s remaining $33 million salary.  Tomorrow, Burnett states enthusiastically, “It’s going to be fun. I’m going back to the National League where I can hit and bunt and get the joy back into the game.”

To anchor their young pitching staff the Rockies acquire veteran righty Jeremy Guthrie from the Orioles for reliever Matt Lindstrom and righty Jason Hammel.

8thThe Giants sign free agents Ryan Theriot, Guillermo Mota and Clay Hensley.

10thThe Orioles sign free agents Greg Burke, Nick Johnson and Luis Ayala.

14thThe White Sox reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Kosuke Fukudome. Fukudome played most of his career on the North Side.

19thThe Yankees trade pitcher AJ Burnett to the Pirates for minor leaguers Exicardo Cayones (OF) and Diego Moreno (P).

20thThe Yankees agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Raul Ibanez and tomorrow they will sign Eric Chavez.

The Oakland A’s sign Manny Ramirez as a free agent.

23rdRyan Braun’s 50-game suspension for a drug-related offense is overturned by arbitrator Shayam Das on a technicality. Braun challenged the chain of custody from the time the sample was collected until it was sent to the testing center. Braun becomes the first player to have his suspension overturned.

After waiting until spring training and failing to land a job to his satisfaction, free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt tells major league clubs that he might not return until midseason. He will keep on throwing and staying shape, says a baseball source.