2014 February

4thThe Athletics sign free agent outfielder Sam Fuld but will waive him after seven games.  Sam will sign with the Twins on April 20th.  Fuld will hit .274 for Minnesota before being traded back to the A’s at the trading deadline.

5thSeven time NBA all-star Tracy McGrady announces that he is trying out as a pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. He says he is fulfilling a dream and that he has always loved baseball.  McGrady will make the team, start the opening day and retire after pitching in the all-star game.  The 35-year-old will start 4 games and pitch 6+ innings, finishing with an 0-2 mark and a 6.75 ERA.

6thThe Marlins sign free agent closer Carlos Marmol to a 1-year deal. He’ll last till May before the Fish cut him loose.

The Mariners sign free agent P Fernando Rodney to a 2-year $14 million deal.

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, a Gold Glove winner in 2010, tells the Mariners he will not play this year because of a recurrence of a gastrointestinal problem that bothered him during the 2013 season. He played in just 41 games last year, one more than the previous season, and hit .248. He has a 9-year batting average of .256.

The Astros sign free agent P Jerome Williams to a 1-year deal.

The Dodgers sign infielder Justin Turner. Turner revamped his swing at the end of last year with the Mets and went 15 for 42 in September.

7thThe White Sox agree to a 1-year deal with free agent P Mitchell Boggs.

The Diamondbacks agree to terms on a 2-year deal with free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

The Brewers sign free agent P Francisco Rodriguez to a 1-year deal.

The Marlins sign free agent infielder Jeff Baker to a 2-year deal.

8thThe Dodgers sign veteran pitcher Paul Maholm to a 1-year deal.

10thThe newest Yankee, Masahiro Tanaka arrives in New York in style setting down in a rented Japan Airlines 787 at JFK Airport.  A major press conference is his next stop.

13thThe Nationals acquire C Jose Lobaton and minor leaguers Felipe Rivero (P) and Drew Vettleson (OF) from the Rays in exchange for P Nathan Karns.

14thThe Rangers sign free agent P Tommy Hanson to a 1-year deal.

16thRed Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster announces that he is taking the season off for physical reasons and to spend more time with his family. The surprise decision will free up his salary of $13.25 for the team. The popular Dempster was scheduled to be the 6thstarter for the Sox, but will end up retiring and joining the Cubs’ front office.

The Braves continue with long-term contracts to their young stars agreeing to a 4-year $42 million deal with closer Craig Kimbrel.

Pitcher A.J. Burnett and the Phillies finalize a deal that guarantees him $15 million for 2014 and $22.5 million over 2 seasons. The 37-year-old played for the Pirates the past 2 seasons.

18th The Oriole agree to terms on a 4-year deal with free agent P Ubaldo Jimenez.

19th MLB drops its suit against Biogenesis and its founder Anthony Bosch. The suit was filed last March and dropping it was not unexpected after Bosch had cooperated in baseball’s investigation into performance enhancing drugs, which resulted in 14 suspensions against players.  Only Alex Rodriguez had challenged the suspension—in his case, 211 games—and an arbitrator reduced the length to 162 games plus the post season. Earlier this month, A-Rod abruptly withdrew his suit.

22nd  The Dodgers announce the signing of Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, 23, to a 5-year $25 million contract. The infielder defected from Cuba last fall.

The Orioles sign free agent OF Nelson Cruz to a 1-year deal.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Chris Capuano to a 1-year deal.

23rd  The Yankees add a 4-year extension on to the contract of Brett Gardner. The deal is worth $52 million and will begin in 2015.

24thMLB and the MLB Players Association adopt a rule that bans “egregious collisions” at home plate for the coming season.

25thBefore nearly 8,000 fans at Tampa, the Yankees take on the University of Florida baseball team, beating them, 8-3. The buzz in the stands is not for the Yankee stars but for Heisman winner Jameis Winston, an outfielder/reliever for the collegians.  He goes 0-for-2 after entering the game in the 6th. Winston, drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2012, still hopes to play both baseball and football after college. His collegiate baseball career will end in late April when he is cited for shoplifting after ordering $32 worth of crab legs at a store and then leaving without paying. The Seminoles suspend him.