1917 January

6th With Bill Carrigan reaffirming his decision to leave the Red Sox, Jack Barry is named as player-manager.

16th The Cubs send Jimmy Lavender and $5,000 to the Phillies for Al Demaree. They’ll keep Al until the end of July before passing him to the Giants.

30th Grover Cleveland Alexander announces he is ready to retire from pro baseball and join a semipro team if his salary demands are not met. Alex wants a 3-year contract at $15,000 per year.