1983 January

5th  Gale for Vail, as the Reds send PH Mike Vail to the Giants for Rich Gale.

10th  New York Supreme Court Justice Richard Lane issues a preliminary injunction barring the Yankees from playing their season-opening series against the Tigers in Denver. The club had sought to move the games because it feared off-season renovations to Yankee Stadium would not be completed for the April 11th-13th series.

11th  For the third time in 8 years, George Steinbrenner hires Billy Martin as Yankee manager. Martin replaces Clyde King, who will move to the front office.

      One of the few good players to be drafted and also sign in the January free agent draft is Ellis Burks, picked on the first round by the Red Sox. The Yankees pick and sign a Canseco–Ozzie–with their 4th pick.

12th  Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Robinson becomes the 14th player elected in his first year of eligibility.

13th  The Red Sox trade veteran P Mike Torrez to the Mets for minor leaguer 3B Mike Davis.

17th  Bob Horner agrees to a 4-year contract with the Atlanta Braves that will pay him up to $6 million, including $400,000 in bonuses if he keeps his weight below 215 pounds.

20th  The Dodgers trade veteran 3B Ron Cey to the Cubs for minor leaguers Vance Lovelace and Dan Cataline. Cey will play 518 games at third for the Cubs, the most since Santo.

      Ozzie Smith becomes baseball’s first $1 million shortstop, signing a 3-year contract with the Cardinals.

26th  The White Sox trade pitchers Steve Trout and Warren Brusstar to the Cubs for pitchers Randy Martz and Dick Tidrow and infielders Pat Tabler and Scott Fletcher.

31st  The Phillies sign veteran 1B Tony Perez to a one-year contract.