2nd The Pirates sign free agent P Mike Williams to a two-year contract. Williams began last season with Pittsburgh until being traded to Houston in July.
4th The Twins hire third base coach Ron Gardenhire as their manager, replacing Tom Kelly who resigned in October.
The Rockies sign free agent C Tony Eusebio to a one-year contract.
Tony Tavares resigns as president of Anaheim Sports Inc. He had been president of the Anaheim Angels since May 1996.
5th The Giants sign free agent OF Reggie Sanders to a one-year contract.
7th The Diamondbacks obtain submarine–style relief P Mike Myers from the Rockies in exchange for OF Jack Cust and catcher JD Closser.
8th Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the baseball writers in his first year of eligibility. Smith, named on 91.7 percent of the ballots, is the 37th player to be elected in his first year.
9th The Rangers sign free agent OF Juan Gonzalez to a two-year contract.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan says Bud Selig should resign because he appeared to violate major league rules in a 1995 loan from a company controlled by the owner of the Minnesota Twins. Conyers, The House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat says the loan created an “irreparable conflict of interest” for Selig in his plan to fold two franchises, a proposal that most likely would include the Twins.” Selig rejects the suggestion saying, “`The suggestions made in your letter are wholly unacceptable.”
10th The Yankees sign free agent P David Wells to a two-year contract.
The Rockies sign free agent P Rick White to a one-year contract.
Bud Selig asks the players to accept a luxury tax that would slow the increase of salaries. He also proposes that teams vastly increase the amount of local revenue they share.
11th The Rockies sign free agent P Todd Jones to a one-year contract.
The Mariners sign free agent P Shigetoshi Hasegawa to a one-year contract.
14th The Cubs sign free agent OF Darren Lewis to a one-year contract.
Grady Fuson, newly named Assistant GM of the Rangers, acquires four players he had drafted when he was Scouting Director of the A’s. Texas sends bluechip prospect Carlos Pena and Mike Venafro to the A’s for Jason Hart, Gerald Laird, Ryan Ludwick and Mario Ramos.
15th The Braves obtain All–star OF Gary Sheffield from the Dodgers in a trade for OF Brian Jordan, P Odalis Perez, and minor league P Andy Brown.
The Phillies sign free agent P Terry Adams to a one-year contract.
16th The Mets sign free agent P Pedro Astacio to a one-year contract.
The Brewers sign free agent 2B Eric Young to a two-year contract.
17th The Angels obtain DH-1B Brad Fullmer from the Blue Jays for P Brian Cooper.
19th The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Rick Helling to a one-year contract.
21stIn a complicated three–team deal, the Colorado Rockies trade Alex Ochoa and 2 prospects to the Mets for veterans Benny Agbayani and Todd Zeile. The Rocks will pay $2 mil of Zeile’s $6 million contract, while the Mets agree to pay $3.25 million of it, plus a $500,000 buyout payment on the contract. The Mets receive minor leaguers Ross Gload and Craig House from Colorado. The 3rd team in the deal, the Brewers, pay $250,000 of it. The Brewers then send slugger Jeremy Burnitz, starter Jeff D’Amico, INF Lou Collier, and 2 prospects to the Mets. New York ships pinchhitter/IF Lenny Harris, P Glendon Rusch, and Ochoa to Milwaukee. The Mets have now replaced half of their 2001 roster.
25th The Mariners deal 3B David Bell to the Giants in exchange for recently–acquired IF Desi Relaford and cash.
The Brewers sign free agent OF Matt Stairs to a one-year contract.
28th The Rangers continue to shore up their pitching staff by signing free agent Ismael Valdes to a one-year contract.
29th The White Sox trade OF Chris Singleton to the Orioles for minor league 2B Willie Harris.
30th The Phillies sign free agent OF Ricky Ledee to a one-year contract.
The Pirates sign free agent 2B Pokey Reese to a two-year contract. Pittsburgh is Reese’s 4th team since the end of the 2001 season. He finished the year with Cincinnati, and then was traded to the Rockies and the Red Sox in a span of three days in December. Boston did not offer him a contract, making him a free agent.
The Mariners sign free agent P James Baldwin to a one-year contract.
31st Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas is voted the Ford C. Frick Award. He will be inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame on July 28