2012 January

1stThe White Sox send P Jason Frasor to the Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Muyles Jaye and Daniel Webb.

4thThe Rays sign free agent P Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract.

5thZambrano is reunited with Ozzie Guillen. The Cubs end their relationship with fiery pitcher Carlos Zambrano trading him to the Marlins for former first-round pick Chris Volstad. Zambrano last pitched August 12thwhen he was ejected from a game. The Cubs will pick up $16 million of Z’s $18 million contract.

The Reds sign free agent P Andrew Brackman to a one-year deal.

6thThe Cubs trade former first-round pick Andrew Cashner and minor league OF Kyung-Min Na to the Padres for blue chip first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo and minor league P Zach Cates. Cates and Na are considered non-prospects. For Theo Epstein, it is a re-acquire as Boston on his watch had traded Rizzo to the Padres.

The Mets agree to a one-year deal with free agent SS Ronny Cedeno.

9thThe Blue Jays sign free agent P Darren Oliver to a one-year contract.

On his third try, Barry Larkin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

10thRyan Madson signs a one-year deal worth $8.5 million with the Reds. Madson, a Scott Boras client, nearly re-signed with the Phils in November but a 4-year $44 million deal collapsed. Madson will spend 2012 on the sidelines following Tommy John surgery.

11thThe Cubs agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Paul Maholm. Maholm will post a 9-6 record before being swapped to the Braves at the trading deadline.

12thThe Rays agree to a one-year contract with free agent 1B/OF Luke Scott.

Baseball owners vote to give Commissioner Bud Selig a 2-year extension.

13thThe Yankees trade good-hitting young catcher Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi to the Mariners for pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. The highly regarded Pineda was 9-10 his rookie year, but will spend the 2012 season on the sidelines. New York also reaches a deal for a one-year contract with free agent P Hiroki Kuroda.

16thThe Rockies trade OF Seth Smith to the Athletics for pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman.

17thThe Tigers announce that Victor Martinez tore the ACL in his left knee last week during offseason conditioning. An MRI at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Fla., revealed the torn ACL. The slugger will miss the 2012 season.

18thThe Astros sign free agent OF jack Cust to a one-year contract.

The Twins sign free agent P Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract.

The Rangers agree to a 6-year deal worth $60M with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish.

20thThe Rockies trade P Kevin Slowey to the Indians for minor league P Zach Putman and cash considerations.

The Astros agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent C Chris Snyder.

Fausto Carmona apologies to the Cleveland fans and issued a tearful apology to the fans, his team and the American government. Carmona is arrested in his native D.R. for theft identity when he went to get his visa renewed and it is revealed that his real name is Roberto Hernández Heredia, three years older than his stated 27. He has been paying off the real Fausto Carmona. The same thing happened last month to Florida Marlins pitcher Leo Núñez, who is now known as Juan Carlos Oviedo. He, too, was arrested. In July, MLB will hand Fausto—er—Roberto a three-week suspension.

21stThe Rockies acquire Marco Scutero from the Red Sox and send RHP Clayton Masterson, 26, in return.  The move paves the way for prize prospect Jose Iglesias to take over as Boston’s shortstop. The 36-year-old Scutaro hit .299 last season.

24thIn need of a big bat to replace Victor Martinez’s, the Tigers reach agreement on a 9-year $214M deal with free agent 1B Prince Fielder.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Francisco Cordero to a one-year deal.

The Orioles agree to a 2-year contract with free agent IF Wilson Betemit.

The Athletics reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent P Bartolo Colon.

Tim Lincecum agrees to a 2-year $40.5 million contract with the Giants.  The ace had been making $13.1 million with them in 2011.

25thNew York Yankee catcher Jorge Posada announces his retirement.

The Reds obtain IF Wilson Valdez from the Phillies for minor league P Jeremy Horst.

26thThe Red Sox reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent OF Cody Ross.

The Nationals reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Brad Lidge.

Clayton Kershaw wins the Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.

The Giants reach terms on a one-year deal with free agent P Clay Hensley.

27thThe Giants reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent UT Ryan Theriot.

28th The Rays sign free agent IF Jeff Keppinger to a one-year contract.

31st The Phillies sign free agent P Chad Qualls to a one-year contract worth $1.15 million.

The Indians obtain versatile OF/IF Russ Canzler from the Rays for cash. Canzler was the MVP in the International League last year.

The Diamondbacks agree to a pair of one-year contracts, giving C Miguel Montero $5.9 million and INF Ryan Roberts $2,012,500.

The Yankees hire former Cubs GM Jim Hendry as special assignment scout.