5th Needing just 3 wins to reach 300 for his career, Gaylord Perry signs a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.
10th Travis Jackson and Happy Chandler are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Jackson hit .291 in 15 seasons as the New York Giants SS in the 1920s and 30s, while Chandler was baseball’s 2nd commissioner and oversaw—and encouraged—the dismantling of the color barrier in 1947.
The Pirates sell P Mark Lee to Detroit.
24th Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Dodgers’ spring training camp in Vero Beach, Florida. After earning just $42,500 while winning the NL Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards last season, the 21-year-old lefthander had asked for a raise to $1 million in 1982. The Dodgers unilaterally renewed his contract for a reported $350,000 instead.
30th The Giants trade pitchers Vida Blue and Bob Tufts to the Royals for pitchers Renie Martin, Craig Chamberlain, and Atlee Hammaker.
The Dodgers trade OF Rudy Law to the White Sox for minor leaguers Cecil Espy and Bert Geiger.
The Yankees trade P Andy McGaffigan and OF Ted Wilborn to the San Francisco Giants for P Doyle Alexander. Alexander was in a salary dispute with the Giants and had not reported to training camp. It is the pitcher’s 2nd tour of duty with the Yanks; he’ll go 1–7 this year and 0-2 next year before being released on May 16.
31st The Expos trade 3B-OF Larry Parrish and minor league 1B Dave Hostetler to the Rangers for veteran OF-1B Al Oliver. Hostetler will play for the Rangers at 1B as well as DH, where he becomes the first DH with the initials DH.