2010 March

3rd Justin Upton, 22, with two full major league seasons already behind him, signs a $51.25 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second-largest deal in franchise history.

9thThe Rangers acquire P Edward Ramirez from the Yankees for cash.

17thIt is revealed that Rangers’ manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season. Washington is the first manager or coach known to have tested positive for cocaine or any recreational drug.

24thCatcher Joe Mauer turns his back on free agency and re-signs with the Twins for an 8-year, $184 million dollar contract.

26thThe Red Sox acquire IF Kevin Frandsen from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named.

Minnesota’s all-star closer Joe Nathan undergoes reconstructive elbow surgery and will not pitch until 2011.

30thThe Marlins obtain P Nate Robertson from the Tigers for P Jay Voss. The Tigers will pick up $9.6 million of Nate’s $10 million salary, but it won’t stop the Marlins from cutting him in mid-July to make room for younger pitchers.

Ambidextrous P Pat Venditte hurls 1 1/3 innings for the Yankees in a exhibition game against the Braves. Venditte gives up 2 hits, a walk, and an earned run. Greg Harris is the only pitcher to throw as both a left-hander and right-hander in the ML.