4th Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Eric Hinske is named Rookie of the Year in the AL, and Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings is named the NL’s top Rookie. Hinske, 25, was acquired from Oakland in the Billy Koch deal, and hit .279 with 24 homers. He had 122 points to finish ahead of Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez (15–9) with 97 points. Jennings had 150 points to runner–up Brad Wilkerson with 59 points. Jennings was 4–1 in 2001, and posted a 16–8 record this season, including 9–4 at Coors Field. He is the first Rockie to win the award.
5th Arizona’s Randy Johnson wins the NL Cy Young Award, his 5th overall and 4th in a row. Johnson is the first NL player since the Mets’ Dwight Gooden to win the pitching triple crown, going 24–5 with a 2.37 ERA and 334 strikeouts. He led the major leagues in strikeouts for the ninth time.
The Silver Slugger Award–winners are announced. Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza win their 10th awards.
6th Oakland’s 24-year–old Barry Zito wins the AL Cy Young Award.
Anaheim’s Mike Scoscia wins the AL Manager of the Year award while St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa takes NL honors.
The Giants announce that manager Dusty Baker won’t be returning with the team.
11thBarry Bonds wins his record 5th MVP award, becoming the unanimous choice of the baseball writers.
12thOakland SS Miguel Tejada wins the AL MVP award. Texas’ Alex Rodriguez finishes second in the voting.
13th The Diamondbacks trade C Damian Miller to the Cubs for P David Noyce and OF Gary Johnson.
The Giants announce Felipe Alou as their new manager.
The AL Gold Glove winners are announced. Three Mariners—Bret Boone, John Olerud, and Ichiro Suzuki—take awards.
14thThe NL Gold Glove winners are announced. Braves P Greg Maddux wins his 13th straight award.
15th The Mariners name Bob Melvin as their new manager.
The Cubs name Dusty Baker as their new manager, signing him to a four-year deal.
16thIn a swap of large contracts, the Rockies trade P Mike Hampton and OF Juan Pierre to the Marlins for OF Preston Wilson, C Charles Johnson, P Vic Darensbourg, and IF Pablo Ozuna. It is the start of a three-way deal.
Oakland deals P Cory Lidle to Toronto for minor leaguers IF Mike Rouse and P Chris Mowday.
18thThe Marlins send P Mike Hampton to the Braves. In return, they obtain the young arms of Tim Spooneybarger and Ryan Baker. Spooneybarger had a 2.63 ERA in 51 games as a 22-year–old rookie (he also pitched in 4 games in 2001). Baker, 24, had a 3.72 ERA in class A.
When the financial dust clears, the cash-strapped Rockies move a 6-year $84.5 million commitment they had to Hampton, plus the three-year $6.6 million commitment they had to Pierre. In return they take on $1.1 million due Darensbourg, a three-year $25 million commitment to Johnson as well as a three-year $28 million contract of Wilson. They also will pay Atlanta $11 million left on Hampton’s contract. Colorado saves $26 million over the next 6 years. Florida agrees to pay $34 million on Hampton’s contract and takes on Pierre’s contract. The net savings to Florida is $13.5 million. The Braves have Hampton for 6 years at a cost of $39.5 million.
22nd A Diamondbacks–Rockies trade falls apart when Matt Williams chooses to remain in Arizona, so he wouldn’t have to move his children. Larry Walker also wouldn’t agree to the Diamondbacks’ desire to defer some of his salary.
Astros RF Richard Hidalgo is shot in the left forearm during a carjacking in Venezuela. He is released from the hospital and is expected to go to Houston for more tests.
25thDetroit sends 1B Randall Simon to Pittsburgh for minor league P Adrian Burnside and a pair of minor leagues to be named.
The Red Sox sign 28-year–old Theo Epstein as their new general manager. He becomes the youngest GM in ML history.
26thThe Cubs obtain C Paul Bako from the Braves.
29th The Reds and Padres reach an agreement to trade Ken Griffey, Jr. for Phil Nevin, but Nevin, with a no–trade clause in his contract, nixes the deal. He says he would only agree to a trade to a West Coast team that trains in Arizona. Griffey tore a tendon in his knee during the first week, setting up another season limited by leg injuries. He also pulled a hamstring and strained hip muscles, limiting him to 70 games, a .264 average, 8 homers and 23 RBIs. In a week, the White Sox will turn down an offer of Griffey for Magglio Ordonez.