stThe commissioner’s office announces that Mets reliever Guillermo Mota is suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He becomes the 3rdplayer penalized this year for violating MLB’s toughened drug policy.
2ndThe AL Gold Glove winners are announced. Ivan Rodriguez wins his 12thaward, extending his record for catchers. Outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter and 3B Eric Chavez win for the 6thstraight season.
3rdThe NL Gold Glove winners are announced. P Greg Maddux wins his 16thaward, tying the record shared by P Jim Kaat and 3B Brooks Robinson. SS Omar Vizquel wins his 11thaward, while OF Andruw Jones wins his 9thin a row.
6thThe Rangers hire Oakland Athletics’ coach Ron Washington as their new manager.
8thThe Padres hire Angels’ pitching coach Bud Black as their new manager.
The Indians obtain 2B Josh Barfield from the Padres in exchange for IF Kevin Kouzmanoff and P Andrew Brown.
The Athletics reach a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. to build a new ballpark in Fremont. If approved by the city, the A’s could begin playing there as soon as 2011.
10thThe Yankees send OF Gary Sheffield to the Tigers for 3 minor league pitchers—Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett.
12thThe Yankees trade pitcher Jaret Wright to the Orioles in exchange for P Chris Britton.
13thJustin Verlander of the Tigers and Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins are named winners of the Rookie of the Year Award in the American and National League, respectively. Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Zimmerman are runners-up.
14thThe Nationals name 37-year-old Mets coach Manny Acta as their new manager. Acta becomes the youngest manager in the ML, replacing Frank Robinson, who had been the oldest.
Arizona Diamondbacks P Brandon Webb is named winner of the NL Cy Young Award, beating out SD reliever Trevor Hoffman.
The Mets sign free agent pitcher Orlando Hernandez.
15thThe Mets send pitchers Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for OF Ben Johnson and P Jon Adkins.
Joe Girardi and Jim Leyland are announced as winners of the Manager of the Year Award in the NL and AL, respectively.
16thThe White Sox send reliever Neal Cotts to the crosstown Cubs in exchange for pitchers David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.
The Commissioner’s office announces that the Cardinals set a record with a $362,173 World Series share, nearly $40,000 more than what White Sox players received in 2005.
Johan Santana wins his 2ndCy Young Award in 3 years, again as a unanimous choice. New York’s Chien-Ming Wang finishes a distant second.
17thThe Athletics hire bench coach Bob Geren as their new manager, replacing Ken Macha.
The Blue Jays sign free agent 1B/DH Frank Thomas to a two-year $18 million contract.
The Phillies sign free agent IF Wes Helms to a two-year contract.
The Mets sign free agent IF Damion Easley to a contract.
19thThe Angels sign free agent P Justin Speier to a four-year contract.
The Rangers agree to a three-year deal with free agent OF Frank Catalanotto.
20thPhiladelphia’s Ryan Howard is named NL Most Valuable Player, beating out Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.
The Cubs sign free agent 2B/OF Alfonso Soriano to an 8-year, $136 million contract. Besides being baseball’s first 40-40-40 man, he had 22 outfield assists.
The Mets sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a contract.
The Marlins send pitchers Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas to the Mets in exchange for pitchers Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens. Florida also sends P Chris Resop to the Angels for P Kevin Gregg.
The Reds agree to a three-year contract with free agent SS Alex Gonzalez, and a two-year contract with P Mike Stanton. Cincinnati also sends C Jason LaRue to the Royals for a player to be named.
The Orioles sign free agent P Jamie Walker to a three-year deal.
21stMinnesota’s Justin Morneau is named AL Most Valuable Player, edging out Derek Jeter of the Yankees.
22ndThe Dodgers sign free agent OF Juan Pierre to a five-year $44 million contract.
In a rare misstep, the Angels sign free agent OF Gary Matthews Jr. to a five-year $50 million contract. For Matthews, who is coming off a career year, this is his seventh team (San Diego twice).
24thThe Astros sign free agent OF Carlos Lee to a 6-year deal and free agent P Woody Williams to a two-year deal.
25thThe Diamondbacks acquire pitchers Doug Davis and Dana Eveland and OF Dave Krynzel from the Brewers in exchange for C Johnny Estrada and pitchers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas.
26thThe Orioles sign free agent P Danys Baez to a three-year deal.
The Brewers trade pitchers Doug Davis and Dana Eveland and OF Dave Krynzel to the Diamondbacks for C Johnny Estrada and pitchers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas.
27thThe Reds sign free agent C Chad Moeller to a contract.
The Phillies agree on a three-year $24 million contract with free agent P Adam Eaton. Eaton, 28, was 4-0 with the Padres in 2006 after winning 11 in each of the two previous seasons.
The Indians reach a preliminary agreement with free agent OF David Dellucci on a three-year deal.
28thThe Dodgers sign free agent P Randy Wolf to a one-year $8 million contract.
The Cardinals sign free agent 2B Adam Kennedy to a three-year contract and P Kip Wells to a one-year deal. Kennedy will play two years and the Cards will give him his release a week before the start of spring training 2009.
29thThe Brewers sign free agent IF Craig Counsell to a two-year deal.