1st It didn’t take long. The Dodgers sign former Yankees manager Joe Torre to a three-year contract as their new skipper.
5thThe Pirates hire former 3rd-base coach John Russell as their new manager.
Cleveland Indians general manager Mark Shapiro is selected major league executive of the year by The Sporting News.
6thPitcher Greg Maddux wins his record 17thGold Glove, breaking a tie with third baseman Brooks Robinson and pitcher Jim Kaat for the most awards. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez wins for the 13thtime while ten different players won for the first time.
The San Francisco Chroniclereports OF Jose Guillen and former MLers Matt Williams and Ismael Valdez purchased performance-enhancing drugs from 2002 to 2005.
7thThe Astros send Brad Lidge and utility player Eric Bruntlett to the Phillies for OF Michael Bourn, righthanded reliever Geoff Geary and third-base prospect Mike Costanzo. Bourn will be the starting center fielder, moving Hunter Pence to right field.
8thThe Tampa Bay Devil Rays officially shorten their nickname to the Rays. The team also unveils new uniforms and new team colors.
9thSilver Slugger Awards are announced. Alex Rodriguez wins his 9th, tying Barry Larkin for 3rdplace on the all-time win list. Vladimir Guerrero wins for the 7thtime, while David Ortiz wins his 4thin a row.
12thThe Cubs send OF Jacque Jones to the Tigers for utility IF Omar Infante. Jones hit .285 in each of the last two seasons, but after a poor start in 2008, the Tigers will cut him after 24 games.
Brewers third sacker Ryan Braun edges Troy Tulowitzki by 2 points in balloting for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Braun set a rookie record with a .634 slugging percentage but his fielding percentage (.895) wasn’t much higher. Dustin Pedroia wins the AL award in a runaway, easily topping Delmon Young.
13thThe Twins trade OF Craig Monroe to the Cubs for a player to be named.
CC Sabathia wins the AL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin over Josh Beckett.
14thCleveland’s Eric Wedge and Arizona’s Bob Melvin win the AL and NL Manager of the Year awards.
15thJake Peavy is the unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award.
All-time HR champion Barry Bonds is indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.
16thThe Braves send P Oscar Villarreal to the Astros for OF Josh Anderson.
18thThe United States defeats Cuba, 6-3, to win the Baseball World Cup.
The Athletics trade IF Marco Scutaro to the Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Kristian Bell and Graham Godfrey.
Free agent P Tom Glavine agrees to a one-year deal to return to the Atlanta Braves.
19thThe White Sox send P Jon Garland to the Angels in exchange for SS Orlando Cabrera.
Alex Rodriguez wins his 3rdMVP award, easily defeating Magglio Ordonez in the AL race.
Free agent C Jason LaRue agrees to a one-year contract with the Cardinals.
20thJimmy Rollins edges Matt Holliday for the NL MVP award.
The Phillies acquire OF Chris Snelling from the Rays for cash.
The Mets get C Johnny Estrada from the Brewers in exchange for P Guillermo Mota.
21stC Jason Kendall reaches agreement on a one-year deal with the Brewers.
The Angels agree to a five-year deal with free agent OF Torii Hunter.
23rdBlue Jays P Joe Kennedy dies suddenly at his home.
27thFormer Rockies P Dan Serafini is suspended for 50 games for failing a test for a performance-enhancing drug.
28thThe Mets acquire P Brian Stokes from the Rays for cash.
The Reds sign free agent P Francisco Cordero to a four-year contract.
The White Sox sign free agent P Scott Linebrink to a four-year deal.
The Rays trade OF Delmon Young, SS Brendan Harris and OF Jason Pridie to the Twins for P Matt Garza, SS Jason Bartlett, and P Eduardo Morlan.
30thFree agent P Troy Percival signs a two-year contract with the Rays.
Free agent IF Cesar Izturis agrees to a one-year contract with the Cardinals.
The Mets send highly touted young OF Lastings Milledge to the Nationals for C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church.