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1975 Chuck Tanner signs a three-year deal to manage the A's. After compiling an 87-74 (.540) record to finish in second place, Oakland will release the New Castle, PA native from his contract, allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 from Pittsburgh.
2001 The Giants sign free-agent Jason Schmidt to a $31-million four-year deal, keeping the right-hander in the City by the Bay. The 28 year-old free agent, after being traded by the Pirates, along with John Vander Wal, to San Francisco for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong, was 7-1 for San Francisco last season.
2009 The Orioles finalize their $12 million, two-year deal with Mike Gonzalez, hoping the veteran southpaw reliever can outpitch his competition this spring to become a dependable closer for the team, that has not had one since trading George Sherrill to L.A. at the end of July. The 31 year-old Texan posted a 5-4 record with 10 saves for Atlanta last season, and in 2006 compiled a career-high 24 saves for the Pirates before undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery the following season.

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