Reds GM Warren Giles announces the team has traded veteran catcher Ernie Lombardi to the Braves for two players to be named later. The 33 year-old future Hall of Famer will hit .330 during his one season with his new team, capturing the batting crown, a feat that will not be repeated again by a catcher until 2006 when Twins backstop Joe Mauer leads the American League.
Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio becomes the first American Leaguer to make $100,000 in one season. Hank Greenberg was the first player to make six figures when he accepted the Pirates offer in 1947 after being waived by the Tigers.
Jesse Orosco becomes 'the player to be named later' in the Mets' trade of Jerry Koosman to the Twins. The left-handed reliever will spend 24 seasons in the major leagues, setting the all-time record for appearances with 1,252.
The Mariners select Reds minor leaguer Danny Tartabull as compensation for the loss of Floyd Bannister to the White Sox. The outfielder will hit .270 and receive consideration for the Rookie of the Year Award in 1986, but will be traded away in the off season along with Rick Luecken to the Royals for Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery and Steve Shields.
For only the second time since the practice has been implemented, a player is forced to take less due to salary arbitration when Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser signs for $800,000, a twenty-percent pay-cut. After winning the Cy Young Award and leading the team to a World Series championship a year later, the right-hander will become the highest-paid player in the major leagues.
The Tigers sign 31 year-old right fielder Magglio Ordonez (.292, 9, 37) for five years for a reported $75 million. The contract for the free agent slugger, recovering from knee surgery, includes options which could extend the All-Star’s stay in Detroit for an additional two years, making the deal nearly $100 million.
Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent yesterday, singles in the tying run and then scores the winning run as Henry Blanco's pop fly bounces off the head off Erick Aybar, giving Venezuela its first Caribbean Series championship since 1989. The ball, which the Dominican Republic Licey's Tigers’ shortstop lost in the lights, is ruled a double and caps a two-run bottom of the ninth rally, resulting in 5-4 comeback victory for the Caracas Lions.
The Sports Illustrated website reports Alex Rodriguez is one of the 104 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. The testing, which was intended only to determine the extent of steroid use by players at the time, revealed the Ranger shortstop was using Primobolan, an anabolic substance.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announces Rusty Staub will be one of the inductees at its June 23 ceremony in St. Marys, Ontario, along with former big-league pitcher Rheal Cormier, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, and the 2011 Pan Am Games gold-medal winning Team Canada senior squad. The former Expos outfielder, referred to as Le Grand Orange by the Montreal fans because of his red hair, was a fan favorite in the early days of the franchise due to his work ethic and for his active role in promoting the game north of the border.
Avoiding arbitration, Elvis Andrus and the Rangers come to terms on a three-year, $14.6 million contract. The agreement gives the 23 year-old infielder an early opportunity to sign a huge deal when he reaches free agency, which works with Texas' plans to make Jurickson Profar, currently playing A ball, their starting shortstop in a couple of years.
Alex Rodriguez, who has consistently denied the use of banned substances while wearing Yankee pinstripes, drops his two lawsuits against MLB, ending the likelihood of a long drawn-out legal battle over his season-long suspension handed down for the alleged use of performance-enhancing substances. The Bronx Bomber third baseman was one of 14 individuals suspended due to baseball’s investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic, but was the only player to contest his penalty, which was the longest ever given for using PEDs.