Lou Perini is replaced by Joe Cairnes as president of the Braves. Perini, the owner of the club, will be best remembered as the person responsible for moving the franchise from Boston to Milwaukee in 1953.
Due to his fear of flying, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Jensen announces his retirement. The 1958 MVP will later change his mind.
The rules initiated last season to make balk calls more uniform throughout baseball are rescinded and are replaced by the pre-1988 rules. The wording change from 'a complete stop' to 'a single complete and discernible stop, with both feet on the ground' had caused umpires to call an unprecedented amount of balks in both the American and National League.
Red Sox hire Elaine Weddington as the assistant general manager of the team making her the highest ranking black female executive in major league baseball.
The June 8-10 (Arlington) and June 15-17 (Houston) interleague games between the Astros and Rangers will be known as the Lone Star Series. It will be first time ever the two Texas teams have ever played one another during the regular season.
The Mariners trade David Bell to the Giants for infielder Desi Relaford. The veteran third baseman became expendable when Seattle acquired Jeff Cirillo from the Rockies earlier in the off-season.
After failing to sign free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado, the Mets quickly fill the void at first base by trading minor league prospect Ian Bladergroen and a player to be named (or cash) to Boston for Gold Glover Doug Mientkiewicz. The Red Sox, who acquired the 30-year-old infielder from the Twins at the non-waiver trade deadline to solidify their defense, will use heavy hitting, light fielding Kevin Millar at first.
The Yankees sign starting pitcher Andy Pettitte to a $5.5 million, one-year deal, less than half the club’s original $10 million offer. The 36-year-old southpaw, however, can make an additional $4.5 million based on innings pitched and another $2 million dependent on days spent on the active roster.
Avoiding salary arbitration, the Royals and Zack Greinke agree to a $38 million, four-year contract. The 25-year old right-hander, grateful to the club for their understanding of his social disorder which caused him to bolt from spring training two years ago, posted a 13-10 record last season with the best ERA (3.47) by a Kansas City starter in 11 years.
Jon Garland and the Padres agree to a $5.3 million, one-year deal that includes a mutual option for $6.75 million in 2011. Along with Chris Young and Kevin Correia, the 30-year old right-hander, known for his durability, will play a major role in San Diego’s rotation.
Ben Sheets and the A's come to terms on a $10 million, one-year contract making the free-agent right-hander the team’s second-highest paid player behind third baseman Eric Chavez. The 31-year-old, recovering from elbow surgery that caused him to miss all of last season, compiled an 86-83 record along with a 3.72 ERA in his first eight seasons in the major leagues, all with Milwaukee.
Prince Fielder and the Tigers agree to a nine-year, $214 million contract, a move necessitated with the AL Central champion's loss of Victor Martinez, who could miss the entire season after tearing his left ACL while conditioning in the off-season. As a child, Prince hit fence-clearing drives when taking batting practice with his dad, Cecil, who hit 51 home runs playing with Detroit in 1990.
The Mets announce that John Franco, the club's all-time leader in saves and games pitched, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. The All-Star closer, who has the second longest tenure in franchise history behind Ed Kranepool, compiled 276 saves of his career 424 saves, the most by any left-handed reliever in baseball history, with New York.
The Nationals announce that William Howard Taft has been named to become the fifth participant in the team's iconic Presidents Race, a Washington, D.C. ballpark tradition since 2006. The 27th President of the United States will compete against the Rushmore Four, George, Tom, Abe and Teddy.