This Date In Transactions History: November 25th

On this date last year, the White Sox signed Andruw Jones and the Blue Jays locked up John McDonald. Those deals were relatively small, but November 25th has traditionally been a busy day for hot stove action. Here's a quick recap:

  • On this date in 2005, the Phillies sent Jim Thome to the White Sox for a package that included Aaron Rowand and Gio Gonzalez. Thome went on to hit 124 homers in four seasons for the White Sox, but the Phillies didn't miss him too much. Ryan Howard developed into an offensive force and replaced Thome's bat in the middle of Philadelphia's order. The White Sox didn't miss Gonzalez for long – they re-acquired him along with Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia one year later. Meanwhile, Rowand turned in one mediocre season and one excellent season before signing a free agent contract with the Giants. 
  • The Phillies-White Sox swap may not have a clear winner, but this 2003 trade certainly does. Seven years ago today, the Cubs sent Hee-Seop Choi and Mike Nannini to the Marlins for Derrek Lee. The Marlins would soon flip Choi to Los Angeles with Brad Penny in the deal that sent Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota and Juan Encarnacion to Florida. The Cubs got years of All-Star production from Lee, who posted a .298/.378/.524 line in seven seasons in Chicago.
  • Back in 1998, the Yankees signed free agent center fielder Bernie Williams to a seven-year $87.5MM deal. The Yankees had been offering $60MM, so Buster Olney wrote in the New York Times that "the team caved… in a stunning reversal." The Red Sox also had interest in Williams, and the Yankees had their sights on Albert Belle as a backup plan until the Orioles offered him $65MM over five years. Ultimately, Williams said "It came down to the fact that I wanted to be a Yankee."

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4 Comments on "This Date In Transactions History: November 25th"

4 years 9 months ago

hey BNS, I hope Tim gives you a Turkey and some beer to go with your posts today!

4 years 9 months ago

And on Thanksgiving 2003, Theo Epstein convinced Curt Schilling to accept a trade to the Red Sox leading to the famous “bloody sock” game and the end of the “curse of the Bambino”. Thanks Curt!

4 years 9 months ago

If we look at only those Phillies-White Sox trades I’d say the winner isn’t so murky.

Curse you, Freddy Garcia.

4 years 9 months ago

It always saddens me when I hear about Albert Belle because he could have been a truly great player had his actions not gotten in the way of his ability.