This Date In Transactions History: November 26th

Though November 26th hasn't historically been as action-packed as the day that precedes it, some memorable transactions have gone down on this date in baseball history. Here's a closer look:

  • One year ago today, the Blue Jays signed free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal with an option for 2011. He responded by hitting 17 homers and 25 doubles in 85 games for the Blue Jays. When it became apparent that Yunel Escobar had fallen out of favor in Atlanta, GM Alex Anthopoulos flipped Gonzalez and two prospects to the Braves for Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes.
  • On this date in 2007, Kerry Wood signed a one-year deal with the Cubs worth $4.2MM plus incentives. Wood rebuilt his value by saving 34 games and posting 11.4 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 and went on to sign a two-year, $20.5MM deal with Cleveland the following winter.
  • The Yankees released Hensley Meulens on this date in 1993. Now the Giants' hitting coach, Meulens is reunited with longtime Yankee executive Brian Sabean in San Francisco.
  • On this date in 1986, the Yankees sent Doug Drabek to the Pirates in a six-player trade. In six seasons in Pittsburgh, Drabek logged 1362 2/3 innings of 3.02 ERA ball and won a Cy Young Award. His son Kyle Drabek, now a pitcher for the Blue Jays, was born a year after the Yankees-Pirates trade.

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