This Date In Transactions History: February 2nd

February 2nd isn't just known for groundhogs looking at their shadows or Bill Murray getting stuck in time warps.  Some notable moves have taken place as well…

  • The Blue Jays signed Kevin Gregg one year ago today.  The one-year, $2.75MM contract (with two option years) was seen as a surprising move for the Jays given that they weren't expected to spend money on a closer, but Gregg delivered a solid season at the back of the Toronto bullpen.  Gregg rebuilt enough value to become a Type B free agent, and thus netted the Jays a compensation round draft pick when they declined his options and the right-hander signed with Baltimore.
  • On this day in 2009, the Mets signed Oliver Perez to a three-year, $36MM contract that will go down as one of the worst deals in the history of the franchise.  Perez has a 6.81 ERA in 31 games (21 of them starts) over the last two seasons, battling injuries and raising the ire of fans, Mets management and his own teammates when he refused a minor league assignment last year.  
  • The Mets made a better pitching transaction the year prior, acquiring Johan Santana from the Twins for a package of four prospects.  Santana signed a new six-year, $137.5MM deal with New York and has delivered a 2.85 ERA and 3.02 K/BB ratio in 88 starts for the team.  Santana's performance dipped a bit last year, however, and he will be out until next summer after undergoing left shoulder surgery.  As for Minnesota, only one of the four prospects they got back for Santana is still with the organization — minor league right-hander Deolis Guerra.  The Twins released Philip Humber and dealt Kevin Mulvey and Carlos Gomez for Jon Rauch and J.J. Hardy, respectively.  Those two players, Rauch especially, played key roles in the Twins' back-to-back AL Central titles.
  • Sammy Sosa officially parted ways with the Cubs when he was traded to the Orioles in 2005 in exchange for Mike Fontenot, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Dave Crouthers.  That deal was finalized on this day six years ago, and Sosa proceeded to deliver just a .671 OPS in his lone season with the O's.
  • After cracking the 50-homer plateau in 1998, Greg Vaughn was dealt from the NL champion Padres (along with Mark Sweeney) to Cincinnati in exchange for Reggie Sanders, Damian Jackson and Josh Harris on this day in 1999.  Vaughn became the first player in history to be swapped after a 50-homer season, and he followed his big year up with 45 homers for the Reds in 1999 before leaving for free agency and a deal with Tampa Bay.  Sanders had a tremendous 1999 season himself, posting a .904 OPS that actually topped Vaughn (.881 OPS) that year.
  • Soon after the St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles, the franchise released Satchel Paige on this day in 1954.  Paige had a 3.28 ERA over the previous two seasons with the Browns and was coming off two All-Star appearances, but the legendary Negro Leagues star was 47 years old (though Paige's age was always in some dispute).  Paige pitched minor league ball in the Phillies' system from 1956-58, started five games for Portland of the PCL in 1961 and then, incredibly, returned to the majors in 1965 to start one game for the Kansas City A's.  At age 54, Paige pitched three scoreless innings against Boston, holding the Red Sox to one hit.
  • Also of note, it was on this day in 1936 that the inaugural Hall of Fame class was announced.  Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner were the first five players to be inducted to Cooperstown.

24 Responses to This Date In Transactions History: February 2nd Leave a Reply

  1. Eric 4 years ago

    Sometimes you forget Sosa was even with the Orioles.

  2. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Feb 2nd 2009…..the beginning of Omar’s end.

  3. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    To be 100% honest, when the Yanks signed CC and were known to be looking for another pitcher, I honestly thought signing Perez might be a good idea. The idea of having two hard throwing lefties @ the age 28 and 27 was too good not to entertain. I’m so glad it wasn’t done. Our AAA staff woulf be too full with both Igawa and Perez.

    • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

      No it wouldn’t because Perez wouldn’t accept a minor league assignment.

    • haha well at least the yankees would have enough money to releasehim like the mets should have

    • Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

      The Mets needed to sign him. After two straight years of losing the Phillies in September, Minaya had to make a move. Remember, Perez was 4-0 with an ERA of 1.76 against PHIL in 2008, and Pelfrey wasn’t showing much upside. Minaya was in a bad fix, but would have been better off getting Derek Lowe.

  4. Paige was actually 59 when he pitched in 1965, pretty crazy.

  5. dc21892 4 years ago

    That’s quite the HOF class.

  6. redsox927 4 years ago

    Satchel Paige was 58 when he pitched 3 scoreless innings against the Sox in 1965… Just wanted to point it out since it puts more emphasis on how incredible it was that he was able to do what he did.

  7. redsox927 4 years ago

    59 your right EHenson

  8. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

    I loved watching Greg Vaughn hit. He was just a classic hitter who was always swinging for the fences, kinda like Jose Bautista.

  9. Sky14 4 years ago

    My twins got raped…heres to hoping Guerra can reach thed majors

  10. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Probably Top 5 worst

  11. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    “All together the guy pitches like a number 4 starter…”

    Actually he pitches like a number 46 starter…(in a rotation of 5)…

  12. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Baffling indeed.

  13. Mdey 4 years ago

    I know it’s an incredibly bad deal for Met’s Fans, but it’s over after this year. Scott Boras ripped you guys off for 36 million. He’s ripped off many other teams for far more.

  14. Chuck345 4 years ago

    You know it is a huge compliment when to say he pitches like a number 4 starter. Huge.

  15. Ya, you are right. It is for certain in the top 5 worst moves ever made by the Mets contending with the trading of SCOTT KAZMIR, signing LUIS CASTILLO, MO VAUGHN, and ROBERTO ALOMAR.

  16. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Naaa…even though they got nothing back from him I could easily rattle off Zito, Neagle, Park, Hampton and Rowand as worse IMO, just because of the dollars.

  17. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Darren Dreifort.

  18. Sky14 4 years ago


  19. Mdey 4 years ago

    I feel much sorrier for the small and mid market teams Boras has screwed. The Mets, not so much.

  20. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

    I thought it was a good deal at the time. Remember in 2008, he went like 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA against the Phillies. i think it was the WBC that ruined him; he didn’t get proper training. The Mets would have been better off signing Derek Lowe that winter.

  21. Chuck345 4 years ago


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