This Date In Transactions History: February 6th

14 years ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed an 18-year-old pitcher named Jose Valverde as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Before eventually being traded to the Astros, Valverde spent over a decade in the Diamondbacks' organization, culminating in a 2007 season in which he earned his first All-Star berth and received MVP and Cy Young votes. Let's take a look back at some other notable moves that took place on February 6th over the years….

  • In 2009, the Dodgers inked Randy Wolf to a one-year deal with a base salary of $5MM. Wolf ended up earning another $3MM in innings bonuses, racking up 214 1/3 IP in a career-high 34 starts. The left-hander parlayed his strong season into a three-year, $29.75MM contract with the Brewers last winter.
  • The Rays signed Eric Hinske to a one-year contract worth $800K in 2008, a big step down from Hinske's 2007 salary ($5.625MM). However, the former Rookie of the Year proved to be not only a bargain, but something of a good luck charm, as his 20 homers helped get the Rays to the World Series – it was the second of three consecutive seasons in which the American League champion had Hinske on its roster.
  • On February 6th, 2004, Ivan Rodriguez signed what will be the last eight-figure contract of his career, agreeing to a four-year, $40MM deal with the Tigers. While Pudge's offensive production had slipped by the end of the contract, his 2004 campiagn ranks among his best; the backstop hit .334/.383/.510 and earned his 11th Gold Glove.
  • In 2003, the Yankees made a big international splash by locking up Cuban defector Jose Contreras to a $32MM deal. Contreras ultimately ended up winning three games in the 2005 postseason en route to a World Series title. Of course, by then he was pitching for the White Sox, who acquired him at 2004's trade deadline for Esteban Loaiza.
  • 1998 featured arguably the most eventful February 6th in baseball transactions history, when both New York clubs made major trades on the same day. The Yankees shipped Cristian Guzman, Eric Milton, Danny Mota, Brian Buchanan, and cash to Minnesota in exchange for Chuck Knoblauch. Across town, the Mets acquired Al Leiter and Ralph Millard from the Marlins for A.J. Burnett, Jesus Sanchez, and Rob Stratton. It's hard to argue that either New York team lost their respective deals – besides Burnett, none of the players the Yankees and Mets gave up turned into above-average big league contributors. In New York, Leiter recorded a 3.42 ERA in 1360 career innings for the Mets; meanwhile, though Knoblauch's throwing troubles began in 1999 and he and Jeter weren't quite the legendary double-play combo that people expected, the second baseman's arrival in the Bronx coincided with the start of three straight World Series victories.
  • Finally, 1895 easily trumped even 1998 in terms of impact on baseball history. No transactions occurred, but a future icon was born on this day in Baltimore, 116 years ago: Babe Ruth.
  • Other players involved in February 6th transactions include Jason Varitek, Bengie Molina, Ellis Burks, Eric Karros, Darren Oliver, Tim Raines, and, way back in 1934, Dazzy Vance.


7 Responses to This Date In Transactions History: February 6th Leave a Reply

  1. jaydubdub 4 years ago

    Blech! Please, I implore you, stop filling up my RSS feed reader with these mundane “This Date in Transactions History” posts!

    No one can possibly have any use for them!

    I mean, what value is there in the last bullet point above: “Other players involved in February 6th transactions include Jason Varitek, Bengie Molina, Ellis Burks, Eric Karros, Darren Oliver, Tim Raines, and, way back in 1934, Dazzy Vance.”? Not that I want the details, but there aren’t any specifics about what the transactions were!

    As much as I love this site and read it daily, at times it walks a line of becoming too bloated with updates for the sake of updating (rather than for the sake of passing along legitimate “new”s).

    • Jake Lunemann 4 years ago

      It takes like 0.2 seconds to scroll past the posts you don’t like. I’d say you wasted more time writing this post than you do in a two weeks of scrolling past posts you don’t read.

  2. Wouldn’t it be cool to do a “TDITH: Super Bowl Sunday” instead of February 6?

    • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

      Not for people such as myself who don’t like football. This is a baseaball site after all.

  3. nick1538 4 years ago

    I couldn’t help but laugh after reading the article from 1998 that is linked to the part about the future of the Knoblauch/Jeter double play combo. “Knoblauch and Jeter could redefine middle-infield excellence as they play together in the years to come.” Hilarious!

  4. Mario Saavedra 4 years ago

    I’m sure Chirstian Guzman and Eric Milton were above average for at least a couple of seasons, but yes, hard to argue that the NY teams lost the trades.

  5. Jake Lunemann 4 years ago

    Guzman and Milton were incredibly important players in the Twins turning their organization around from perennial doormats. Plus the Twins flipped Buchanan for Jason Bartlett who was part of bringing Delmon Young and Brendan Harris to town. They also flipped Milton after several good years for Nick Punto and Carlos Silva. While you can’t say the Yankees “lost” the trade, I’m not sure you can say they outright won it. The Twins gave up a star with only a few good years left and got back solid years from Eric Milton, Cristian Guzman, Jason Bartlett, and now Delmon Young. Plus, manager Ron Gardenhire got an ample supply of “grit” with many years of Nick Punto. 😉

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