Expecting a quiet day on Thanksgiving? it's true that things tend to slow down on the major holidays, but the business of baseball never stops. Thanksgiving itself might not have a lengthy trade history, but we've had some notable transactions go down on November 28th..
- The Rays and Twins completed a six-player trade on this date in 2007. The Rays received Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett, and Eddie Morlan while Minnesota received Delmon Young, Brendan Harris, and Jason Pridie. The Rays were the winners of the trade with Garza and Barlett helping their new team to its first World Series in 2008. The Twins didn't come away totally empty-handed, however. It's easy to forget now, but Young had a career season in 2010, hitting .298/.333/.493 with 21 homers. Today, Garza finds himself as one of the most desirable starting pitchers on the free agent market.
- On the same day, the Reds signed Francisco Cordero to a four-year, $46MM deal. Cordero pitched to a 2.96 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in four seasons with Cincinnati, but he's had a rough time ever since. Cordero has been derailed by injuries and at last check, the reliever is shooting for a return in 2014.
- On this date in 2003, the Red Sox acquired Curt Schilling from the Diamondbacks for Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, Jorge de la Rosa, and minor leaguer Michael Gross. Schilling helped Boston to World Championships in 2004 and 2007, and other than Lyon (4.03 ERA in 232 IP), Arizona didn't get much out of this trade.
- The Mariners signed David Ortiz, a young slugger out of the Dominican Republic, on this date in 1992, and eventually traded him to the Twins four years later. Of course, Big Papi would go on to find his greatest success in Boston.
Mike Axisa's post from 2010 was used in the creation of this post.