This Day In Transaction Historical past: Thanksgiving
By TC Zencka | November 26, 2020 at 8:23am CDTThanksgiving isn’t normally a barnburner of a day so far as baseball transactions are involved, however that’s sample greater than rule. Most years one thing official occurs alongside the strains of Matt Skole signing with the White Sox in 2019 or Jason Lane signing with the Padres in 2014 – however three years particularly gave us a heaping portion of baseball information befitting turkey day: 2005, 2007, 2009. Whereas we wait to see what occurs this 12 months, let’s return and have a look at a number of the most impactful strikes made on Thanksgiving day.
Final 12 months was a quiet Thanksgiving day, however there was lots to speak about. In the event you recall, we had been simply in the future faraway from the four-player Brewers/Padres swap that noticed Trent Grisham and Zach Davies land in San Diego. MLBTR readers weighed in on Thanksgiving with extra individuals preferring the Brewers’ facet of the deal. The Brew Crew landed promising infielder Luis Urías and potential rotation arm Eric Lauer. A 12 months eliminated, my guess is the general public sentiment could have modified. This one may want extra time to gestate, nevertheless, earlier than a remaining willpower might be made.
On this similar date and day in historical past, the Cleveland Indians signed an novice free agent that modified the fortunes of their franchise. Jose Ramirez – a 17-year-old novice free agent out of Dominican Republic – signed on Thursday, November 26, 2009. He would debut within the Majors simply 4 years later as a 20-year-old.
On the identical day, the Toronto Blue Jays struck in free company signing shortstop Álex González to a free agent contract. After all, this isn’t the Alex Gonzalez most Blue Jays followers will keep in mind greatest. This A-Gon spent only a few months north of the border. He was traded to the Braves on July 14th of the next season as a part of a four-player deal that despatched Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes to Toronto. Escobar would internet 8.6 bWAR throughout 2 1/2 seasons with the Jays, whereas Reyes could be claimed off waivers by the Orioles later that season.
In 2007, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim invested closely in a free agent centerfielder who had spent the whole lot of his profession to that time within the Twin Cities. Torii Hunter signed for $89.5MM over 5 years to roam the grass in Anaheim. He’d win two Gold Gloves and make two All-Star groups whereas racking up 20.7 bWAR as an Angel. They received their cash’s price as Hunter would publish one of the best two seasons of his profession by bWAR whereas with the Angels (2009, 2012).
The Cincinnati Reds signed Miguel Rojas as an novice free agent on November 24, 2005. Rojas would keep within the Reds’ minor league system for a full six seasons earlier than being granted free company and becoming a member of the Dodgers in 2012.
That very same season, the Marlins did some work with two vital trades on Thanksgiving. The primary despatched Carlos Delgado and money to the Mets for Grant Psomas, Mike Jacobs and Yusmeiro Petit. Delgado spent only one season in Florida, however he did seize a Sixth-place MVP end that 12 months for slashing .301/.399/.582 with 33 bombs.
Their different deal helped deliver the second title of the century to the Crimson Sox. The Fish traded Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota to Boston for Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia, Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez would have numerous stable years with the Fish, whereas Hanley Ramirez developed right into a cornerstone shortstop and the face of the franchise.
Alex Gonzalez Carlos Delgado Eric Lauer Guillermo Mota Hanley Ramirez Jo-Jo Reyes Jose Ramirez Josh Beckett Miguel Rojas Mike Jacobs Mike Lowell Torii Hunter Trent Grisham Yunel Escobar Yusmeiro Petit Zach Davies19 feedback