Major Transactions From 1998 Season

Here are the major transaction from the 1998 season including the fire-sale of the 1997 World Series Champions:

Who’s new: Who’s gone:
Oscar Henriquez, RHP
Manuel Barrios, RHP
Mark Johnson, RHP
(trade, Astros)
Moises Alou, OF
(trade, Astros)
Joe Fontenot, RHP
Mike Villano, RHP
Mike Pageler, RHP
(trade, Giants)
Rob Nenn, RHP
(trade, Giants)
Jesus Martinez, LHP
(trade, Diamondbacks)
Devon White, CF
(trade, Diamondbacks)
Blaine Mull, RHP
(trade, Royals)
Jeff Conine, 1B
(trade, Royals)
Chris Clark, RHP
(trade, Padres)
Ed Vosberg, LHP
(trade, Padres)
Brandon Cromer, IF
(waivers, Pirates)
Rafael Medina, P
Steve Hoff, P
Derrek Lee, 1B
(trade, Padres)
Kevin Brown, RHP
(trade, Padres)
Lorenzo Bundy, Bench Coach Jerry Manuel, Bench Coach
(Manager, White Sox)
Rich Dubee, Pitching Coach Larry Rotschild, Pitching Coach
(Manager, Devil-Rays)
Tony Saunders, LHP
Mike Duvall, LHP
Randy Winn, OF
(expansion draft, Devil Rays)
Fletcher Bates, OF
Scott Comer, P
(trade, Mets)
Dennis Cook, LHP
(trade, Mets)
Eric Ludwick, RHP
(trade, A’s)
Kurt Abbott, IF
(trade, A’s)
Randy Knorr, C
(free agent)
Hector Ramirez, RHP
(trade, Orioles)
Jesus Sanchez, LHP
A.J. Burnett, RHP
Brandon Villafuerte, RHP
(trade, Mets)
Al Leiter, P
(trade, Mets)
Kurt Miller, RHP
(trade, Cubs)
Darren Daulton, 1B
(retirement)
Alex Arias, SS
(released, Philadelphia)
Mike Piazza, C
Todd Zeile, 3B
(trade, Dodgers)
Charles Johnson, C
Gary Sheffield, OF
Bobby Bonilla, 3B
Jim Eisenreich, 1B/OF
Manuel Barrios, P
(trade, Dodgers)
Preston Wilson, OF
Ed Yarnall, LHP
Geoff Goetz, P
(trade, Mets)
Mike Piazza, C
(trade, Mets)
Brian Edmondson, P
(waivers, Braves)
Ramon Castro, C
(trade, Astros)
Jay Powell, P
Scott Makarewicz, C
(trade, Astros)
Jose Santo, 3B
Dan DeYoung, P
(trade, Rangers)
Todd Zeile, 3B
(trade, Rangers)
Kevin Orie, 3b
Jason Speier, P
(trade, Cubs)
Felix Heredia, P
Steve Hoff, P
(trade, Cubs)
Manuel Barrios, P
(waivers, Dodgers)

Smiley Withdraws Bid Clearing Way for Henry Purchase

In what appears to be the first step in John Henry’s purchase of the Florida Marlins, Don Smiley withdrew his bid to buy the team. Smiley‘s 14-month attempt to purchase the team was unable to gather enough money. This clears way for John Henry to complete his deal. In more exciting news, GM Dave Dombrowski who built a deep minor league system and a world champion re-signed for 5 more years. Despite lucrative offers, specifically from the Dodgers, Dombrowski opted to stay in South Florida. Henry has already indicated that he wants to invest more money in the payroll and name Dombrowski the president of the ball club.

John Henry On Verge of Buying Marlins

News out of Wayne Huizenga and John Henry‘s representatives indicate that Henry is on the verge of purchasing the Florida Marlins. Henry has already promised to build a new stadium from his own funds. He also suggested that any public fund would be welcome and allow him to direct more of his money to the payroll. Henry also would keep Dave Dombrowski as President and General Manager. Finally, and most importantly, Henry would increase the payroll back to a competitive level, probably convincing Jim Leyland to stay. At this point, Henry still has not sold his 1% of the NY Yankees and Huizenga has not submitted his name for approval by Major League Baseball.