The Cardinals release OF Bobby Bonds. Despite 326 home runs and 456 stolen bases in 13 seasons, he hit just .203 with St. Louis. Bonds will make one more stop, his sixth in the last four years, with the Cubs in 1981 (.215 in 45 games).
Tom Seaver agrees to a new contract with the Mets, completing a trade that sends him back to New York from Cincinnati. The Reds receive three players for the three-time Cy Young Award winner who will go 9-14, 3.55 for the Mets.
MLB agrees on a standard ball but not on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Commish Landis will eventually choose 25. The NL grants Cincinnati its season opener a day before other teams to recognize baseball’s 100th anniversary and the AL permits Cleveland and Philadelphia to play night games. Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president.…
In a major trade, the Blue Jays send first baseman Fred McGriff and veteran shortstop Tony Fernandez to San Diego Padres for second baseman Roberto Alomar and slugging outfielder Joe Carter. The Jays would win back-to-back World Series in ‘92 & ‘93.