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Wrapping Up 2001
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DECEMBER 2001


Jason Giambi smiles as he looks out over Yankee Stadium from the New York Yankees dugout after signing as the team's new first baseman, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
December 1 -- Derek Jeter joined the ranks of Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Joe Montana, hosting NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in front of a live national audience. Ex-teammates David Wells and David Cone joined Jeter for the occasion.

December 9 -- Winter Meetings begin in Boston, and a flurry of activity by New York teams headline the festivities.

December 4 -- Eddie Popowski, who spent his entire 65-year career in the Red Sox organization, died Tuesday morning at his New Jersey home. He was 88. He started his baseball career in 1937 and served the Red Sox as a player, scout, minor league manager, Major League coach, player-manager, and most recently special assignment instructor.

December 7 -- In the first Yankees/Mets trade since 1993, the Mets sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees for Dave Justice.

December 10 -- Closer Jason Isringhausen signs a four-year deal with the Cardinals, becoming the first free agent to leave Oakland in the 2001 offseason.

December 11 -- The Indians and Mets make the first big splash at the Winter Meetings, as Roberto Alomar heads to New York in an eight-player swap.

December 13 -- Boston traded Carl Everett to the Texas Rangers for left-handed starter Darren Oliver, bringing the controversial outfielder's two-year Red Sox career to a close.

December 13 -- Slugger Jason Giambi and the Yankees make it official, and the first baseman signs a seven-year contract worth $120 million.

December 13 -- The Mets continued their dramatic retooling, and bring back Roger Cedeno for four years.

December 15 -- Mariners acquire Jeff Cirillo for pitchers Denny Stark, Jose Paniagua and Brian Fuentes.

December 18 -- Tino Martinez signs with St. Louis after spending six seasons as the Yankees starting first baseman.

December 19 -- Barry Bonds accepts arbitration from the San Francisco Giants, locking him in for the 2002 season.

December 19 -- The Chicago Cubs signed Moises Alou for three years, loading their lineup Wednesday with another 100-RBI man. Sammy Sosa helped with the recruiting efforts.

December 20 -- The Boston Red Sox are sold to a group led by John Henry for about $700 million, including assumed debt.

December 21 -- The Red Sox agree to terms with Johnny Damon, securing their leadoff man and new starting center fielder.

 


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