|12/18/02||RHP Cal Eldred and LHP Lance Painter agree to minor league contracts that include an invitation to Spring Training.|
|12/17/02||C/OF Eli Marrero signs two-year contract extension.|
|RHP Garrett Stephenson signs one-year contract.|
|Free agent C Joe Girardi agrees to terms on a one-year deal.|
|Traded RHP Luther Hackman and minor league RHP Mike Wodnicki to the San Diego Padres for RHP Brett Tomko.|
|12/15/02||Signed free agent RHP Chris Carpenter to a one-year contract.|
|12/5/02||RHP Andy Benes announces he is retiring.|
|12/3/02||Agreed to terms with catcher Steve Torrealba on a major league contract|
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