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2003 New York Yankees

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 2002 / 2004

101-61, Finished 1st in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Joe Torre (101-61)
GM: Brian Cashman, Scouting Dir: Linwood Garrett
Scored 877 runs, Allowed 716 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 96-66

Ballparks: Yankee Stadium II · Attendance: 3,465,600 (1st of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 98, Pitching - 97 · one-year: Batting - 98, Pitching - 97


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2002 / 2004 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 10, 2002

Released Alberto Castillo.

October 11, 2002

Mike Thurman granted Free Agency.

October 15, 2002

Matt Beech granted Free Agency.

Craig Dingman granted Free Agency.

Nate Field granted Free Agency.

Jalal Leach granted Free Agency.

Billy McMillon granted Free Agency.

Robert Perez granted Free Agency.

Bob Scanlan granted Free Agency.

Scott Seabol granted Free Agency.

October 28, 2002

Alex Arias granted Free Agency.

Ramiro Mendoza granted Free Agency.

John Vander Wal granted Free Agency.

October 29, 2002

Ron Coomer granted Free Agency.

Robin Ventura granted Free Agency.

October 30, 2002

Mike Stanton granted Free Agency.

October 31, 2002

Roger Clemens granted Free Agency.

November 8, 2002

Chris Widger granted Free Agency.

November 14, 2002

Signed Corey Lee as a free agent.

November 21, 2002

Signed Matt Beech as a free agent.

November 22, 2002

Signed Winston Abreu as a free agent.

December 4, 2002

Signed Chris Latham as a free agent.

December 6, 2002

Signed Robin Ventura as a free agent.

December 7, 2002

Signed Chris Widger as a free agent.

December 13, 2002

Signed Chris Hammond as a free agent.

December 16, 2002

Mike Cervenak drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2002 rule 5 draft.

December 19, 2002

Signed Hideki Matsui as a free agent.

Signed Todd Zeile as a free agent.

December 21, 2002

Christian Parker granted Free Agency.

Shane Spencer granted Free Agency.

December 30, 2002

Signed Roger Clemens as a free agent.

Signed Ryan McGuire as a free agent.

Signed Christian Parker as a free agent.

January 3, 2003

Released Brandon Knight.

January 15, 2003

Traded Orlando Hernandez to the Chicago White Sox. Received Eddi Candelario (minors) and Antonio Osuna.

January 16, 2003

Signed John Flaherty as a free agent.

January 21, 2003

Signed Fernando Seguignol as a free agent.

January 27, 2003

Signed Juan Acevedo as a free agent.

February 4, 2003

Signed Jon Lieber as a free agent.

February 5, 2003

Released Randy Keisler.

February 6, 2003

Signed Jose Contreras as an amateur free agent.

March 1, 2003

Signed Francisco Cervelli as an amateur free agent.

March 5, 2003

Signed Ramon Ramirez as a free agent.

March 19, 2003

Traded Rondell White to the San Diego Padres. Received Mark Phillips (minors), Bubba Trammell and cash.

March 21, 2003

Released Winston Abreu.

March 22, 2003

Signed Willie Banks as a free agent.

Signed Mike Thurman as a free agent.

March 24, 2003

Signed Greg Hansell as a free agent.

Signed Alberto Reyes as a free agent.

March 26, 2003

Purchased Marcus Jensen from the Philadelphia Phillies.

March 30, 2003

Signed Bob Smith as a free agent.

April 7, 2003 (Standings)

Signed Charles Gipson as a free agent.

Released Chris Widger.

April 21, 2003 (Standings)

Signed Craig Wilson as a free agent.

April 24, 2003 (Standings)

Released Chris Latham.

May 7, 2003 (Standings)

Signed Rolando Arrojo as a free agent.

May 15, 2003 (Standings)

Signed Matt DeSalvo as an amateur free agent.

May 22, 2003 (Standings)

Signed Jose Nieves as a free agent.

May 23, 2003 (Standings)

Purchased Curtis Pride from Nashua (Atlantic).

June 3, 2003 (Standings)

Drafted Tyler Clippard in the 9th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 2003.

Drafted T.J. Beam in the 10th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Player signed June 18, 2003.

Drafted David Purcey in the 17th round of the 2003 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jeff Karstens in the 19th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 2003.

Drafted Justin Berg in the 43rd round of the 2003 amateur draft. Player signed May 21, 2004.

Drafted Daniel McCutchen in the 47th round of the 2003 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 6, 2003 (Standings)

Traded Marcus Thames to the Texas Rangers. Received Ruben Sierra.

June 10, 2003 (Standings)

Released Juan Acevedo.

June 25, 2003 (Standings)

Purchased Karim Garcia from the Cleveland Indians.

Received Dan Miceli from the Cleveland Indians as part of a conditional deal.

June 28, 2003 (Standings)

Released Willie Banks.

July 2, 2003 (Standings)

Signed Melky Mesa as an amateur free agent.

July 16, 2003 (Standings)

Released Matt Beech.

Traded Ryan Bicondoa (minors), Jason Anderson and Anderson Garcia to the New York Mets. Received Armando Benitez.

July 21, 2003 (Standings)

Released Ryan McGuire.

July 22, 2003 (Standings)

Received Jesse Orosco from the San Diego Padres as part of a conditional deal.

July 24, 2003 (Standings)

Released Manny Acosta.

July 25, 2003 (Standings)

Released Alberto Reyes.

July 29, 2003 (Standings)

Sent Dan Miceli to the Houston Astros as part of a conditional deal.

Traded Raul Mondesi and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Jon-Mark Sprowl (minors), David Dellucci and Bret Prinz.

July 31, 2003 (Standings)

Received Gabe White from the Cincinnati Reds as part of a conditional deal.

Traded Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Aaron Boone.

Traded Robin Ventura to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor.

August 6, 2003 (Standings)

Traded Armando Benitez to the Seattle Mariners. Received Jeff Nelson.

August 18, 2003 (Standings)

Released Todd Zeile.

August 22, 2003 (Standings)

Traded Sterling Hitchcock to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Ben Julianel (minors) and Justin Pope (minors).

August 25, 2003 (Standings)

Selected Felix Heredia off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

August 31, 2003 (Standings)

Traded Jesse Orosco to the Minnesota Twins. Received a player to be named later. The Minnesota Twins sent Juan Padilla (September 2, 2003) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

September 29, 2003 (Standings)

Charles Gipson granted Free Agency.

October 7, 2003 (Standings)

Mike Thurman granted Free Agency.

Released Bubba Trammell.

October 14, 2003 (Standings)

Curtis Pride granted Free Agency.

October 15, 2003 (Standings)

Greg Hansell granted Free Agency.

Adrian Hernandez granted Free Agency.

Marcus Jensen granted Free Agency.

Jose Nieves granted Free Agency.

Christian Parker granted Free Agency.

John Rodriguez granted Free Agency.

Bob Smith granted Free Agency.

Craig Wilson granted Free Agency.

October 26, 2003

John Flaherty granted Free Agency.

October 27, 2003

Jeff Nelson granted Free Agency.

Ruben Sierra granted Free Agency.

Released Luis Sojo.

November 2, 2003

Antonio Osuna granted Free Agency.

David Wells granted Free Agency.

Gabe White granted Free Agency.

November 6, 2003

Roger Clemens granted Free Agency.

Andy Pettitte granted Free Agency.

November 7, 2003

Felix Heredia granted Free Agency.

December 4, 2003

Signed Felix Heredia as a free agent.

December 7, 2003

Signed Ruben Sierra as a free agent.

Signed Gabe White as a free agent.

December 13, 2003

Traded Brandon Weeden (minors), Yhency Brazoban, Jeff Weaver and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Kevin Brown.

December 15, 2003

Colter Bean drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 rule 5 draft.

Signed John Flaherty as a free agent.

December 16, 2003

Signed Tom Gordon as a free agent.

Traded Randy Choate, Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera to the Montreal Expos. Received Javier Vazquez.

December 17, 2003

Signed Paul Quantrill as a free agent.

December 18, 2003

Traded Chris Hammond and cash to the Oakland Athletics. Received Eduardo Sierra (minors) and J.T. Stotts (minors).

December 19, 2003

Signed Miguel Cairo as a free agent.

Signed Gary Sheffield as a free agent.

December 20, 2003

Signed Homer Bush as a free agent.

December 21, 2003

David Dellucci granted Free Agency.

Karim Garcia granted Free Agency.

December 23, 2003

Signed Buddy Carlyle as a free agent.

2004

Sold Fernando Seguignol to Nippon Ham Fighters (Japan Pacific).

January 6, 2004

Signed Kenny Lofton as a free agent.

January 8, 2004

Michel Hernandez selected by the Boston Red Sox off waivers.

January 12, 2004

Signed Tony Clark as a free agent.

January 14, 2004

Signed Sal Fasano as a free agent.

Signed Jim Mann as a free agent.

January 28, 2004

Signed Darren Bragg as a free agent.

Signed Tyler Houston as a free agent.

February 1, 2004

Signed Steve Torrealba as a free agent.

February 3, 2004

Signed Mike Kelly as a free agent.

February 4, 2004

Signed Joe Girardi as a free agent.

February 5, 2004

Traded Jose Garcia (minors) to the Texas Rangers. Received Mike Lamb.

February 7, 2004

Signed Donovan Osborne as a free agent.

February 10, 2004

Signed Juan Alvarez as a free agent.

February 16, 2004

Traded a player to be named later and Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers. Received Alex Rodriguez and cash. The New York Yankees sent Joaquin Arias (April 23, 2004) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

February 25, 2004

Signed Eduardo Nunez as an amateur free agent.

Signed Nerio Rodriguez as a free agent.

March 1, 2004

Released Aaron Boone.

March 2, 2004

Signed Travis Lee as a free agent.

March 4, 2004

Signed Hansel Izquierdo as a free agent.

Signed John Rodriguez as a free agent.

March 9, 2004

Signed Mike Thurman as a free agent.

March 12, 2004

Signed Orlando Hernandez as a free agent.

March 18, 2004

The Boston Red Sox returned Colter Bean (earlier draft pick).

March 25, 2004

Traded Mike Lamb to the Houston Astros. Received Juan De Leon (minors).

March 26, 2004

Released Erick Almonte.

March 30, 2004

Signed Felix Escalona as a free agent.

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2002 / 2004 Trades and Transactions