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Elephant Rumblings: Mulder Out As Oakland Broadcaster, Opening Day Payroll Likely Below $70 Million

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  • 1957 - Commissioner Ford Frick rules that singer Bing Crosby can keep his token stock in the Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 1991 - In one of the most unbalanced trades ever made in major league history, the Baltimore Orioles send pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch and outfielder Steve Finley to the Houston Astros for first baseman Glenn Davis. Davis, who averaged 27 home runs in six seasons playing in the Astrodome with Houston, will hit only 24 homers in three injury-filled years as Schilling becomes one of the most dominant pitchers in the game and Harnisch and Finley develop into solid major league players.
  • 2015 - Two of the teams that have been the busiest this offseason, the Rays and the Athletics, complete another trade. Super utility player Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar head to Oakland, in return for C John Jaso, whose career began in Tampa, and prospects Boog Powell and Daniel Robertson.

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