On November 13, 1980 — In the re-entry draft, Dave Winfield is selected by ten of the 26 teams, including the Mets, Yankees, and Braves, the front-running clubs hoping to land the San Diego superstar. The 29 year-old slugging outfielder, who will ink a record ten-year free-agent deal with the Bronx Bombers worth $16 million, is limited to signing a contract with one of the teams that had chosen him, a provision which usually weakens a free agent’s bargaining position.

 


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Sources:
Baseball Reference November 13
National Pastime November 13
Retro Sheet
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