1987 December

1st  Free-agent OF Brett Butler signs a 2-year contract with the Giants. He hit .295 with 33 SBs for Cleveland in 1987.

5th  The Tigers swap pitcher Dan Petry to the Angels for center fielder Gary Pettis.

7th  Free-agent OF Bob Dernier, who hit a career-high .317 with 31 stolen bases for the Cubs last season, signs a one-year contract with his original ML club, the Phillies.

8th  Cincinnati trades OF Dave Parker to the A’s for pitchers Jose Rijo and Tim Birtsas, the Braves trade SS Rafael Ramirez to the Astros for a pair of minor leaguers, and in the day’s biggest (and most lopsided) deal, the Cubs send dominating reliever Lee Smith to the Red Sox for pitchers Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi. Chicago fears that the team’s all-time save leader might break down but he will pitch for another ten seasons.

9th  The Phillies trade Glenn Wilson along with Dave Brundage and Michael Jackson to the Mariners for Phil Bradley and Tim Fortugno.

10th  The White Sox trade ace lefthander Floyd Bannister (16-11 last season) and Dave Cochrane to the Royals for John Davis, Melido Perez, Greg Hibbard, and Chuck Mount.

11th  In a 3-team trade, the Dodgers acquire relief pitcher Jesse Orosco from the Mets and relief pitcher Jay Howell and SS Alfredo Griffin from the A’s, and send pitchers Bob Welch and Matt Young to Oakland and minor leaguer Jack Savage to New York. The Mets receive two A’s minor leaguers to complete the deal, pitchers Kevin Tapani and Wally Whitehurst.

      In the first trade ever between the Yankees and Mets that involves a ML player, the Mets send SS Rafael Santana and a minor leaguer to the Bronx for C Phil Lombardi and minor leaguers Darren Reed, and Steve Frey.

21stThe A’s sign free agent Dave Henderson, who played this past season with the San Francisco Giants.

22nd  The Yankees send P Steve Trout and OF Henry Cotto to Seattle for pitchers Lee Guetterman and Clay Parker and minor leaguer Wade Taylor.