1988 December

3rd  Two free-agent pitchers sign 3-year contracts, Jesse Orosco with Cleveland and Dave LaPoint with the Yankees.

4th  The Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers for pitchers Ken Howell and Brian Holton and infield prospect Juan Bell.

5th  Not the best trade the Cubs have ever made. The Cubs and Rangers complete a 9-player swap, with Chicago giving up OF Rafael Palmeiro, P Jamie Moyer, and P Drew Hall in exchange for IF Curtis Wilkerson and pitchers Mitch Williams, Paul Kilgus, and Steve Wilson, and a pair of minor leaguers to be named.

6th  The Rangers complete their 2nd major trade in as many days, sending 1B Pete O’Brien, OF Oddibe McDowell, and 2B Jerry Browne to Cleveland for 2B Julio Franco. The Expos and Phillies also complete a trade, P Kevin Gross to Montreal for pitchers Jeff Parrett and Floyd Youmans.

      The A’s sign free agent pitcher Mike Moore from the Mariners. Seattle receives the A’s first round pick as compensation, and will use it to select P Scott Burrell.

7th  The Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract.

8th  Pitcher Bruce Hurst, considered the cream of this year’s free-agent crop, signs a 3-year contract with the Padres. The Yankees sign free-agent pitcher Andy Hawkins, and the Expos trade P John Dopson and SS Luis Rivera to Boston for SS Spike Owen, and OF Tracy Jones to San Francisco for OF-1B Mike Aldrete.

10th  Free-agent Willie Randolph signs with the Dodgers. He will replace Steve Sax in the lineup, who earlier this month signed with Randolph’s former club, the Yankees.

13th  The Red Sox trade 1B-OF Todd Benzinger, P Jeff Sellers, and a player to be named later to the Reds for 1B Nick Esasky and P Rob Murphy.