1989 December

1st  Free-agent pitcher Mark Langston signs a 5-year contract with the Angels.

3rd  Thirty-eight-year-old DH Dave Parker, who had 22 HRs and 97 RBI for the World Champion A’s, signs with the Brewers as a free agent. As compensation, Oakland receives Milwaukee’s first round draft pick, using it to take Todd Van Poppel, as well as a compensation pick, selecting another pitcher Kirk Dressendorffer.

6th  The Mets trade reliever Randy Myers to the Reds for fellow closer John Franco; Joe Carter and Fred Lynn are sent by Cleveland to San Diego for Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga. and Chris James; and free-agent relief specialist Jeff Reardon signs with the Red Sox. Alomar, the son of major-league catcher Sandy, was the 1989 minor league player of the year, but was considered expendable because the Padres have prospect Benito Santiago, one year older, in their system.

7th  Storm Davis, 19-7 for the A’s last season, signs as a free agent with the Royals. Other free-agent signees include Craig Lefferts (San Diego), Pete O’Brien (Seattle), Oil Can Boyd (Montreal), and Keith Hernandez (Cleveland).

11th  The Royals sign free agent Mark Davis to a 4-year contract. Davis and Bret Saberhagen will make the 1990 Royals the first team ever to have both defending Cy Young Award winners.

12th  The Yankees trade minor leaguers Hal Morris and Rodney Imes to the Reds for P Tim Leary and OF Van Snider.

20th  Six months after obtaining him from the Phillies, the Mets trade 2B-OF Juan Samuel to the Dodgers for 1B Mike Marshall and P Alejandro Pena.

21st  The Dodgers sign free agent Hubie Brooks.

25th  Billy Martin, former infielder and 5-time manager of the Yankees, dies in a car accident in Johnson City, New York at the age of 61. Martin will be buried in Gate of Heaven cemetery in Valhalla, New York in a plot near Babe Ruth’s.  George Steinbrenner, who fired Martin 4 times (he resigned the 5th time) purchases the plot.