1995 December

1st Dodger Hall of Famer Duke Snider is sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $5,000 for failing to pay taxes on money earned signing autographs at card shows.

2nd Michael Stirn, the fan who caught the ball Cal Ripken hit for a HR on the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak, sells it to a Maryland businessman for $41,736.

5th The Angels sign free agent 3B Tim Wallach.

The Twins bring back free agent DH Paul Molitor.

7th The Yankees obtain 1B Tino Martinez, P Jeff Nelson, and minor league P Jim Mecir from the Mariners in exchange for P Sterling Hitchcock and 3B Russ Davis. In a memorable day, Martinez signs a 5-year, $20.25 million contract, and his wife gives birth to their 3rd child.

The Red Sox sign free agent OF-DH Jose Canseco to a 2-year contract.

8th The Giants sign free agent OF Stan Javier to a 2-year contract.

11th The White Sox sign free agent DH Harold Baines.

The Yankees sign free agent IF Mariano Duncan to a 2-year contract.

12th The White Sox sign free agent OF Darren Lewis to a 2-year contract.

14th The Indians sign free agent P Jack McDowell to a 2-year contract.

The Mets sign free agent OF Lance Johnson to a 2-year contract.

The Orioles sign free agent P Randy Myers to a 2-year contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent C Mike Stanley.

The Marlins sign free agent P Al Leiter to a 3-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Darryl Hamilton.

The Cardinals trade pitchers Allan Watson, Rich DeLucia and Doug Creek to the Giants in exchange for SS Royce Clayton.

15th The Blue Jays sign free agent C Charlie O’Brien to a 2-year contract.

17th The Orioles acquire P Kent Mercker from the Braves in exchange for pitchers Joe Borowski and Rachaad Stewart.

The Royals obtain SS Jose Offerman from the Dodgers in exchange for P Billy Brewer.

18th The Padres sign free agent P Bob Tewksbury.

20th The Orioles sign free agent IF-OF B.J. Surhoff to a 3-year contract.

The Astros trade P Dave Veres and minor league C Raul Chavez to the Expos in exchange for 3B Sean Berry.

21st The Royals send Wally Joyner and minor league P Aaron Dorlarque to the Padres in exchange for IF Bip Roberts and minor league P Bryan Wolff

The Red Sox sign free agent P Tom Gordon to a 2-year contract.

The Orioles sign free agent second baseman Roberto Alomar to a 3-year contract.

22nd Anheuser-Busch agrees to sell the Cardinals for $150 million to an investment group that agrees to keep the team in St. Louis.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Jamie Moyer.

The Marlins sign free agent P Kevin Brown to a 3-year contract.

The Phillies sign free agent 3B Todd Zeile.

23rd The Cardinals sign free agent P Andy Benes to a 2-year contract, and free agent OF Ron Gant to a 5-year contract.

26th The Orioles acquire P David Wells from the Reds in exchange for outfielders Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez.

The Cubs sign free agent Dave Magadan.

28th Former major league P John D’Acquisto is arrested on charges of trying to pass off a forged $200 million certificate of deposit as collateral on a deal at Prudential Securities Inc.

The White Sox trade veteran Tim Raines to the Yankees in exchange for future considerations. Rock hit .285 for the Sox in 1995. The Sox will receive Blaise Kozeniewski in February.

29th The Padres sign free agent OF Rickey Henderson to a 2-year contract.

30th The Yankees sign free agent lefty Kenny Rogers to a 4-year contract after debating whether to go after Chuck Finley. Rogers will go 44-25 for the Yankees.