1997 December

1st  The Diamondbacks obtain 3B Matt Williams from the Indians in exchange for 3B Travis Fryman, P Tom Martin, and $3 million.

3rd  The Devil Rays sign free agent P Wilson Alvarez to a 5-year contract. They also sign free agent OF Dave Martinez to a 2-year contract.

4th  The Rockies sign free agent P Darryl Kile to a 3-year contract.

8th  The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Willie Blair to a 3-year contract.

The Indians sign free agent OF Kenny Lofton to a 3-year contract, and free agent P Dwight Gooden to a 2-year pact. They also trade OF Marquis Grissom and P Jeff Juden to the Brewers in exchange for pitchers Ben McDonald, Ron Villone, and Mike Fetters. Fetters is then sent to the Athletics in exchange for P Steve Karsay.

The Dodgers sign free agent SS Jose Vizcaino to a 3-year contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent 1B Paul Sorrento to a 2-year contract. Tomorrow, they will agree to terms with free agent 3B Wade Boggs.

Rangers sign free agent SS Kevin Elster.

The Blue Jays sign free agent C Mike Stanley to a 2-year contract, and free agent IF Tony Fernandez to a 1-year pact. Stanley declined the offer from the Yankees, his last employer.

9th  The Red Sox sign free agent P Dennis Eckersley. Eck pitched for Boston from 1978-84.

The Cubs sign free agent SS Jeff Blauser to a 2-year contract.

The Tigers sign free agent OF Luis Gonzalez to a 2-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent IF Jack Howell to a 2-year contract.

The Athletics sign free agent P Tom Candiotti.

The Giants sign free agent P Orel Hershiser.

10th  The White Sox sign free agent catchers Charlie O’Brien and Chad Kreuter.

The Yankees sign free agent DH Chili Davis to a 2-year contract.

11th  The Braves trade P Chad Fox to the Brewers in exchange for OF Gerald Williams.

The Orioles sign free agent P Doug Drabek and tomorrow sign free agent OF Joe Carter.

The Twins sign free agent OF Otis Nixon.

12th  The Tigers sign free agent IF Bip Roberts.

The Mariners sign free agent 1B David Segui to a 2-year contract.

The Cubs obtain OF Henry Rodriguez from the Expos in exchange for P Miguel Batista. Rodriguez will become an instant fan favorite in Wrigley and the Bleacher Bums will shower him with “Oh, Henry” candy bars after his homeruns. In 1998, he and Sammy Sosa will combine for 97 homeruns, the most by a Cubs duo in history.

The Twins acquire OF Alex Ochoa from the Mets for OF Rich Becker. Tomorrow, the Twins sign much-traveled free agent P Mike Morgan.

15th  The Orioles sign free agent P Norm Charlton.

The Marlins trade ace Kevin Brown to the Padres for 1B Derrek Lee and pitchers Rafael Medina and Steve Hoff.  In the next two days the Fish send P Dennis Cook to the Mets for OF Fletcher Bates and P Scott Comer, and trade IF Kurt Abbott to the Athletics in exchange for P Eric Ludwick.

22nd  The Royals sign free agent 1B Hal Morris.

The Mets trade OF Carl Everett to the Astros for P John Hudek.

23rd  The Red Sox sign free agent OF Darren Lewis.

The Cubs trade OF Doug Glanville to the Phillies for second baseman Mickey Morandini.