2nd The Rockies sign free agent OF Darren Bragg to a contract.
The Milwaukee Brewers sign pitcher Juan Acevedo to a two-year contract.
3rdThe St. Louis Cardinals take out insurance signing veterans Shawon Dunston, OF Brian McRae, 1B Eduardo Perez, and C Rick Wilkins.
4th The Mets sign free agent vet Dennis Springer to a contract.
10th “Baseball is back in Cincinnati,”announces Reds GM Jim Bowden. The Mariners accommodate OF Ken Griffey Jr. by trading him to his hometown Reds in exchange for P Brett Tomko, OF Mike Cameron, IF Antonio Perez, and P Jake Meyer. The Reds resist giving up INF Pokey Reese. Griffey declined a trade that would send him to the Mets for pitchers Armando Benitez and Octavio Dotel and outfielder Roger Cedeno. Griffey signs a 9-year $116.5 contract with the Reds, but injuries will keep his production down.
15th The Boston Red Sox sign outfielder Carl Everett to a three-year contract.
18th The Athletics obtain OF Jeremy Giambi from the Royals for P Brett Laxton. Giambi joins his brother, Jason, in Oakland, becoming the sixth brother combo to play for the team.
22nd A Florida Department of Corrections report says Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry tested positive for cocaine on January 19.
23rd The Padres obtain OF Al Martin from the Pirates for OF John Vander Wal, and pitchers Jim Sak and Geraldo Padua. The Bucs also shell out signing pitcher Matt Clement to a four-year agreement.
24th The National Labor Relations Board certifies the results of the November election that kicked out the Major League Umpires Association and replaced it with the newly formed World Umpires Association. About 50 of the 71 major league umpires have joined the new union. The decision ends Richie Phillips’ 2one-year reign as union chief.
25th Hall of Fame OF Frank Robinson is hired by major league baseball to handle on-field disciplinary matters. Previously, the individual league offices handled such matters.
28th Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announces the Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is suspended for one year for having tested positive for cocaine last month. It is Strawberry’s 3rd cocaine-related suspension.
AL umpire John Hirschbeck is elected as the first president of the World Umpires Association, which was certified last week by the NLRB.
29th ManagerSparky Anderson, 19th century star Bid McPhee, and Negro League player Norman “Turkey” Stearnes are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.