5th The Mets trade OF Vince Coleman to the Royals in exchange for OF Kevin McReynolds. For McReynolds, it is his second stint in NY.
6th The Rangers sign free agent pitcher Jay Howell and tomorrow they ink Jack Armstrong.
The Reds sign free agent P Jeff Brantley.
The Rockies sign free agent SS Walt Weiss.
8th The Colorado Silver Bullets, professional baseball’s first women’s team, holds its first public tryouts in Orlando, Florida. An invitation-only tryout was held in Orlando on December 18.
10th Former NL President Chub Feeney dies of a heart attack at age 72.
The Padres sign free agent IF/OF Bip Roberts.
12th Steve Carlton is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving almost 96% of the vote. Orlando Cepeda falls 7 votes short of the 75% required for election.
13th The Angels sign free agent P Craig Lefferts while the Twins sign free agent P Jim Deshaies.
14th The Orioles sign free agent 3B Chris Sabo.
The Mariners sign free agent P Greg Hibbard.
The Braves sign free agent IF Bill Pecota to a 2-year contract.
18th Major league owners approve a new revenue-sharing plan keyed to a salary cap, which requires the players’ approval.
19th Major league owners amend the major league agreement, giving complete power to the commissioner on labor negotiations. Bud Selig will continue to act as interim commissioner.
26th The Astros sign free agent 1B Sid Bream.
29th The Orioles sign free agent P Lee Smith.
30th The Royals sign free agent OF Dave Henderson.
31st The Angels sign free agent OF Bo Jackson.