1996 January

3rd  The Mariners sign free agent 1B Paul Sorrento.

5th The Padres sign free agent Craig Shipley. It is the second time around in San Diego for the Aussie.

8th For only the 7th time in history, the Baseball Writers Association of America fails to select a player for induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

9th The Braves trade OF Mike Kelly to the Reds in exchange for minor league P Chad Fox.

The Cardinals sign free agent IF Mike Gallego.

The Athletics trade P Todd Stottlemyre to the Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Bret Wagner, Jay Witasick and Carl Dale, and OF Allen Battle.

10th The Red Sox trade P Rheal Cormier, 1B Ryan McGuire and minor league P Shayne Bennett to the Expos in exchange for SS Wil Cordero and P Bryan Eversgerd.

13th The Marlins sign Cuban P Livan Hernandez to a 4-year $4.5 million contract, which includes a record $2.5 million bonus.

16th At a meeting in LA, interleague play is approved for the 1997 season by major league baseball’s executive council.

The Giants sign Cuban P Osvaldo Fernandez.

20th The White Sox sign free agent OF Tony Phillips to a 2-year contract and tomorrow pick up OF Danny Tartabull from the Athletics. The A’s get P Andrew Lorraine and OF Charlie Poe in exchange.

The Brewers sign free agent P Ben McDonald to a 2-year contract.

22nd The Mets trade pitchers Eric Ludwick and Erik Hiljus, and OF Yudith Ozorio, to the Cardinals in exchange for OF Bernard Gilkey.

29th The Red Sox trade outfielders Lee Tinsley and Glenn Murray and P Ken Ryan to the Phillies in exchange for P Heathcliff Slocumb, OF Rick Hollifield and P Larry Wimberly.

30th The Phillies sign free agent C Benito Santiago.

31st Ken Griffey Jr. becomes baseball’s highest-paid player by signing a 4-year, $34 million contract.