December 17, 1993
After being traded back to Oakland by the Yankees in July, Rickey Henderson decides to stay with the A’s, signing a two-year $8.6 million contract. In 1998, the speedy outfielder was traded to New York along with Bert Bradley for Tim Birtsas, Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Eric Plunk, and Jose Rijo.
December 16, 1996
Unable to come to terms with the Yankees, World Series MVP John Wetteland signs a four-year free-agent deal worth $23 million to close games for Texas. The 29-year-old right-handed reliever, who saved all four victories in the Series against Atlanta, became expendable in New York with the emergence of Mariano Rivera, the team’s nearly-perfect setup man.