Chicago Cubs -- Named Donald C. Grenesko VP and chief financial officer of the Tribune Co. Fired manager Jim Essian, bullpen coach Phil Roof and bench coach Joe Altobelli (former Baltimore Orioles manager).
Cincinnati Reds -- Assigned P Keith Brown and former Orioles OF Stan Jefferson to Class AAA Nashville.
Oakland Athletics -- Announced P Todd Burns is a free agent after refusing assignment to Class AAA Tacoma. Released IF Vance Law. Sent C Troy Afenir and former Orioles OF Brad Komminsk to Tacoma. Reinstated IF Carney Lansford and IF Walt Weiss from the DL.
San Diego Padres -- Exercised their 1992 contract options for SS Tony Fernandez (.272, 4 HRs, 38 RBI, 20 errors) and P Ed Whitson (4-6, 5.03 ERA).
Atlanta Falcons -- Activated CB Elbert Shelley off IR. Placed TE Gary Wilkins on IR.
New Orleans Saints -- Placed FB Bobby Morse on IR. Activated RB Fred McAfee from the practice roster.
Pittsburgh Steelers -- Placed DB Larry Griffin and LG Terry Long on IR. Activated S Gary Jones and G-C Dean Caliguire, from the IR. First-round draft choice Huey Richardson rejoined the practice squad.
Detroit Red Wings -- Acquired G Vincent Riendeau (29-9-6, 3.01 goals-against average last season) from the St. Louis Blues for D Rick Zombo (4 goals, 19 assists).
Hartford Whalers -- Sent LW Paul Fenton (89 goals, 79 assists in 7 seasons; no scoring this year) to the San Jose Sharks for LW Mike McHugh (1 goal, 8 assists this season).
San Jose Sharks -- Recalled LW John Carter from Kansas City (IHL).
Chicago Power -- Signed G Russ Prince and D Ko Thanadabouth to 1-year contracts.
San Diego Sockers -- Signed MF Jacques Ladouceur.
Harrisburg Heat (NPSL) -- Agreed to terms with F Danny Kelly, F Mark Pulisic, MF Mike Peckich, former Baltimore Blast D Angelo Panzetta and G Joe Mallia.