BASEBALL COMMISSIONERS OFFICE -- Announced the realignment of the National League, effective next season, shifting the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds to the Eastern Division and the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals to the Western Division.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS -- Activated David Howard, shortstop, from the disabled list and optioned him to Omaha of the American Association.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS -- Recalled Scott Brosius, infielder, from Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. Sent Dann Howitt, outfielder, to Tacoma.
NEW YORK YANKEES -- Announced the resignation of Barry Halper, vice president of baseball operations.
SEATTLE MARINERS -- Placed Greg Briley, infielder, on the 15-day disabled list. Designated Mike Walker, pitcher, for assignment. Purchased the contracts of Shane Turner, infielder, and Brian Fisher, pitcher, from Calgary.
TEXAS RANGERS -- Recalled Terry Mathews, pitcher, from Oklahoma City of the American Association. Placed Danny Leon, pitcher, on the 15-day disabled list.
National League CHICAGO CUBS -- Announced that the Tribune Company, owners of the Cubs, have signed a letter of intent to purchase the Orlando SunRays of the Southern League.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS -- Recalled Kip Gross, pitcher, from Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. Optioned Henry Rodriguez, outfielder, to Albuquerque.
Continental Basketball Association GRAND RAPIDS HOOPS -- Acquired the rights to Matt Steigenga, forward, from the Rockford Lightning for a player to be named later and cash.
National Football League NEW YORK JETS -- Announced the retirement of Pat Leahy, placekicker.
Canadian Football League BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS -- Signed Wayne Lammie, placekicker.
* OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS -- Signed Dave Benefield, linebacker; Jacques Moreau, offensive tackle; Mike Philbrick, offensive tackle; Paul Skansi, slotback; and Brett Young, defensive back, to the practice roster.
Arena Football League
* CHARLOTTE RAGE -- Waived Damon Hartman, placekicker.
TAMPA BAY STORM -- Signed Arden Czyzewski, placekicker.
National Hockey League WASHINGTON CAPITALS -- Agreed to terms with Al Iafrate, defenseman.