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December 13, 1996

Baseball

Astros: Agreed to terms with OF Derek Bell on three-year, $13 million contract with option for 2000.

Braves: Agreed to terms with OF Danny Bautista.

Expos: Claimed P Marc Valdes off waivers from Marlins.

Mariners: Agreed to minor-league contracts with P Josias Manzanillo, 2B Todd Haney, 3B Paul Torres and OF Jalal Leach.

Marlins: Designated 1B Greg Colbrunn for assignment.

Orioles: Triple-A Rochester re-signed DH Drew Denson and signed 2B Francisco Matos.

Rangers: Free-agent 2B Mark McLemore, a former Oriole, returned to Texas for $6.5 million over three years.

White Sox: Designated IF Domingo Cedeno and P Brian Keyser for assignment.

Basketball

Grizzlies: Placed G Greg Anthony (stress fracture in ankle) on injured list. Signed G Martyn Norris.

Nuggets: Signed G Melvin Booker. Waived G Jeff McInnis.

Rockets: Activated C Charles Jones from injured list. Placed Sam Mack (sprained left foot) on injured list.

SuperSonics: Activated G Nate McMillan. Placed F-C Antonio Harvey (strain to lumbar spine muscles) on injured list.

Mash Verona (Italy): Agreed to terms with G Spud Webb.

College

Arkansas State: Named Joe Hollis football coach.

Evansville: Sophomore Justin Farley Lesmond quit men's basketball team.

New Mexico State: Named Nebraska assistant Tony Samuel football coach.

Salisbury State: Named Margie Knight softball and volleyball coach.

Tarleton State: Named Craig Wederquist football coach.

Football

Patriots: Signed WR Ray Lucas from the practice squad.

Hockey

Blues: G Grant Fuhr signed extension worth about $2 million a year.

Devils: Recalled D Kevin Dean from loan to AHL Albany.

Islanders: Sent RW Todd Bertuzzi to IHL Utah.

Lightning: Assigned F Marian Kacir and D Mathieu Raby to ECHL Wheeling.

Pub Date: 12/13/96

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