Baseball Angels: Agreed to four-year contract with C...


March 17, 2001


Angels: Agreed to four-year contract with C Bengie Molina.

Cubs: Sent IF Hee Seop Choi and OF Scarborough Green to minor-league camp.

Dodgers: Announced agreement with Osaka Kintestu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Marlins: Optioned P Gary Knotts and P Hector Almonte to Triple-A Calgary; P Caudio Vargas, P Geoff Goetz and OF Abraham Nunez to Double-A Portland; and P Wes Anderson and P Josh Burkett to Single-A Brevard County. Assigned P Mark Bownson, P Brian Edmondson, former Orioles P Gabe Molina, P Johnny Ruffin, P Doug Walls, P Benito Baez, P Michael Tejera, C Matt Frick, C Mandy Romero, C Matt Treano, C Dusty Wathan, IF Chris Caplinski, IF Josue Espada, IF Mike Gulan, IF Derek Wathan and OF Edgard Clemente to minor-league camp.

Phillies: Optioned OF Reggie Taylor, OF Eric Valent and P David Coggin to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; P Jimmy Osting and SS Nick Punto to Double-A Reading; and P Jason Boyd, P Rigo Beltran, 1B Gene Schall and C Eric Schreimann to minor-league camp.

Tigers: Optioned P Adam Bernero, P Matt Miller and C Brandon Inge to Triple-A Toledo and OF Andres Torres to Double-A Erie. Sent OF Jermaine Allensworth, P Mark Johnson, P Sean Runyan and IF Kurt Bierek to minor league camp.

White Sox: Sent IF Amaury Garcia outright to Triple-A Charlotte.


Bulls: Activated C Dragan Tarlac. Placed F-C Michael Ruffin on injured list with fractured left hand.

Cavaliers: Activated G Anthony Johnson. Placed F Cedric Henderson on injured list with strained left groin.

Pacers: Placed F Lari Ketner on injured list with lower back spasms. Activated G Tyus Edney.

Trail Blazers: Activated G Greg Anthony. Placed G Erick Barkley on injured list with left knee pain.


Duquesne: Men's basketball coach Darelle Porter resigned.


Bengals: Signed free-agent K Richie Cunningham to two-year contract.

Cardinals: Released G Matt Joyce.

Dolphins: Signed WR James McKnight, who had been with Cowboys, to five-year contract. Re-signed TE Hunter Goodwin to two-year contract.

Eagles: Signed OL Ryan Schau to one-year contract.

Jets: Declined to match Miami's offer sheet for QB Ray Lucas.

Panthers: Signed G Kevin Donnalley, who had been with Dolphins.

Patriots: Signed unrestricted free-agent LB Mike Vrabel, who had been with Steelers, and unrestricted free-agent S Matt Stevens.

Vikings: Signed TE Byron Chamberlain to one-year contract.


Lightning: Suspended RW Sheldon Keefe indefinitely without pay for failing to report for minor-league assignment.

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