March 26, 2003



MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reduced suspension of Expos OF Vladimir Guerrero from three games to two for his involvement in bench-clearing brawl March 10 against Marlins. Reduced suspension of Dodgers P Guillermo Mota from five games to four for his role in bench-clearing brawl March 12 against Mets. Upheld five-game suspension and fine of Marlins P Brad Penny for involvement in March 10 brawl.

BRAVES: Acquired P Matt Coenen from Tigers for P Chris Spurling.

BREWERS: Re-assigned IF Jed Hansen and IF Wilton Veras to Triple-A Indianapolis. Released P David Pember. Traded former Oriols IF Manny Alexander to Rangers for future considerations.

METS: Released P Donovan Osborne. Optioned C Jason Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk. Assigned P Aaron Heilman, IF Russ Johnson and IF Jorge Velandia to minor-league camp.

ORIOLES: Optioned P Eric Dubose, OF Jack Cust and OF Luis Matos to Triple-A Ottawa. Assigned P Darwin Cubillan, P Mike Garcia, C Izzy Molina and IF Eddy Garabito to minor-league camp.

PADRES: Claimed IF Lou Merloni off waivers from Red Sox.

PHILLIES: Acquired OF Wendell Magee from Indians for player to be named.

PIRATES: Assigned C Yohanny Valera to minor-league camp. Sold contract of IF Jose Fernandez to Chiba Lotte of Japanese Pacific League.

REDS: Placed IF Juan Castro on 15-day DL with left knee inflammation. Sold contract of OF Benny Agbayani to Royals for undisclosed amount.

TIGERS: Optioned P Andy Van Hekken to Triple-A Toledo. Assigned P Steve Avery to minor-league camp.

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