January 09, 2004



ASTROS: Signed IF John Valentin to minor league contract.

ATHLETICS: Signed P Lou Pote to minor league contract.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to three-year contract with IF-OF Aubrey Huff and one-year contract with 1B-OF-C Robert Fick.

INDIANS: Signed P Jose Jimenez to one-year contract.

MARINERS: Agreed to terms with SS Rich Aurilia. Traded IF Carlos Guillen to Tigers for 2B Ramon Santiago and SS Juan Gonzalez.

ORIOLES: Re-signed OF B.J. Surhoff to minor league contract. Invited following players to spring training: C Raul Casanova, C Bill Haselman, C Carlos Mendez, IF Napoleon Calzado, IF Eddy Garabito, IF Luis Lopez, OF Chad Mottola, OF Pedro Swann and P Darwin Cubillan.

RANGERS: Named Jim Sundberg director of business development.

TIGERS: Sent P John Ennis outright to Triple-A Toledo.

TWINS: Signed P Aaron Fultz, P Kevin Tolar and 1B Juan Diaz to minor league contracts.

YANKEES: Sent IF Erick Almonte outright to Triple-A Columbus. Announced that C Michel Hernandez was claimed on waivers by Red Sox. Named former Orioles hitting coach Rick Down coordinator of minor league instruction.


JAZZ: Re-signed C Paul Grant to second 10-day contract.

NETS: Signed F Eddie Griffin.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Activated G Derek Anderson from injured list.


BALL STATE: Announced that sophomore C Charles Bass has transferred to men's basketball team from Ohio State.

UCLA: Announced that men's soccer coach Tom Fitzgerald has resigned to become coach at University of Tampa.

FLORIDA: Signed football coach Ron Zook to two-year contract extension.

MARYLAND: Announced that men's soccer player Clarence Goodson has decided to forgo his senior season to sign a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer.

MICHIGAN STATE: Announced that freshman G Brandon Cotton has left basketball team.

MISSOURI: Announced that QB Santino Riccio will transfer.

RHODE ISLAND: Announced that athletic director Ron Petro will not seek extension of contract, which expires June 30.

ST. MARY'S: Megan Baskins was named school's Athlete of the Month for December.


BRONCOS: Signed DT Luis Almanzar and WR Atnaf Harris to practice squad.

CHARGERS: Signed K Mackenzie Hoambrecker, T Clenton Ballard, RB Doug Chapman, S Jerton Evans and OL Chad Ward.

DOLPHINS: Signed DT Nate Bolling, S Antowoine Sanders and TE Josh Whitman.

49ERS: Signed WR Bosley Allen, WR Arland Bruce, WR Adam Herzing and WR Kahlil Hill.

JETS: Signed WR Rob Milanese.

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