October 16, 2004



ATHLETICS: Declined to exercise contract options of OF Jermaine Dye and P Chris Hammond. Sent outright P Kirk Saarloos, C Mike Rose, IF Esteban German, IF Graham Koonce, OF Mike Edwards and OF Billy McMillon to Triple-A Sacramento. Purchased contract of OF Nelson Cruz from Sacramento.

BRAVES: Assigned P Tim Drew and P Travis Smith outright to their minor league camp and announced they will be free agents. Activated IF Carlos Guzman from 15-day DL and released him.

DODGERS: Declined to exercise contract option of P Elmer Dessens. Removed IF Jose Flores from 40-man roster.

EXPOS: Assigned P Jeriome Robertson outright to Triple-A Edmonton.

INDIANS: Declined to exercise contract option on P Bob Wickman. Announced IF Lou Merloni and C Tim Laker declined outright assignments to Triple-A Buffalo and elected to become free agents.

ORIOLES: Assigned OF Darnell McDonald outright to Triple-A Ottawa. Purchased contract of P Jacobo Sequea from Double-A Bowie and added him to 40-man roster.

PHILLIES: Exercised their 2005 contract option on P Billy Wagner. Announced P Felix Rodriguez will exercise his 2005 contract option.

TIGERS: Claimed OF Byron Gerris off waivers from Royals and OF DeWayne Wise off waivers from Braves.

TWINS: Declined to exercise contract option on SS Cristian Guzman. Announced IF Jose Offerman and C Pat Borders declined assignments to Triple-A Rochester and elected for free agency.


NUGGETS: Waived G Billy Keys, F Desmond Penigar and C Soumaila Samake.


SOUTH CAROLINA STATE: Signed football coach Oliver Pough to contract extension through 2009.


BENGALS: Signed LB Allen Augustin to practice squad.

BILLS: Signed WR Drew Haddad from practice squad.

GIANTS: Signed FB Luke Lawton to practice squad. Released RB Clarence Farmer from practice squad.

JAGUARS: Placed DL Lionel Barnes on IR. Signed DE Elton Patterson from Bengals' practice squad.


MLS: Fined Burn D Milton Reyes $500 for reckless foul against Galaxy on Oct. 9.

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