December 21, 2004



ASTROS: Cut P Wade Miller.

ATHLETICS: P Chad Bradford agreed to $1.4 million, one-year contract. Reached agreements on one-year contracts with Tim Harikkala and 2B Mark Ellis. Offered contracts to DH Erubiel Durazo, OF Eric Byrnes, OF Bobby Kielty, P Octavio Dotel and P Juan Cruz.

BLUE JAYS: Agreed to terms with P Justin Speier on $4.15 million, two-year contract and IF John McDonald on $400,000, one-year contract. Sent P Steve Andrade outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

CUBS: Agreed to terms with IF Jose Macias on one-year contract.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to terms with P Rob Bell on one-year contract and C Tim Laker, 3B Brandon Larson and OF Brian Buchanan on minor league contracts.

DIAMONDBACKS: Did not offer contracts to P Brandon Medders and P Shane Nance.

GIANTS: Did not offer contracts to OF Dustan Mohr, IF Cody Ransom and P Wayne Franklin. The Giants offered contracts to IF Pedro Feliz and C Yorvit Torrealba.

INDIANS: Agreed to terms with 2B Ronnie Belliard on one-year contract.

MARINERS: Announced P Ron Villone accepted salary arbitration. Acquired P Sean Green from Rockies for P Aaron Taylor. Designated P Rett Johnson for assignment.

MARLINS: Sent P Mike Neu outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

METS: Named Russ Bove amateur scouting director, Bryan Lambe coordinator of professional scouting, Rudy Terrasas assistant amateur scouting director, Doug Gassaway Texas and Louisiana-area supervisor and Fred Mazuca southern California and Mexico-area supervisor.

NATIONALS: Re-signed free-agent P Joey Eischen to $1.04 million, one-year contract.

ORIOLES: Signed free-agent P Steve Kline, who had been with Cardinals, to $5.5 million, two-year contract. Signed RF Jay Gibbons to $2.6 million, one-year contract. Acquired IF Chris Gomez from Phillies for cash. Tendered contracts to OF Luis Matos, P Bruce Chen. IF-OF Jerry Hairston, P Jorge Julio, P Rodrigo Lopez, P John Parrish and P B.J. Ryan.

PHILLIES: Announced 2B Placido Polanco accepted salary arbitration. Designated C Michel Hernandez for assignment. Signed P Aaron Fultz to one-year contract. Sold P Aaron Myette to Sendai Golden Eagles.

PIRATES: Named Trevor Gooby director of Florida operations.

RANGERS: Re-signed former Orioles OF Dave Dellucci to two-year contract.

REDS: Signed former Orioles P Kent Mercker, who been with Cubs, to $2.6 million, two-year contract.

TIGERS: Agreed to terms with IF-OF Brandon Inge and OF Alex Sanchez.

TWINS: Agreed to terms with OF Jacque Jones, DH Matthew LeCroy, 2B Luis Rivas, P Matt Guerrier and OF Michael Ryan on one-year contracts.


COTTON BOWL: Former Baltimore Colts and Penn State RB Lydell Mitchell elected to Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

ARIZONA: Announced that men's G Beau Muhlbach will transfer to Texas A&M.

COLORADO: Dismissed G-F Keith Smith from basketball team for violating team rules.

CULVER-STOCKTON: Announced resignation of football coach Shawn Mennenga.

DUKE: Named Maryland RB coach Bill O'Brien offensive coordinator.

EAST CAROLINA: Named Donnie Kirkpatrick wide receivers coach.

EMORY & HENRY: Named Don Montgomery football coach.

LSU: Announced F Regis Koundjia has left basketball team.

MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE: Named Norman Joseph football coach.

NEW MEXICO STATE: Dismissed G Robert Frazier from basketball team for violating team rules.

MARYLAND: G John Gilchrist named ACC player of week.

OHIO STATE: Suspended QB Troy Smith for Alamo Bowl for violating team and NCAA rules.

SAN JOSE STATE: Named Tom Bowen AD.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Named Tyrone Nix co-defensive coordinator.

SOUTHERN CAL: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Rick Majerus .

TENNESSEE: TB Jabari Davis will not play in Cotton Bowl because he failed to meet academic requirements.


GIANTS: Placed LB Barrett Green and DE Regan Upshaw on IR. Signed DE Raheem Orr and OL Jason Hilliard. Signed DE Claude Harriott and OL Josh Parrish to practice squad.

PATRIOTS: Added DB Omare Lowe and LB Eric Alexander to roster from practice squad. Released OT Marques Sullivan.

High schools

CALVERT HALL: Brett DiPasquale signed letter of intent to play baseball for Belmont Abbey (N.C.) College. Scott Kreiger signed letter of intent to play baseball for George Mason. Ryan Arnold signed letter of intent to play lacrosse for Mercyhurst (Pa.) College. Nick Carr signed letter of intent to play lacrosse for Ohio State. Mike Fronczak signed letter of intent to play lacrosse for Sacred Heart (Conn.). Andrew Reinhardt signed letter of intent to play lacrosse for Delaware. Brad Ross signed letter of intent to play lacrosse for Catawba.

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