February 27, 2005



ASTROS: Re-signed C Raul Chavez, P Mike Gallo and P Carlos Hernandez to one-year contracts.

CARDINALS: Agreed with P Jason Isringhausen on three-year contract.

ORIOLES: Agreed with OF Larry Bigbie, OF Val Majewski, P John Maine, P Aaron Rakers, P Matt Riley, C Eli Whiteside and 1B Walter Young on one-year contracts.


HEAT: Placed G Steve Smith on injured list with lower back strain. Activated F Christian Laettner from injured list.


VERMONT: Named Maryland assistant coach Mike Lonergan men's basketball coach.


BEARS: Agreed with free-agent WR Muhsin Muhammad, who had been with Panthers, on six-year contract.

BROWNS: Named Rip Scherer quarterbacks coach and Bob Trott defensive assistant coach.

STEELERS: RB Jerome Bettis agreed to play for $1.5 million next season. He was to have made $4,484,000.

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