Baseball Chicago Cubs -- Placed P Dave Smith (0-5, 5.04 ERA) on the day DL, retroactive to July 23. Sent P Laddie Renfroe (0-1, 13.50 ERA) outright to Class AAA Iowa. Recalled P Dave Pavlas from Iowa.
Cincinnati Reds -- Activated P Jose Rijo from the 15-day DL. Optioned OF Freddie Benavides (.316, 0 homers, 3 RBI) to Class AAA Nashville.
San Francisco Giants -- Recalled P Bryan Hickerson from Class AAA Phoenix. Optioned IF Greg Litton (.171, 1, 14) to Phoenix. Moved P Scott Garrelts from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot for Hickerson on the 40-man roster.
Fortinudo Bolgna (Italian League) -- Signed Shaun Vandiver (1 of the Golden State Warriors' 3 first-round draft picks, 25th overall) to a 2-year contract.
Cleveland Browns -- Signed DE Greg Mark.
Miami Dolphins -- Signed DE T.J. Turner.
Minnesota Vikings -- Signed DE Chris Doleman to a multiyear contract. Signed QB Rich Gannon to a 1-year contract.
New York Giants -- Placed LB Larry McGrew on the reserved-did not report list.
Seattle Seahawks -- Signed TE Ron Heller to a 1-year contract. Agreed to terms with WR Jeff Chadwick and WR David Daniels (3rd round draft pick from Penn State). Released WR Calvin Griggs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Signed LB Ervin Randle to a 1-year contract.
Chicago Blackhawks -- Name Rich Preston assistant coach. Named John Marks coach of their IHL farm team in Indianapolis.
Toronto Maple Leafs -- Named Marc Crawford coach of their AHL farm team in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Vancouver Canucks -- Signed 12-year NHL vet C Ryan Walter to a 1-year contract. Walter played out his option with the Montreal Canadiens, who will receive no compensation because they declined to match Vancouver's offer.