Orioles: Signed P Kent Mercker to one-year, $2.825 million deal with an option year. Agreed to terms with P Garrett Stephenson (Linganore, Boonsboro). Roving minor-league hitting instructor Mike Easler resigned, effective Feb. 15.
Red Sox: Agreed to terms with IF Luis Alicea on one-year contract.
Indiana: Named Kit Cartwright quarterbacks coach.
NHL: Suspended Blackhawks RW Bob Probert one game and fined him $1,000 for elbowing Blues' Tony Twist on Thursday.
Kings: Traded F Pat Conacher to Flames for RW Craig Ferguson.
Stars: Placed D Craig Ludwig on IR, retroactive to Tuesday.