Astros: Agreed to terms with OF Derek Bell on three-year, $13 million contract with option for 2000.
Braves: Agreed to terms with OF Danny Bautista.
Expos: Claimed P Marc Valdes off waivers from Marlins.
Mariners: Agreed to minor-league contracts with P Josias Manzanillo, 2B Todd Haney, 3B Paul Torres and OF Jalal Leach.
Marlins: Designated 1B Greg Colbrunn for assignment.
Orioles: Triple-A Rochester re-signed DH Drew Denson and signed 2B Francisco Matos.
Rangers: Free-agent 2B Mark McLemore, a former Oriole, returned to Texas for $6.5 million over three years.
White Sox: Designated IF Domingo Cedeno and P Brian Keyser for assignment.
Grizzlies: Placed G Greg Anthony (stress fracture in ankle) on injured list. Signed G Martyn Norris.
Nuggets: Signed G Melvin Booker. Waived G Jeff McInnis.
Rockets: Activated C Charles Jones from injured list. Placed Sam Mack (sprained left foot) on injured list.
Mash Verona (Italy): Agreed to terms with G Spud Webb.
Arkansas State: Named Joe Hollis football coach.
Evansville: Sophomore Justin Farley Lesmond quit men's basketball team.
New Mexico State: Named Nebraska assistant Tony Samuel football coach.
Salisbury State: Named Margie Knight softball and volleyball coach.
Tarleton State: Named Craig Wederquist football coach.
Patriots: Signed WR Ray Lucas from the practice squad.
Blues: G Grant Fuhr signed extension worth about $2 million a year.
Islanders: Sent RW Todd Bertuzzi to IHL Utah.
Lightning: Assigned F Marian Kacir and D Mathieu Raby to ECHL Wheeling.
Pub Date: 12/13/96