Astros: Signed IF Ricky Gutierrez and P Mark Small to one-year contracts.
Brewers: Agreed to two-year contract with P Bob Wickman.
Expos: Signed free-agent P Jim Bullinger.
Padres: P Sterling Hitchcock agreed to two-year contract.
Phillies: Agreed to terms with P Rich Hunter and SS Desi Relaford. Agreed to Triple-A contract with P Tim Fortugno and invited him to major-league camp.
Rangers: Signed P Ed Vosberg to $450,000, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Agreed to terms with IF Mike Bell and OF Marc Sagmoen.
Red Sox: Placed P Steve Avery on 40-man roster. Designated IF Roberto Mejia for assignment. Agreed to one-year, $400,000 contract with P Butch Henry.
Royals: Invited OF Ryan Thompson (Chestertown), C Erik Pappas, C Matt Treanor and P Allen McDill to major-league spring training camp.
Hornets: Signed F Jamie Feick to second 10-day contract.
Jazz: Signed G Ruben Nembhard to second 10-day contract.
Chargers: Signed free-agent CB Michael Swift.
Lions: Named Jack Henry offensive line coach.
NHL: Named Rangers C Wayne Gretzky and Blackhawks D Chris Chelios All-Star captains.
Blackhawks: Recalled C Kip Miller from IHL Chicago.
Coyotes: Returned G Parris Duffus to IHL Las Vegas and D Brent Thompson to AHL Springfield.
Devils: Sent C Petr Sykora and Sergei Brylin to AHL Albany.
Pub Date: 1/17/97