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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