Angels: Agreed to terms with P Steve Ontiveros and IF Luis Alicea on minor-league contracts. Designated IF Robert Eenhoorn for assignment.
Blue Jays: Agreed to one-year contract with OF Jacob Brumfield with club option for 1998, avoiding salary arbitration.
Brewers: Signed 1B Dave Nilsson to three-year contract with club option for 2000.
Expos: Signed OF Cliff Floyd, IF Orlando Cabrera, IF Ryan McGuire, P Mike Thurman and P Steve Falteisek.
Mets: Signed C Yohanny Valera to minor-league contract and invited him to major-league camp.
Rangers: Re-signed 3B Dean Palmer to one-year $4.8 million contract.
Reds: Signed P Hector Carrasco, avoiding salary arbitration.
Rockies: Signed P Curtis Leskanic.
Hutch Award: Given to Indians SS Omar Vizquel, as player who best exemplifies late manager Fred Hutchinson's character, competitive desire and fighting spirit.
Kings: Signed G-F Jeff Grayer.
Bears: Special teams coach Danny Abramowicz left team to pursue another coaching opportunity.
Buccaneers: Signed TE John Davis to two-year contract.
Lions: Named Joe Pascale linebackers coach, Richard Slecer secondary coach and Gary Moeller running backs coach. Reassigned Frank Falks from running backs coach to tight ends coach.
Clemson: Named Steve Ensminger offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Blackhawks: Recalled C Steve Dubinsky from IHL Indianapolis.
Blues: Recalled D Jamie Rivers from AHL Worcester. Sent D Libor Zabransky to Worcester.
Canadiens: Recalled D Brad Brown from AHL Fredericton.
Coyotes: Recalled G Scott Langkow from AHL Springfield.
Oilers: Assigned G Steve Passmore from ECHL Raleigh to AHL Hamilton.
Bandits (AHL): Recalled RW Andrew Shier from ECHL Richmond.
FIFA: Named Barcelona's Brazilian striker Ronaldo Player of the Year.
Pub Date: 1/21/97