Astros: Acquired INF Luis Lopez from Padres for LHP Sean Runyan. Reassigned P Oscar Henriquez, RHP Trever Miller, RHP Blas Minor, LHP C.J. Nitkowski, C Mitch Meluskey, INF Carlos Guillen, OF Kevin Flora and OF Ken Ramos to minor-league camp.
Mets: Assigned INF Jason Hardtke, RHP Cory Lidle, RHP Rudy Seanez, RHP Mike Welch, C Charlie Greene and C Pedro Grifol to Triple-A Norfolk. Released ex-Orioles RHP John Habyan.
Padres: Optioned INF Homer Bush, INF Derrek Lee, INF Jorge Velandia, P Brad Kaufman and P Heath Murray to Triple-A Las Vegas. Outrighted P Andres Berumen to Las Vegas. Reassigned P Marshall Boze, P Jim Bruske and P Bryan Eversgerd to minor-league camp.
Phillies: Announced Lee Thomas, general manager, agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 1998 season.
Twins: Optioned OF J.J. Johnson, OF Chris Latham, OF Jamie Ogden and OF Ryan Radmanovich to Triple-A Salt Lake City. Optioned C Javier Valentin and OF Torii Hunter to Double-A New Britain. Reassigned INF Kevin Baez, INF Pedro Castellano and C Tro Fortin to minor-league camp.
Pub Date: 3/17/97