Astros: Agreed to one-year, $600,000 deal with P Mike Magnante. Did not tender contracts to IF Sean Berry and OF Chuck Carr, making them free agents.
Athletics: Traded P Eric Ludwick to Marlins for IF Kurt Abbott, whom they gave $1 million, one-year contract. Agreed to one-year deals with SS Rafael Bournigal and P Billy Taylor worth $385,000 and $1.1 million, respectively.
Brewers: Agreed to $1,325,000, two-year contract with P Mike Myers, who had been with Tigers.
Cubs: Did not tender contract to P Kent Bottenfield, making him free agent.
Devil Rays: Reached terms with P Scott Aldred, P Dave Eiland, OF Alex Cabrerra, OF Mathias Carrillo, P Daniel Garbay, P Scott Lewis and ex-Orioles C Tim Laker.
Giants: Agreed to one-year, $1 million deal with C Brian Johnson.
Indians: Agreed to minor-league contracts with P Marcus Moore, P Ben Blomdahl and IF Torey Lovullo. Named Jeff Datz manager of Triple-A Buffalo.
Mariners: Agreed to $3 million, one-year with P Heathcliff Slocumb.
Mets: Agreed to one-year, $350,000 contract with P Brian Bohanon. Agreed to minor-league deals with IF Shawn Gilbert, P Rich Trlicek and P Derek Aucoin.
Rangers: Traded SS Benji Gil to White Sox for P Al Levine and LHP Larry Thomas.
Red Sox: Named Dick Pole bullpen coach, replacing former Orioles pitching coach Herm Starrette, who will be reassigned. Retained coaches Jim Rice, Grady Little, Dave Jauss and Wendell Kim.
Rockies: Agreed to four-year deal with 2B Mike Lansing, acquired last month from Expos. Agreed to minor-league deals with IF Nelson Liriano and former Orioles OF Sherman Obando worth $350,000 and $220,000, respectively, if they make major-league team. Named Ron Gideon of Double-A Asheville.
Royals: Agreed to $300,000, one-year deal with SS Orlando Miller, who had been with Tigers.
White Sox: Designated IF Norberto Martin for assignment. Named Tony Pena coordinator of Dominican operations and manager of its Arizona Rookie-level team.
Yankees: Agreed to $1.8 million, two-year contract with P Graeme Lloyd and $2.5 million, one-year contract with 3B Scott Brosius.
Catskill (Independent): Named Gates Brown manager.
Hawks: Activated F Anthony Miller. Released G Randy Livingston.
Pacers: Activated F Derrick McKey. Placed F Mark West (left knee) on IR.
76ers: Activated F Derrick Coleman. Placed G Anthony Parker (sprained left medial collateral ligament) on injured list.
CBA: Suspended F Terquin Mott (Coppin State) one game.
North Carolina: Signed football coach Carl Torbush to five-year contract with annual base salary of $135,000.
Texas Tech: Basketball F Da'Mon Roberts will be eligible to play in second semester. F-C James Johnson will transfer to another school.
Broncos: Signed LB Jon Hesse off Packers' practice squad.
Chiefs: Waived DB Clyde Johnson.
Vikings: Signed WR Jake Reed to four-year contract extension.
Capitals: Recalled F Benoit Gratton from AHL Portland. Assigned F Brad Church to Portland.
Pub Date: 12/20/97