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Astros: Placed C Mitch Meluskey on 15-day DL with strained right shoulder. Purchased contract of C Raul Chavez from Triple-A New Orleans.

Blue Jays: Traded P John Sneed to Phillies to complete earlier trade for OF Rob Ducey. Mets: P Rich Rodriguez accepted assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles: Purchased contract of IF Carlos Casimiro from Double-A Bowie.

Pirates: Agreed to terms with OF-1B John Vander Wal on two-year contract.

Red Sox: Placed IF Jose Offerman on 15-day DL, retroactive to July 30, with bruised left knee. Recalled IF Morgan Burkhart from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tigers: Released former Orioles OF Luis Polonia. Called up OF Billy McMillon from Triple-A Toledo.

Schaumburg (Independent): Former Orioles IF-OF Jack Voigt retired and was named hitting-bench coach.


Nets: Waived center Jayson Williams, who has retired.


Bengals: Released WR Ben Clampitt, DT Dave Fleischhauer and P Jeff Walker.

Bills: Released PK Dan Giancola.

Dolphins: Waived G Antonio Fleming.

Giants: Signed FB Michael Jones.

Jets: Waived RB-KR Robert Farmer.

Lions: Signed CB Sedrick Curry. Released LB Delaunta Cameron.

Saints: Acquired QB Aaron Brooks and TE Lamont Hall from Packers for LB K. D. Williams and undisclosed 2001 draft pick.


Blackhawks: Signed unrestricted free-agent G Rob Tallas, who had been with Bruins.

Canucks: Named Bob Murray scout.

Capitals: Re-signed Group II free-agent C Andrei Nikolishin to one-year contract.

Coyotes: Re-signed restricted free-agent C Travis Green to one-year contract. Re-signed restricted free-agent C Daniel Briere to three-year contract.

Flames: Re-signed D Wade Belak.

Hurricanes: Signed free-agent D Kevin Hatcher, who had been with Rangers.

Kings: Re-signed D Aki Berg and G Marcel Cousineau to one-year contract. Re-signed RW Brad Chartrand to multi-year contract.

Lightning: Re-signed restricted free-agent C, restricted free-agent C Brian Holzinger and restricted free-agent C Steve Martins to one-year contracts. Signed free-agent RW Martin St. Louis, who had been with Flames, to multi-year contract.

Mighty Ducks: Agreed to one-year contract with restricted free agent G Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Rangers: Named Tom Renney director of player personnel.

Stars: Re-signed restricted free-agent RW Jamie Langenbrunner to one-year contract.

Wild: Agreed to terms with restricted free-agent C Darryl Laplante.

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