CUBS: Recalled OF David Kelton from Triple-A Iowa. Optioned P Juan Cruz to Iowa. Sent IF Bobby Hill to Pirates to complete July 22 deal that sent OF Kenny Lofton and 3B Aramis Ramirez to Chicago for 3B Jose Hernandez and P Matt Bruback.

INDIANS : Placed OF Milton Bradley on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 10, with lumbar contusion. Recalled OF Alex Escobar from Triple-A Buffalo.


MARINERS: Purchased contract of P Brian Sweeney from Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned C Pat Borders to Tacoma. Recalled P Matt Thornton from Tacoma and placed him on 60-day DL.

MARLINS: Extended contract of GM Larry Beinfest three years through 2007 season.

ORIOLES: Designated P Rick Helling for assignment. Purchased contract of P John Parrish from Double-A Bowie.

ROCKIES: Placed C Bobby Estalella on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 11, with inflamed right elbow. Purchased contract of C Mandy Romero from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

TWINS: Sent outright P James Baldwin to Triple-A Rochester. Recalled P Grant Balfour from Rochester.

YANKEES: Reinstated P Antonio Osuna from bereavement list. Optioned P Bret Prinz to Triple-A Columbus.


KINGS: Signed G Anthony Peeler.


TRAIL BLAZERS: Terminated contract of C Arvydas Sabonis.

MERCURY (WNBA): Activated F Kayte Christensen from injured list. Placed G Gergana Slavtcheva on injured list with right elbow tendinitis.


EAST CAROLINA: Announced RB Art Brown will miss football season with right knee injury.


EAGLES: Signed WR Todd Pinkston to six-year contract extension.


JETS: Waived OL Patrick Smith.

PATRIOTS: Waived G Marques McFadden.


BLUE JACKETS: Signed RW Nikolai Zherdev, first-round pick in 2003 draft, to multi-year contract.

COYOTES: Named Gord Dineen assistant coach.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Signed coach Mike Babcock, assistant coaches Lorne Henning and Paul MacLean and goaltending consultant Francois Allaire to one-year contract extensions through 2004-05 season. Promoted video scouting coordinator Greg Carvel to assistant coach.


PREDATORS: Signed D Kimmo Timonen.