ANGELS: Agreed to one-year, $5 million contract with free-agent P Paul Byrd, who had been with Braves. Traded P Ramon Ortiz to Reds for P Dustin Moseley. Designated IF Alfredo Amezaga for assignment.
BLUE JAYS: Signed free-agent 3B Corey Koskie, who had been with Twins, to three-year, $17 million contract.
DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to minor league contracts with P Joe Beimel, P Tim Corcoran, P Gerardo Garcia, former Orioles P Jimmy Haynes, OF Damon Hollins, IF Luis Ordaz and IF Earl Snyder.
DIAMONDBACKS: Signed free-agent SS Royce Clayton, who had been with Rockies, to one-year, $1.3 million contract.
GIANTS: Placed C A.J. Pierzynski on waivers. Reached preliminary agreement on one-year, $1.3 million contract with C Einar Diaz. Agreed to minor league contracts with following players and invited them to major league camp: P Jeff Fassero, P Armando Almanza, P Brian Cooper, P Matt Kinney, P Jeremy Fikac, P Brandon Puffer, P Brandon Villafuerte, C Yamid Haad, IF Julio Cordido, IF Donaldo Mendez, OF Doug Clark and OF Julio Ramirez.
INDIANS: Signed free-agent IF Jose Hernandez, who had been with Dodgers, to one-year, $1.8 million contract. Designated IF Josh Phelps for assignment. Acquired P Thomas Mastny from Blue Jays to complete Nov. 24 trade for IF John McDonald.
REDS: Acquired P Ramon Ortiz from Angels for P Dustin Moseley.
RED SOX: Signed former Orioles P David Wells, a free agent who had been with Padres, to two-year, $8 million contract.
WHITE SOX: Designated P Ryan Meaux for assignment.
BOBCATS: Activated F Theron Smith from injured list. Placed F Tamar Slay on injured list.
GRIZZLIES: Announced that G Antonio Burks will be sidelined at least six weeks with broken right pinkie.
HAWKS: Waived C Jelani McCoy. Activated G Royal Ivey from injured list.
SUPERSONICS: Activated G Ibrahim Kutluay. Placed G Mateen Cleaves on injured list with strained left shoulder.
ALBANY (CBA): Named Micheal Ray Richardson coach. Named Bob Hill special consultant for player recruitment.
ASHEVILLE (NBDL): Acquired guard Joe Forte (DeMatha) from league's player pool.
LONG BEACH (ABA): Signed F Dennis Rodman to two-game contract.
FROSTBURG STATE: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named F Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie) to All-Great Lakes Region second team.
ILLINOIS: Named Larry Fedora, Joe Wickline and Dan Disch assistant football coaches.
KENT STATE: Named Jason Nichols wide receivers coach.
MARSHALL: Suspended senior LB Dionte Wilson for Fort Worth Bowl for violating team rules.
MEMPHIS: Suspended F Sean Banks indefinitely from men's basketball team.
NEW MEXICO STATE: Named McKinley Boston AD.
NORTH CAROLINA: Announced that OL Skip Seagraves has been granted sixth year of eligibility by NCAA.
OKLAHOMA: Granted DT Dusty Dvoracek medical hardship waiver.
SALISBURY: CAC named G Christen Barney women's basketball Player of the Week.
WEST VIRGINIA TECH: Fired football coach Mauro Monz.
BEARS: Placed G Rex Tucker on IR. Signed S Jason Shivers from Rams' practice squad. Signed T Ben Johnson to practice squad. Signed T Ben Johnson to practice squad.
BILLS: Placed TE Tim Euhus on IR with injured right knee. Signed C-TE Bradford Banta.
BROWNS: Placed QB Jeff Garcia and C Jeff Faine on IR. Waived OL Chad Beasley from IR. Waived DL Antonio Garay from physically-unable-to-perform list. Signed QB Josh Harris from Ravens' practice squad. Signed OL Craig Osika. Waived QB Nate Hybl from practice squad. Signed RB Sultan McCullough to practice squad.
CARDINALS: Placed T A.J. Shelton on IR with knee injury.
EAGLES: Signed LB Mike Labinjo from practice squad. Placed LB Jason Short on IR.
FALCONS: Placed FB Stanley Pritchett on IR with broken ankle. Signed FB Fred McCrary. Signed RB Jason Wright from practice squad.
49ERS: Placed CB Ahmed Plummer on IR with bulging disc in neck. Signed TE Doug Zeigler to practice squad. Promoted C-G Scott Peters from practice squad to active roster.
RAVENS: Promoted G Brian Rimpf from practice squad to active roster. Signed C Drew Caylor from Jets' practice squad. Released long snapper Mike Solwold.