BRAVES: Agreed to one-year, $2.35 million contract with 2B Marcus Giles, avoiding salary arbitration.
CUBS: Invited P Jimmy Anderson, P Eddie Oropesa, P Raul Valdez, P Jermaine Van Buren, C Casey Kopitzke, C Jose Reyes, IF Danny Klassen, IF Cody Ransom, OF Peter Bergeron, OF Angel Echevarria, OF Adam Greenberg, OF Calvin Murray and OF Rene Reyes to spring training.
DODGERS: Signed P Eric Gagne to two-year contract with mutual option.
MARINERS: Invited P Aaron Sele, who had been with Angels, and IF Ricky Gutierrez, who had been with Red Sox, to major league camp.
ROYALS: Agreed to minor league contract with IF Denny Hocking that would pay him $500,000 if is added to major league roster.
TIGERS: Named Tom Brookens manager of short-season Single-A Oneonta.
TWINS: Extended affiliation agreement with Double-A New Britain through 2008.
HAWKS: Signed C Obinna Ekezie (Maryland) to 10-day contract.
NETS: Signed G Billy Thomas to 10-day contract.
TIMBERWOLVES: Signed F John Thomas to 10-day contract.
COMETS (WNBA): Named Tom Cross director of player personnel.
COLUMBUS (NBDL): Signed G Kevin Braswell (Lake Clifton).
LONG BEACH JAM (ABA): Announced resignation of coach Tiny Archibald. Named Corey Gaines coach.
GRAMBLING STATE: Named interim football coach Melvin Spears football coach.
OKLAHOMA: Reinstated DT Dusty Dvoracek, who was kicked off team in September after being involved in bar fight.
SAM HOUSTON STATE: Named Todd Whitten football coach.
SETON HALL: Annouced that basketball F Mike Pilgrim has transferred from Cincinnati.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Named Jethro Franklin defensive line coach.
SYRACUSE: Named Tim Cross defensive line coach and Desmond Robinson running backs coach.
TEXAS: Declared men's basketball F P.J. Tucker academically ineligible for remainder of season.
BEARS: Named Perry Fewell defensive backs coach.
BUCCANEERS: Named Aaron Kromer senior assistant coach.
CHARGERS: Signed CB Jonathan Cox, RB Ahmaad Galloway, LB Howard Hodges, WR Ruvell Martin, WR Carl Morris, RB Calvin Murray, C Isaiah Ross and TE-LS Danny Young to one-year contracts and allocated them to NFL Europe. Signed T Carlos Joseph and WR Willie Quinnie to one-year contracts.
COLTS: Named Jim Caldwell assistant head coach.
RAMS: Signed WR Mike Furrey, RB Arlen Harris and LB Drew Wahlroos to contract extensions. Signed TE Mike Brake, WR Michael Coleman, RB Dusty McGrorty, QB Russ Michna, T Matt Morgan and LB Tony Newson to future contracts.
RAVENS: Named John Fassel offensive assistant coach.
VIKINGS: Named Steve Loney offensive coordinator.
U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: Suspended curler Mitchell Marks two years for refusing to submit to drug test.
UNITED (MLS): Traded G Doug Warren to Revolution for fourth-round pick in 2006 draft. Announced that G Troy Perkins has joined English Premiership team Bolton Wanderers FC for 10-day training assignment.