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BRAVES -- Optioned P Buddy Carlyle to Triple-A Richmond. Purchased contract of C Corky Miller from Richmond. Placed P John Smoltz and P Chuck James on 15-day DL.

MARINERS -- Traded C Jair Fernandez to Twins for Twins' refusal to return Rule 5 draft pick P R.A. Dickey. Optioned Dickey and OF Jeremy Reed to Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned P Brandon Morrow to Double-A West Tennessee. Sent former Orioles P Arthur Rhodes, P Roy Corcoran, P Chris Reitsma, IF Tug Hulett and IF Greg Norton to minor league camp.

NATIONALS -- Signed IF Olmedo Saenz to minor league contract.

PIRATES -- Optioned SS Josh Wilson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

RAYS -- Placed former Orioles P Kurt Birkins and P Chad Orvella on 15-day DL. Designated P Grant Balfour for assignment. Purchased contract of IF-OF Eric Hinske from Triple-A Durham. Optioned IF Joel Guzman to Durham. Optioned P Juan Salas to Single-A Hudson Valley. Sent IF Andy Cannizaro, C Mike DiFelice, P Scott Munter, former Orioles OF Chris Richard, OF John Rodriguez and OF John Weber to minor league camp. Released C Josh Paul.

REDS -- Sent former Orioles P Jim Brower, IF-OF Jolbert Cabrera and former Orioles IF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. to minor league camp.

ROCKIES -- Sent P Jose Capellan and former Orioles P Josh Towers outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Optioned C Edwin Bellorin, OF Cory Sullivan and P Ryan Speier to Colorado Springs.

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