American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Placed INF-OF Freddie Bynum, LHP Troy Patton, RHP Danys Baez, RHP Fernando Cabrera, RHP Chris Ray and RHP Jim Hoey on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Optioned OF Tike Redman to Norfolk (IL).

DETROIT TIGERS—Signed LHP Aaron Fultz to a minor league contract.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Optioned LHP Neal Musser, RHP Joel Peralta, INF Ryan Shealy and OF Mitch Maier to Omaha (PCL). Assigned RHP Brandon Duckworth, RHP Brad Salmon, RHP Hideo Nomo, INF Angel Berroa and INF Jason Smith to their minor league camp.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Optioned LHP Dallas Braden, OF Jeff Fiorentino and OF Carlos Gonzalez to Sacramento (PCL).

SEATTLE MARINERS—Traded C Jair Fernandez to Minnesota for the Twins refusal to return Rule 5 draftee RHP R.A. Dickey. Optioned Dickey and OF Jeremy Reed to Tacoma (PCL). Optioned RHP Brandon Morrow to West Tennessee (TL). Reassigned LHP Arthur Rhodes, RHP Roy Corcoran, RHP Chris Reitsma, INF Tug Hulett and INF Greg Norton to their minor league camp.

TAMPA BAY RAYS—Placed LHP Kurt Birkins and RHP Chad Orvella on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment. Purchased the contract of INF-OF Eric Hinske from Durham (IL). Optioned INF Joel Guzman to Durham, and RHP Juan Salas to Hudson Valley (NYP). Reassigned INF Andy Cannizaro, C Mike DiFelice, RHP Scott Munter, INF Chris Richard, OF John Rodriguez and OF John Weber to their minor league camp. Released C Josh Paul.

TEXAS RANGERS—Designated RHP Robinson Tejeda and OF Nelson Cruz for assignment. Optioned RHP Wes Littleton to Oklahoma (PCL).


American Hockey League


NORFOLK ADMIRALS—Signed F Jamie Bates.