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Tuesday's Sports Transactions

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The Associated Press | December 31, 2013 10:29 PM EST | AP

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HOUSTON ASTROS — Agreed to terms with RHP Jesse Crain on a one-year contract.

GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS — Signed RHP Kagen Hopkins, RHP Ethan Gibbons and RHP Mike Weatherly.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS — Exercised 2014 contract options on OFs Kenny Gregory and Steven Liddle; 1B Gerardo Avila; Cs Philip Butler and Shane Street; RHPs Kyle Wahl, Nelson Curry, Wes Alsup, Brett Kennedy, Preston Vancil, Blake Nation, Travis Bradshaw and John Colella; INFs Jason Ganek, Jon Eisen, Danny Hernandez, Cannon Lester, Trevor Whyte and Andrew Cohn; and LHPs Michael Carden and Matt Crim. Declined the options on INF Austin Montgomery, RHPs Drew Bailey and Bryant George and LHP Richard Sullivan.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Waived F Lou Amundson.

NEW YORK KNICKS — Signed F Jeremy Tyler from Erie (NBADL). Released G Chris Smith.

ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed WR Mike Thomas to a reserve/future contract.

BALTIMORE RAVENS — Signed TEs Matt Furstenburg and Nathan Overbay (TE), WRs Gerrard Sheppard and Kamar Aiken, DT Cody Larsen, OT David Mims, QB Nick Stephens and C Reggie Stephens to reserve/future contracts.

BUFFALO BILLS — Signed DB Brandon Burton to a reserve/future contract.

CHICAGO BEARS — Signed P Drew Butler and RB Willie Carter to reserve/future contracts.

DALLAS COWBOYS — Signed WR Tim Benford, G Ray Dominguez, WR Lance Lewis, DE Caesar Rayford, LB Jonathan Stewart and OT John Wetzel to reserve/future contracts.

GREEN BAY PACKERS_Signed G Lanier Coleman to the practice squad.

HOUSTON TEXANS — Signed WRs Rico Richardson, Andy Cruse and Uzoma Nwachukwu; DB Steven Terrell; and CB Loyce Means to reserve/future contracts.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Signed WRs Jabin Sambrano and Chad Bumphis, DEs Will Pericak and D'Aundre Reed, OT DeMarcus Love, QB Matt Scott, TE Brandon Barden and RB Shaun Chapas to reserve/future contracts.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Placed LB James-Michael Johnson on injured reserve. Signed LB Robert James.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed C Matt Stankiewitch. Signed WR Greg Orton to the practice squad.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Signed RB Alvester Alexander, WRs Justin Brown and Kashif Moore, Gs Bryant Browning and Chris Hubbard, S Ross Ventrone and LB Kion Wilson to reserve/future contracts.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Signed LW Kerby Rychel to a three-year, entry-level contract.

OTTAWA SENATORS — Recalled F Mark Stone from Binghamton (AHL) on an emergency basis.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned F Pierre-Cedric Labrie to Syracuse (AHL).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS — Signed D Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year contract.

WINNIPEG JETS — Agreed to terms with F Ryan Olsen on a three-year, two-way, entry-level contract.

BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Reassigned D Sean Escobedo to Stockton (AHL).

READING ROYALS — Signed G Russ Stein. Suspended F Louie Caporusso.

FLORIDA STATE — Signed football coach Jimbo Fisher to a three-year contract extension through 2018.