The Major League Baseball franchise scheduled to begin play in Washington will announce how to purchase season tickets Wednesday, even as the D.C. Council delayed a vote on a stadium plan that could determine whether the franchise moves from Montreal.

The ticket announcement, which has been delayed several times, is caught up in legal details, Expos President Tony Tavares said. He said the delay had nothing to do with the council's postponement of the stadium vote.

"I'm not holding it up for anything," Tavares said by telephone from Washington. "If left to my own devices, this would be getting done. But it's a legal matter, and once we get it straightened out -- and we will get it straightened out -- we'll be in better position."

When Tavares arrived in Washington early last month, he said he wanted to get a system to sell tickets up and running within 10 days.

Meantime, the club moved five minor league players on to its 40-man roster.

The Expos purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Michael Hinckley, first baseman Larry Broadway and right-handed pitcher Darrell Rasner from its Class AA affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. They also purchased the contracts of right-handers Josh Karp and Danny Rueckel from AAA Edmonton.

Hinckley is one of the franchise's prized prospects. As a 22-year-old, he went 11-4 with a 2.77 earned run average in 26 starts split between Harrisburg and Class A Brevard County. He led the organization in wins and strikeouts (131 in 90 innings) and was named the Expos' minor league pitcher of the year.

Broadway hit .270 with 22 home runs and 72 runs batted in for Harrisburg. Rasner split the year between Harrisburg and Brevard County and went 7-6 with a 2.78 ERA. Karp went 4-10 with a 5.95 ERA for Edmonton. Rueckel went 7-5 with nine saves and a 2.75 ERA.