MIAMI — The Miami Marlins’ spending spree a year ago didn’t work, so now they’re trying another payroll purge — shedding their biggest stars and their multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal.
Rebranded in a new ballpark at the start of 2012, the Marlins were up to their old ways Tuesday, swapping high-priced talent for top prospects. Miami traded All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and ace right-hander Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the agreement said.
The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams weren’t officially commenting. The person said the trade sent several of the Blue Jays’ best young players to Miami.
The stunning agreement came less than a year after the Marlins added Reyes, Buehrle and closer Heath Bell in an uncharacteristic $191 million spending binge as they moved into a new ballpark. The acquisitions raised high hopes, but the Marlins instead finished last in the NL East.
The latest paring of salary actually began in July, when the Marlins parted with former NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez, among others. Bell, the team’s high-profile bust, was traded to Arizona last month.
Under owner Jeffrey Loria, long the target of fan acrimony, the Marlins have usually been among baseball’s thriftiest teams. Management pledged that would change with the new ballpark, but team officials were disappointed with attendance in 2012, and revenue fell far short of their projections.
Even so, the blockbuster deal came as a shock. The players involved must undergo physicals before the trade becomes final.
PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger left Heinz Field on Monday night with his sprained right shoulder in a sling. When he walks back in ready to play is anybody’s guess.
Tomlin called Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback “questionable” but otherwise offered little detail Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Roethlisberger was pounded into the ground by Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-13 overtime victory.
“He is being evaluated,” Tomlin said. “Obviously this injury puts his participation in the questionable category for this week.”
Roethlisberger left the game and went to the hospital to for an MRI-exam. He underwent more tests on Tuesday to determine the severity of the sprain to the sternoclavicular (SC) joint in his throwing shoulder.
The SC joint connects the collarbone to the sternum. Treatment can range from a few days of rest and ice to as much as 4-6 weeks according to Dr. Victor Khabie, chief of sports medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
“You could tape it, you could do that stuff but the reality is those ligaments just have to heal,” Khabie said. “If you go throwing, you slow down the healing process.”
Roethlisberger was scrambling in the pocket to buy time on Pittsburgh’s first possession of the second half when Houston wrapped up Roethlisberger’s legs and Hali slammed into him, driving the quarterback’s right side into the damp Heinz Field turf. Roethlisberger didn’t appear to be hurt walking off the field but quickly made his way to the locker room before leaving the stadium with the game still in progress.
Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Colorado on Tuesday with “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for the past two weeks.
Vonn’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email that the four-time overall World Cup champion was “awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain.”
Vonn’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told The Associated Press that this isn’t the first time the racer has gone to the hospital in Vail.
Haemmerle, who prepares Vonn’s Head skis and has been on hand in Colorado awaiting her recovery, said that Vonn hasn’t trained since going out in the second run of the season-opening giant slalom Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria.
“She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting. … She’s been (to the hospital) two or three times. This is the first time she’s stayed overnight,” Haemmerle said in a telephone interview. “The coaches also don’t know. First they told me we would train again Monday, then Wednesday, now the end of the week.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets for guard Matt Carroll on Tuesday.
In 499 games over eight NBA seasons with five teams, the 6-foot-9 Warrick has averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds with a .494 field goal percentage.
Warrick played in only one game this season after being acquired by the Hornets in July.
Carroll, a nine-year NBA veteran, hasn’t been in Charlotte’s rotation.
Warrick’s salary is $4 million this year, and the Bobcats hold a $4 million option for next season. Carroll is earning $3.5 million this season.
The Bobcats are trying to build their team around defense, and Warrick could help in that process.
Carroll was acquired by the Bobcats from Dallas in 2010 with Erick Dampier and Eduardo Najera for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca. In 459 career games with Portland, San Antonio, Charlotte and Dallas, Carroll has averaged 6.6 points and 1.9 rebounds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski became an instant social media darling for hopping on Twitter during a lengthy delay in the Daytona 500.
The tweets made Keselowski the center of attention. NASCAR seemed trendy and hip — a description its executives surely adored.
Turns out, tweeting from the car isn’t that cool with NASCAR: Keselowski was fined $25,000 on Monday for tweeting during the red-flag at Phoenix International Raceway.
The punishment was confusing to fans who vented, of course, on Twitter, wondering why Keselowski was punished for Sunday’s tweets when he was celebrated by NASCAR in February.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp on Tuesday said drivers had been told after the Daytona 500 that electronic devices could not be carried in their cars, and that includes cell phones.
SAO PAULO — A Brazilian hospital says Pele is in good condition after surgery.
The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said Tuesday that the soccer great had a hip peration.
The hospital said it can only disclose additional information with the consent of Pele’s family.
Globo TV said he is expected to be released Wednesday. It wasn’t clear when he was admitted.
Pele, who won three World Cup titles with Brazil and scored nearly 1,300 career goals, turned 72 in October.
NEW YORK — The Arena Football League is moving to the CBS Sports Network cable channel.
The league and network said Tuesday they had agreed to a two-year deal. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 19 regular-season games in 2013 with a Saturday night package, along with two playoff games. The main CBS network will air the ArenaBowl in August.
The AFL was on NFL Network, with Friday night games, the last four years.
NFL Network is in about 25 million more homes than CBS Sports Network, though the championship game will receive a far bigger audience on CBS.