Tigers’ Reed charged with sexual assault
Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at a Detroit hotel in March.
Reed allegedly sexually assaulted an “incapacitated” woman in his hotel room on March 30 before ordering her to leave, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in announcing charges against the 28-year-old reliever now with the Toledo Mud Hens.
Reed’s attorney, however, insists the 45-year-old woman consented to having sex in the pitcher’s room at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, according to the Detroit News.
After a months-long investigation, Worthy charged Reed with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he could spend up to 15 years in prison.
Cards acquire Masterson from Indians
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder James Ramsey, the teams announced Wednesday.
Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 98 innings for the Indians this season. He is currently sidelined with a knee injury, but was expected to return from the disabled list for the Indians on Friday. He is expected to make his first start with the Cardinals on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Masterson was 14-0 with a 3.45 ERA last season, but has struggled with his control in 2014. He has walked 56 batters in 98 innings, after walking 76 a year ago in 193 innings.
Ramsey, 24, was the first-round pick (23rd overall) of the Cardinals in the 2012 draft out of Florida State. He has spent the entire 2014 season with Double-A Springfield where he hit .300 (73-for-243) with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 36 RBIs in 67 games.
Cowboys, LT Smith agree to $98M extension
The Dallas Cowboys signed left tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extension worth close to $98 million. The total value of the deal is close to $110 million.
The deal averages $12.2 million per year and includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.
Smith, 23, is considered one of the top young blind-side protectors in the NFL. He has started all 47 games in which he has played since being selected in the first round in 2011, missing one game in 2012, the year he took over protecting quarterback Tony Romo’s blind side after spending his first season at right tackle.
After selecting Smith in 2011, the Cowboys used first round picks in each of the past two years on offensive linemen — center Tyler Frederick in 2013 and guard Zack Martin this year.
Kings, LW King agree on three-year deal
The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with restricted free agent left winger Dwight King, the team announced Wednesday.
The two sides agreed on a $5.85 million deal, forgoing the need for Friday’s salary arbitration hearing, according to USA Today. The contract breaks down to annual salaries of $1.75 million, $2 million and $2.1 million and a cap hit of $1.95 million. He averaged $750,000 in his last contract.
The 25-year-old King has appeared in 157 career NHL regular-season games — all with the Kings — in the past four seasons. He has totaled 54 points (24 goals, 30 assists).