Sports Briefs 11-14-12: Marlins trade 3 stars to Blue Jays

STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer Published:

MIAMI -- Reacting to the Miami Marlins' latest payroll purge on Twitter, slugger Giancarlo Stanton gave it three exclamation marks.

He wasn't exaggerating. The Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so they went the salary-dumping route again Tuesday, shedding some of their biggest stars and multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal.

The Marlins swapped high-priced talent for top prospects, trading 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 rebranded and moved into a new ballpark. The acquisitions raised high hopes, but the Marlins instead finished last in the NL East.

Salary-paring 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.

Stanton, the Marlins' precocious slugger, wasn't involved in the deal but wasn't happy about it.

"Alright, I'm (mad)!!! Plain & Simple," he tweeted shortly after the news broke.

• Football

Big Ben injury: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained right shoulder and his status for Sunday's showdown with AFC North rival Baltimore is uncertain.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger is "questionable" and is waiting for more details on the quarterback's condition.

Tillman's baby: Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman's wife gave birth to the couple's fourth child. They were expecting a girl.

Tillman thanked his Twitter followers for their "thoughts and prayers" and added "Wife and baby are doing great" in a post Tuesday.

Arena League moving: 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.

Officials reprimanded: The Sun Belt Conference has reprimanded two of its replay officials after they failed to properly review calls in two separate games.

The conference did not identify the officials in its announcement Tuesday.

The Sun Belt said the replay official working on the Louisiana-Monroe-Arkansas State game last Thursday failed to stop play quickly enough to review a touchdown run when an Arkansas State player stepped out of bounds a couple yards from the end zone.

• Basketball

Cavs lose: Deron Williams had 26 points and 10 assists, Joe Johnson scored 25 points, and Brooklyn beat road-weary Cleveland for its third straight victory.

Brook Lopez added 23 points for the Nets, who opened a 20-point lead at home for the third straight game, but this time barely let up and beat the Cavs for the sixth time in eight meetings.

Not signing: Top high school recruit Jabari Parker won't be signing his letter of intent when the early period begins today.

Jabari Parker, who plays for Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, has made official visits to Michigan State, Duke and Florida.

• Elsewhere

New driver: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will formally introduce Graham Rahal as its new 2013 driver today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 23-year-old driver will be paired with his father, Bobby, the team's co-owner and winner of three championships along with the 1986 Indianapolis 500. Father and son paired together only once before in IndyCar, for a 12th-place finish in the 2010 Indy 500.

Pele surgery: 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 operation.

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