The landscape of Major League Baseball got a significant shakeup tonight, as a reported mega-trade has been finalized that will send the Toronto Blue Jays All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, along with Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck from the Miami Marlins. In return, Miami received Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino.
By making the deal, the Jays picked up a significant payroll, as Reyes alone is owed $92 million over the next five years along with Buehrle’s $48-million contract over the next three years, and Johnson’s remaining $13.75 million deal through next year.
The NFL world continues to monitor the status of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a sprain in his throwing shoulder, as well as injuring several ribs, and the latest report is the sprain could take a while to heal. As of now, Ben is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s primetime showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.
In college football news, the presidents of Big East schools approved a two-division format today that will divide the conference into a western and eastern division. The west will feature Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple. The east will feature Central Florida, Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida.