D-Backs Add Outfielder in 3-Team Trade
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — The winter meetings got busy Tuesday with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado.
Halfway through the four-day swap session, the 15-foot-wide dais at the Dolphin Hotel near Walt Disney World has been used for three announcements involving player transactions — triple the total of last year’s inert meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
In the big deal of the day, the Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams.
Arizona GM Kevin Towers was interested in another of Hahn’s players: pitcher Chris Sale. But Chicago doesn’t appear interested in dealing the 24-year-old left-hander.
Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs this year, playing first base in 123 games because Albert Pujols was hurt.
Oakland, the two-time defending AL West champion, received lefty Drew Pomeranz and minor league right-hander Chris Jensen from the Rockies for Anderson. The A’s also included cash to cover part of the salary of the left-hander, who is due $8 million next season.
Oakland GM Billy Beane has made four trades in a nine-day span, also acquiring closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore, reliever Luke Gregerson from San Diego and outfielder Craig Gentry from Texas.
Some bigger names were being shopped, with Tampa Bay discussing offers for 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers listening to those interested in outfielder Matt Kemp.
Among free agents, Detroit closed in on an agreement with outfielder Rajai Davis for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because an agreement had not been completed.
Figure Skating Champ Out
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip — “like you’re being electrocuted” — would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can’t fuel a dream.
The reigning Olympic figure skating champion announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.
“This has been my entire life, training and representing my country,” Lysacek told The Associated Press, pausing to fight back tears. “So it’s just kind of difficult. As much as I knew it could go either way, I never accepted it wouldn’t. I always thought it would work out. I was crushed. I am crushed.”
Lysacek said he will have to take time off the ice for the injury to completely heal, and surgery remains a possibility.
Lysacek hasn’t competed since the 2010 Vancouver Games, where he became the first American man to win the Olympic title since Brian Boitano in 1988.
Pats Get Booted From ‘SNF’
New York — The NFL will move the matchup between Chicago and Philadelphia to the prime-time slot on Sunday, Dec. 22.
The Bears (7-6) will travel to face the Eagles (8-5) at 8:30 p.m. on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
The New England Patriots’ game against the Baltimore Ravens will move to 4:25 p.m. on CBS.
Connecticut Sun Win Draft Lottery
Secaucus, n.j. — The Connecticut Sun won the top pick in the WNBA lottery Tuesday, giving them the first shot in a draft that will feature Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
They will be followed in the April draft by the Tulsa Shock, San Antonio Silver Stars and New York Liberty.
Connecticut, which finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, had a 44 percent chance of winning the No. 1 selection. It’s the second time Connecticut will go first — in 2010 it traded up for the first pick and took Tina Charles.
S tars Speak Out Against Homophobia
United Nations — Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.
The two openly gay athletes spoke at a special United Nations event celebrating International Human Rights Day.
They focused in part on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, which passed a law this summer banning homosexual “propaganda.”
The law has drawn international condemnation and sparked calls for a boycott, though no nations have threatened to pull their athletes.
Navratilova, who lost lucrative endorsements when she came out in 1981, said she doesn’t support boycotts of any kind. But she said the IOC is “putting its head in the sand” and criticized FIFA, the world soccer body, for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
“Nobody’s talking about Qatar and the World Cup. You can get a jail term there,” she said of consensual gay sex in the Persian Gulf nation.
In six other countries, including Saudi Arabia, simply being gay is punishable by death, she said.
“Gays and lesbians seem to be the last group it’s seen as OK to pick on,” she said.
The two athletes also joked about how times have changed for gay rights in the U.S.
“When Collins came out this year, he got a phone call from President Obama congratulating him,” Navratilova said. “Well, in 1981, Reagan was president. I didn’t get that phone call.”
“It’s funny, right before President Obama, it was Oprah Winfrey,” Collins added. “Like a surreal experience.”