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11/14/2012 - 2:00pm
Reports: Tigers land Torii Hunter

According to multiple reports, the Tigers have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter on a two-year, $26 million deal. The deal is not yet final, pending a physical. 

The 37-year-old Hunter hit .313 with a .365 OBP, .451 slugging mark, .817 OPS, 16 homers and nine steals in 140 games in 2012, the last year of a five-year, $90 million deal he signed with the Angels after the 2007 season. That production, coupled with the fact that the Angels did not extend him a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer (thus meaning it would not cost a team a draft pick to sign the veteran) and the fact that the 13-year veteran was comfortable with a relatively short-term deal, made Hunter one of the most attractive free agents on the market this winter.

He reportedly was courted by more than a dozen clubs, including the Red Sox, who saw him as a potentially excellent fit as a corner outfielder. Hunter is close with David Ortiz,...

11/14/2012 - 1:34pm
Luck: Pats' D creates opportunistic TOs

FOXBORO -- Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said Wednesday he's been impressed with the work of the Patriots defense over the first nine games of the season, lauding its work in forcing takeaways.

"I think they do a great job of creating turnovers at inopportune times for the offense and very opportunistic times for themselves," Luck said on a conference call with New England media. "You see it in the red zone, when they're backed up or teams are on big drives. They do a great job of that. I think they're just a solid defense all the way around.

"I think their front four is incredibly stout," he added. "Wilfork is one of the best nose tackles in the league, and the two edge rushers on the sides, they do get to the quarterback, and even if its not a sack, they can harass, force an early throw [or] force the quarterback out of the pocket. That'll be a focus all week. I'm sure our line will do a great...

11/14/2012 - 1:02pm
Celtics assign Melo, Joseph to D-League

The Celtics shipped Fab Melo and Kris Joseph to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, the team announced prior to their game against the Jazz on Wednesday.

The former Syracuse teammates were drafted by the C's No. 22 and 51 overall, respectively. Melo had yet to participate in an NBA game this season while Joseph played just three minutes in a blowout loss to the Bucks earlier this month, so neither move comes as a surprise.

For the Orange, Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a sophomore. Joseph averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in his senior season. The two will join C's camp invitee Micah Downs on the Red Claws roster.

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11/14/2012 - 12:32pm
Olney on M&M: 'Five-team race' in AL East

ESPN's Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to discuss the shifting landscape in the American League East following the Blue Jays' agreement to acquire a number of key players from the Marlins.

Olney acknowledged that the Jays improved their roster, but he said other teams aren't panicking.

"I can't say that I'm hearing a lot of hand-wringing going on today from executives with the other American League East teams, saying, 'Wow, this is a crushing deal to us that Toronto got all these players,' because I do think that there's some open questions about [Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle]," Olney said. "Everyone looks at Reyes as, OK, he's really talented, and he has a really hard time staying on the field, that's his history. Now [the Jays] have a massive obligation in salary there. And I don't think [opposing teams] look at Buehrle as someone that they're really afraid of. And as I mentioned, so many questions...

11/14/2012 - 12:18pm
Red Sox had 'preliminary talks' on Reyes

According to a baseball source, the Red Sox engaged in "preliminary talks" with the Marlins in regard to possibly acquiring shortstop Jose Reyes and pitcher Josh Johnson. The players ultimately were part of Miami's 12-player trade with the Blue Jays, with the Marlins also sending pitcher Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto.

The 29-year-old Reyes will be in the second year of a six-year, $106 million contract that includes a team option for $22 million in 2018. In his first year with the Marlins, the shortstop hit .287 with a .347 on-base percentage, stealing 40 bases and hitting 11 home runs. He hit leadoff in 95 of his 160 appearances, batting third 63 times.

Johnson, who has one year remaining in a deal that will play him $13.75 million in 2013, went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA in 2012, making 31 starts. The 28-year-old righty is two years removed from leading the National League in ERA (2.30).

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