DETROIT (AP) -- Less than two years after boldly signing Prince Fielder to a $214 million contract, the Detroit Tigers traded the slugging first baseman to Texas in another blockbuster move.
Fielder was dealt to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers agreed to pay the Rangers $30 million as part of the swap, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The $30 million is payable from 2016-20.
It's the first headline-grabbing move of baseball's offseason, and it involves two of the American League's top teams. Detroit has won three consecutive AL Central titles and reached the World Series in 2012, while Texas won the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011.
Fielder, a five-time All-Star, had to consent to the trade before it could be completed.
Kinsler just finished the first season of a $75 million, five-year contract.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez benched himself at his own grievance hearing.
The New York Yankees star walked out in the middle of a session, furious that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. The move, followed by angry statements accusing Selig of bias and the entire arbitration process of flaws, appeared to be a prelude to a lawsuit challenging whatever ruling Horowitz makes on A-Rod's 211-game suspension.
Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the penalty given to the three-time AL MVP by Major League Baseball in August for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The family and attorney of the alleged victim in a sexual assault investigation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sharply criticized Tallahassee police in their first public comments about the case.
The lengthy family statement said their attorney, Patricia Carroll, was warned by police that Tallahassee was a ''big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.''
The statement which was first provided to the Tampa Bay Times, also said the woman ''cannot fathom'' why local prosecutors were not told about the investigation involving Winston until last week. Winston's attorney has repeatedly maintained his client has done nothing wrong.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - A restless Richie Incognito sat with Miami Dolphins teammate Mike Pouncey watching their team's most recent game on TV, and contemplating the strange sequence of events that reduced them to couch potatoes.
Sidelined by a gall bladder illness, Pouncey said he watched Sunday's victory over San Diego at his house with Incognito, who was suspended for his role in the team's bullying scandal.
Incognito was suspended Nov. 3. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday on his grievance against the Dolphins seeking to rejoin the team.
Pouncey said he was interviewed about the scandal by NFL special investigator Ted Wells, who has been questioning players, coaches and staff at the Dolphins' complex this week. Wells is looking into allegations that tackle Jonathan Martin was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito.
NEW YORK (AP) - Perennial All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks and wide receiver Marvin Harrison were among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2014.
Brooks and Harrison, along with tackle Walter Jones and coach Tony Dungy, were the first-year eligible candidates to make the cut from 126 to 25. Brooks won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, while Harrison and Dungy were champions with Indianapolis.
Other star players being considered for induction to the Canton, Ohio, shrine next August include kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end-linebacker Charles Haley, safety John Lynch and defensive end Michael Strahan.
Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue also made the semifinals.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Lindsey Vonn partially tore one of the reconstructed ligaments in her surgically repaired right knee in a training crash that at the very least puts her preparation for the Sochi Olympics on hold.
What is less clear at the moment: When the four-time overall World Cup champion and 2010 Vancouver downhill gold medalist will be able to compete again and how her injuries might affect her Olympic hopes.
In addition to Vonn's ligament tear, the U.S. Ski Team and Vonn's personal publicist, Lewis Kay, issued nearly identical statements detailing more injuries from her fall at Copper Mountain, Colo., a day earlier: a mild strain to her right knee, the same one Vonn hurt in a high-speed crash at the world championships in February; ''minor facial abrasions''; a bruised shoulder blade.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - LeBron James spoke out again about his involvement with David Beckham and the retired soccer superstar's plan to bring an MLS team to Miami.
Specifically, James talked about finding a place for the team to call home.
Beckham scouted some Miami locations last week. Beckham, who played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS, has the right to pay $25 million to start an expansion franchise, and is seeking investors to assist with the overall startup costs such as stadium construction and player acquisitions.
MLS expansion is all the rage in Florida these days, with Beckham deciding last month that he wanted to bring a team to Miami and after Orlando was awarded a team that will begin play in 2015.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A day before he was scheduled to give sworn testimony about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong reached a settlement with an insurance company that was seeking $3 million in performance bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001.
Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance sued Armstrong in Texas earlier this year after he admitted he doped during a career in which he won the Tour de France seven times.
Acceptance attorney Mark Kincaid and Armstrong attorney Tim Herman declined to disclose details of the settlement, but both said the case was ''resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.''