ESPN’s entanglements with Major League Baseball are growing. Are they about to put a stranglehold on the game?
The network’s parent, Disney Corp., announced Tuesday that it had agreed to pay $1.58 billion to increase its stake in BAM Media, the company responsible for streaming MLB content, from 33 percent to 75 percent. BAM Media is a spinoff of MLB Advanced Media, baseball’s digital enterprise. Disney will employ BAM Media to help it launch its own streaming service next year.
Jeffress had a 2.38 in 158 appearances for Milwaukee over parts of three seasons, then was dealt to Texas in the Jonathan Lucroy trade last season. He’s struggled this year, though, posting a 5.31 ERA/5.83 FIP with the Rangers.
Everybody wants Brad Hand. Lefty reliever has a 2.57 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 143 1/3 innings over the past two years. He’s under club control through 2019, so the price will be steep.
Analysis (Gatto): Chicago deals its top prospect as it tries to become unbeatable in the NL Central. In exchange, it gets a controllable (through 2018) bullpen standout in Wilson and a power-hitting backup/platoon catcher in Avila (11 home runs in 2017). Wilson has closing ability (13 saves after replacing Francisco Rodriguez this season) but will serve as a key setup man for Wade Davis with the Cubs.
Detroit can now wish upon Candelario, 23, a corner infielder who already has 50 plate appearances in the majors. His NFL Jerseys Authentic Triple-A numbers this year are good but not overwhelming, though (12 homers, .868 OPS in the PCL through July 29).
Paredes, 18, was holding his own in the Single-A Midwest League (seven homers, .741 OPS through July 29) in his first full pro Liverpool Cheap Jerseys season. He signed with the Cubs out of Mexico on July 31, 2015.