Liberty Media owns the Atlanta Braves. They also own a company called BodyBuilding.com. The latter is in some trouble:
A nutrition company owned by the same company that owns the Atlanta Braves is selling steroids over the Internet, according to court papers unsealed Thursday. The nutrition company, BodyBuilding.com, is selling dietary supplements
that contain steroids and designer steroids, including a substance
found in the raid on the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative in 2003, the
court papers said.
They were raided yesterday.
On some level this story makes me feel good. I mean, when they bought the team a few years ago, I was concerned that Liberty Media was going to mistreat the Braves, raiding their profits and using them to prop up some of the weaker sisters in their vast media conglomerate.
Seeing that one of those sisters is selling steroids while the Braves are below the league average in home runs, however, makes me confident that Liberty is keeping their subsidiaries nice and separate.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Monday that the Angels have received inquiries from multiple teams concerning starter Hector Santiago. He adds that the club is willing to listen to offers. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have inquired.
Santiago, 28, has pitched to a 4.32 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 47 walks in 110 1/3 innings. Sabermetric statistics such as FIP, xFIP, and SIERA think the lefty has pitched even worse than his ERA indicates however, pitting 2016 as his worst performance to date.
Santiago is earning $5 million this season and will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into 2017.
We also learned earlier that, in an effort to bolster their starting rotation, the Marlins have also shown interest in Wade Miley of the Mariners and Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies.
The Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the disabled list last week due to more neck discomfort. On Friday, Fielder met with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed spinal fusion surgery on Fielder in 2014 for a herniated disk in his neck. Dossett has recommended another procedure, so Fielder will undergo season-ending surgery this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports.
Fielder was having a rough season, batting .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 370 plate appearances. He played in only 42 games in 2014, but returned in 2015 looking more like his old self. Unfortunately, neck and back issues are notoriously difficult to fix. Hopefully, this upcoming procedure does the trick for Fielder.
Fielder is owed $24 million per season through 2020, with the Tigers paying $6 million of it per season.