Dave Dombrowski is about to be a very popular guy

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Looking to upgrade your club this
winter, but aren’t thrilled with the available options in free agency?
Well, the cost-conscious Tigers could be baseball’s one-stop-shop.




In his latest piece for FOXSports.com, Jon Paul Morosi conjures up 10 clubs as possible fits for Detroit’s three most talked about stars
— Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera. According to
Morosi, many in the industry believe general manager Dave Dombrowski is
willing to move one or more players from the team’s core in order to
cut payroll.




Just a brief refresher, the team
would prefer to move Jackson over Granderson, according to a team
official from another club, but they are believed to be listening to
offers on both. Meanwhile, Cabrera’s availability is unclear.




The most interesting note from
Morosi’s piece is word from a National League executive who speculated
that the Tigers could net an impressive package of prospects for
Cabrera should they kick in $5 million per season to help pay his
salary. The 26-year-old Cabrera is owed $126 million over the next six
seasons.




The Tigers already have over $100
million in contract commitments for 2010, but Jeremy Bonderman,
Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Brandon Inge and possibly Magglio
Ordonez coming off the books after the season. I’m no accountant, but it appears that whatever
financial crunch they are having will likely be a temporary one. Either
way, Dombrowski figures to be one of the most popular GMs at the winter
meetings in Indianapolis next week.

Each owner will get at least $50 million in early 2018 from the sale of BAMTech

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Earlier this year Disney agreed to purchase the majority stake in BAMTech, the digital media company spun off from MLB Advanced Media. We know it as the source of the technology for MLB.tv and MLB.com, but it’s far more wide-ranging than that now. At present it powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and, eventually, will power Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services.

The company was started by an investment from baseball’s 30 owners, so they’re getting a big payout as a result of the acquisition. Earlier this morning Jim Bowden dropped this regarding how much of that payout is in the offing in the short term:

That’s probably on the low end, actually. Some people I’ve spoken to who are familiar with the acquisition say the figure is more like $68 million in Q1 of 2018.

Good for the owners! It was a savvy, forward-thinking investment that, in the past, baseball owners might not have made. Bud Selig, Bob Bowman and others deserve credit for convincing the Jeff Lorias and Jerry Reinsdorfs of the world to think big and long term. It’s money out of the sky, raining down upon the owner of your baseball team for, basically, doing nothing.

Money which should be remembered when your buddy complains about a relief pitcher getting $6 million for only pitching 65 innings. Money which should be remembered when your team’s GM says that he has to cut back on payroll in the coming year.