Padres pick Jon Garland as Opening Day starter

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Bud Black announced that Jon Garland will the Padres’ Opening Day starter, with Chris Young and Kevin Correia following him in the rotation.
“We just feel pretty good about these three guys,” Black told Corey Brock of MLB.com while refusing to name the Padres’ fourth and fifth starters. Clayton Richard and Matt Latos are expected to claim the final two spots in the rotation.
Garland getting the Opening Day nod is surprising because he’s never started Game 1 before in nine previous seasons and just signed with the Padres as a free agent in January, whereas Young has been the team’s best non-Jake Peavy starter for most of the past four seasons and Correia had twice as many wins as anyone else on the pitching staff last year.
Garland has a 6.37 ERA in four starts this spring after going 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA and 109/61 K/BB ratio in 33 starts split between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers last season.

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.