The New York Times sells a chunk of the Boston Red Sox

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The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years.  When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence of it.  The sports writing was straight up.  The non-sports stuff was all about how fundamental problems facing American society were affecting upwardly mobile Manhattanites, so that was unchanged too.

Anyway, the Times is cashing in on some of the Sox stock. Today it was announced that it has sold 390 units of Fenway Sports Group stock, which represented more than half of its holdings in the company, for $117 million. They will continue to own 7.3% of FSG.

No word on what they’re going to invest their profits in.  Might be wise to invest in a better means of protecting people from navigating around their pay wall.  I’ve had a harder time making it from my living room to the john than I have getting their premium content for free.  No matter the case, the Times will no doubt be ON IT.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.