Wil Nieves isn’t worth a bag of baseballs

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Or even one baseball, apparently.

With Brian McCann landing on the disabled list, the Braves picked up veteran catcher Wil Nieves from the Brewers on Wednesday.  Exactly what he was traded for wasn’t clear at the time, but Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted later that he got $1 in return.

One dollar.

Nieves hit .140/.189/.190 in 50 at-bats for Milwaukee this season before George Kottaras replaced him as Jonathan LuCroy’s backup.  The 34-year-old is a career .221/.268/.289 hitter in 751 at-bats.

The Braves assigned Nieves to Triple-A and went ahead with calling up J.C. Boscan to serve as the backup to Dave Ross while McCann is on the DL.

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.