MLB nearing a deal to extend TV deals with Fox, TBS through 2021

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ESPN has already singed an extension on its TV deal and now Fox and TBS are lining up to do the same:

Under the deals, which are likely to be announced before the postseason, Fox will retain rights to the World Series and to a league championship series every year, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. The amount baseball receives from the two networks is likely to double to an average of about $800 million annually.

Back of the envelope math has that putting another $13-14 million per year in each team’s bank account over and above what they’re getting now. Add that to the ESPN deal which we talked about a few weeks ago, and that’s about $26-27 million more for each team every year by virtue of the new national TV deals. That’s big money for doing absolutely nothing.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.