Until now the website Rockies.com had been owned by something called Tourism Canadian Rockies and was used to promote the Rocky Mountains, but Josh Leventhal of Baseball America reports that MLB has purchased the domain name for $1.2 million.
According to Venture Capital Group it’s the largest price ever paid for a sports-related website and a significantly higher price than the domain name was expected to generate via auction.
Leventhal notes that MLB now owns 26 of the 30 “dot-com” domain names for teams, with the Rays, Rangers, Twins, and Giants the holdouts. Giants.com is owned by the NFL team, while the other three are owned by non-baseball companies that apparently don’t want to sell.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that a team — identity unknown — has offered $92 million to closer Aroldis Chapman.
We’re definitely in Crazy Town when it comes to relievers. Earlier this week the Giants made Mark Melancon the highest-paid reliever in history with a “mere” $62 million deal. Yesterday the Cubs traded for Wade Davis. Kenley Jansen is out on the market looking to get a deal larger than that. Chapman — who posted 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings while helping the Cubs win the World Series — will,in all likelihood, top them all.
Teams reportedly in pursuit of Chapman: the Yankees, for whom he played last season before being traded to Chicago, the Nationals, Marlins and Dodgers.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.