Carlos Zambrano is on the comeback trail again

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Carlos Zambrano, whose comeback attempt with the Phillies ended when he was released from Triple-A in July, is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League in the hopes of making another run at the big leagues in 2014.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Zambrano feels healthy now after blaming shoulder problems on this year’s lack of success. Of course, Zambrano’s struggles date back much further than this year.

Zambrano is still just 32 years old–seriously, I double-checked and everything–but he hasn’t posted a better-than-average ERA since 2010 and no longer even has the raw stuff to suggest he’s capable of putting things together in a big way.

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.