According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he plans to meet with team owner Mark Attanasio this weekend to discuss a possible contract extension for shortstop Jean Segura.
The Brewers previously pitched the idea of an extension to Segura’s agent last May, but nothing came of it. There’s no rush to get a deal done, as Segura isn’t even arbitration-eligible for the first time until 2015, but he’ll only get more expensive if he can build off a solid first season in the majors. Andrelton Simmons’ recent seven-year, $58 million extension with the Braves will surely come up in any conversations.
Segura, who turns 24 on Monday, hit .294/.329/.423 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, and 44 stolen bases over 146 games last season.
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.