Angels negotiating new television deal with FOX Sports

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For months now the Dodgers’ attempts to get a new television contract have made headlines, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels may be nearing a new TV deal of their own with FOX Sports.

According Shaikin in a recent court filing on behalf of MLB media consultant Ed Desser noted that “the Los Angeles Angels are expected to close a new transaction.”

Desser, the Angels, and FOX Sports declined to elaborate further, but a source told Shaikin that the two sides “have had dialogue about a new deal for an extended period of time.”

Shaikin speculates that the Angels might be able to secure a deal similar to the 20-year, $1.6 billion commitment FOX Sports gave the Rangers last year, which would be an increase of about $30 million per season compared to their current deal and could have a huge impact on the team’s future payroll.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.