C.J. Wilson: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin”

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Albert Pujols reportedly turned down $275 million from the Marlins to take $254 million from the Angels and it turns out C.J. Wilson also opted against going to Miami for the most possible money.

Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the left-hander “easily” could have topped $100 million because the Marlins “would not let it go.”

Instead he inked a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Angels, saying: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin.”

(It’s the Miami Marlins now, C.J., but whatever.)

Miami refusing to grant no-trade clauses to any player reportedly also played a factor in the Pujols discussions and may have been an issue for Wilson as well, but whatever the case squeezing the most possible money out of free agency apparently didn’t determine either player’s new home.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.