Pirates trade first baseman Ike Davis to the A’s

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has the news

Davis was designated for assignment by the Bucs a couple of days ago to open up a 40-man roster spot for top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon, who is now protected from selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Davis, 27, batted .235/.343/.378 in 397 plate appearances this past season for Pittsburgh. The first baseman is still trying to recapture the power stroke that saw him hit 32 home runs in 2012 with the Mets.

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.