Steven Souza, Jr. sends some shade to the Rays

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The Rays surprised the baseball world in February when the club designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. Dickerson was coming off an All-Star season in which he hit .282/.325/.490 with 27 home runs and 62 RBI in 629 plate appearances. He and the Rays had avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.95 million salary, but apparently that was too expensive for the Rays, who ended up trading him to the Pirates shortly after DFAing him. The Rays also traded outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. to the Diamondbacks around the same time as the club continued to shed payroll.

Dickerson went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in Tuesday’s 8-5 win over the Cubs for the Pirates. During the game, Souza tweeted about Dickerson:

That seems like a bit of shade to their former club. After Tuesday’s action, Dickerson is batting .342/.359/.605 with a home run, nine RBI, and eight runs scored in 39 plate appearances for the Buccos.

Souza is still on the mend after straining his right pectoral muscle late in spring training, so he has yet to debut as a Diamondback.

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.