Nationals designate Miguel Montero for assignment

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The Washington Nationals have designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment to make way for Matt Wieters, who is coming off the disabled list.

Montero, 34, signed with the Nationals shortly before spring training and began the season as Wieters’ backup. When Wieters went on the DL Montero was pressed into starting service and went 0-for-11. That caused Dave Martinez to put Pedro Severino in and he has gone 7-for-19 with a couple of doubles making Montero, as the British say, redundant.

Montero has hit .256/.340/.411 with 126 homers in his 13-year big league career, but he’s fallen off quite a bit in the past few seasons. Barring some catcher injuries elsewhere, it’s hard to see where he might latch on anyplace.

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.