Report: Athletics discussing one-year contract extension with Khris Davis

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In his latest column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are discussing a one-year contract extension with OF/DH Khris Davis that would cover his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. Davis avoided arbitration ahead of the 2018 season, agreeing with the A’s to a $10.5 million salary.

Davis has been an above-average hitter for the duration of his six-year career, but he is a below-average defender so he is essentially just a DH. Given how slow the market was for players of his type this past offseason, Rosenthal explains, Davis may be tempted to take the one-year guarantee rather than test his luck in free agency after the season. Last year, Davis hit 43 home runs, knocked in 110 runs, and batted .247/.336/.528 in 652 plate appearances. He has started the 2018 season in similar fashion, batting .257/.339/.535 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 115 PA.

Rosenthal also explains the Athletics’ potential motivations. With another strong season, Davis might command more in arbitration than he might agree to in the very near future. And signing him for another season means fans won’t have to watch another talented player leave the team due to money reasons.

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.