As is often the case, the Padres have one of the worst offenses in baseball. As has not always been the case historically, they seem pretty interested in fixing it and have a guy who could maybe just help with that waiting in the wings. Today they’ll call that guy up.
His name is Franmil Reyes, and he’s currently leading all of the minor leagues in homers with 14. His overall batting line at Triple-A El Paso: .346/.440/.748. He’s 6’5″ and he’s only 22. Yes, it’s the Pacific Coast League, and no, Reyes has not been ranked highly or, in some cases, ranked at all on the major prospect lists, so what he’s doing so far could be a fluke, but he definitely sounds like a guy who’ll be fun to see try to keep it up. It’s certainly not like the Padres have so many quality hitters that it makes any sense to block him.
They made room on the 40-man roster for Reyes yesterday by designating Chase Headley for assignment. They’ll make a move on the 25-roster today to put Reyes on the big club. He’s expected to start against the Rockies tonight.
FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.
While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.
UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:
For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.
FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.