Giants pick up options for Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

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The Giants announced on Monday that the club options for starter Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval have been exercised. Bumgarner’s option is for $12 million and Sandoval’s is for $18 million. Sandoval also has a club option for the 2020 season worth $17 million with a $5 million buyout.

Bumgarner, 29, missed the first two months of the season due to a fractured left pinkie finger suffered during spring training. He made his season debut on June 5 and went on to go 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA and a 109/43 K/BB ratio. His strikeout rate was his lowest since 2010 and his walk rate was the highest of his career. The Giants have been expected to discuss a contract extension with Bumgarner, but given those trends, the club may wait to see how he performs going into next season before finalizing anything.

Sandoval, 32, had his best season since 2014, serving mostly as a corner infielder for the Giants. He hit a respectable .248/.310/.417 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 252 plate appearances. He will be back in a bench role next season.

[Update: It’s worth pointing out that the Red Sox will be picking up all but the major league minimum ($545,000) of the $18 million Sandoval is owed, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes.]

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.