Astros, White Sox, Rays in on Nelson Cruz

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Jon Heyman reports that, the Astros, White Sox, and Rays are among the teams expressing early interest in free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

He’d make sense for just about any AL team other than the Red Sox, who have J.D. Martinez and, possibly, the Yankees, who often use their DH spot to rest their big corner sluggers. Sure, dedicated DHs are out of vogue but, after a year in which he hit 37 home runs and drove in 97 in 144 games, Cruz is one who would be worth the roster spot. What’s more, at age 38, it’s not like anyone would have to make a long commitment to him.

I realize it’s become trendy to eschew defensively limited power guys in the free agent market lately, but Cruz should be an exception. Almost any AL team would benefit from his presence.

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.