Phillies, Diamondbacks discussed a Paul Goldschmidt trade

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Jayson Stark of The Athletic hears that the Phillies talked to the Diamondbacks about Paul Goldschmidt. A potential deal involving pitcher Zach Eflin was discussed, but then things broke down once the Phillies brought up the idea of Arizona taking Carlos Santana which, nope, is not exactly what the Dbacks are wanting to do right now.

Goldschmidt, as we’ve discussed, is heading into his walk year for a Dbacks team that could very well lose Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock this offseason and is thus considering just tearing down and selling off. In addition to Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke is reportedly on the block as well. For his part, Goldschmidt remains an MVP-caliber player and is only making $14.5 million in 2019, so he’d take quite a haul of prospects, even if it is his walk year.

Like a lot of offseason transaction rumors, the end product of this is “welp, nothing came of it, so why should I care?” I think the takeaway here, however, should be more like “dang, the Phillies are willing to try anything and at least are thinking big.” The talk about them has mostly surrounded how they’ve positioned themselves to bid on Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado, but they clearly aren’t limiting themselves to that. And, in trying to shop Santana, they are not content to pretend that past signings weren’t mistakes, as so many teams tend to do.

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.