Report: Astros interested in Seth Lugo

Seth Lugo
Getty Images
4 Comments

According to Marc Carig of The Athletic, the Mets and Astros have been swapping ideas for a potential trade this offseason. Although the two sides haven’t come together on any particular arrangement, Carig hears that Houston may have some interest in a deal involving right-handed reliever Seth Lugo.

The 29-year-old righty proved both versatile and effective after making a near full-time switch to the bullpen in 2018. As the Mets struggled to cobble together a healthy starting rotation, Lugo shone in his new role, pitching to a 2.30 ERA, 2.5 BB/9, and 8.7 SO/9 through 49 relief appearances and 78 1/3 innings (his five spot starts, on the other hand, generated far more lackluster results). His breakthrough on the mound has largely been attributed to his signature curveball, which broke records with its absurdly high spin rate and could make him an intriguing addition to Houston’s spin rate-dependent pitching staff in 2019.

Right now, however, it’s not exactly clear how the Astros envision utilizing the right-handed swingman — provided they get that opportunity at all. Earlier this month, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway appeared committed to the idea of keeping Lugo in the bullpen for another year, and there’s no doubt he’d continue to make an impact for the team alongside recent additions like Jeurys Familia and Edwin Díaz. While there’s no need to throw cold water on this idea just yet, Carig points out that the Mets’ and Astros’ talks have been “wider-ranging” of late and it’s possible that they may not settle on anything definite for some time.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
0 Comments

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.