Mariners sign Tim Beckham to one-year deal

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The Seattle Mariners have signed Tim Beckham to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. There are reportedly incentives that could bump it to $2 million as well.

Beckham, the former number one overall pick in the draft, was non-tendered by the Orioles in November after a .230/.287/.374 season. Given that the Mariners acquired J.P. Crawford earlier this offseason it’s unlikely Beckham will be a starter as opposed to insurance or as a utility guy.

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.