Diamondbacks to sign Greg Holland

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Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic report that the Arizona Diamondbacks are soon to sign reliever Greg Holland.

Holland split time with the Cardinals and Nationals last year, and it was as if he was two different pitchers. In St. Louis he posted a ghastly 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances while watching his strikeout rate go way down, his walk rate going way up and his hits per nine innings almost doubling. It was just a nightmare. He was released by the Cardinals on August 1 and signed with the Nationals a few days later and everything turned around: in 24 games he posted a 0.84 ERA, a 0.891 WHIP and a K/BB ratio of 25/10 in 21.1 innings.

Will the real Greg Holland stand up in 2019? The Dbacks are betting on it.

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.