The Red Sox made huge news in Baseball yesterday by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to multi year deals at nearly 100 Million a piece. Bostons busy off season still has a lot of work to do as they need to focus on starting pitching now.
This team is now loaded in their lineup. Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez joins Big Papi, Pedroia, Napoli, and Rusney Castillo. That does not include Cespedes who it sounds like will be traded this off season, Allen Craig (owed 34 Mil over next 3 years coming off bad year), Victorino (is he healthy?), Bogaerts (Red Sox brass say he is the Shortstop and Hanley is the Left Fielder) and youngsters Brock Holt and Mookie Betts. This lineup should be a house of horrors for opposing teams pitching staffs.
Now it’s all about the Starting Pitcher staff for the Red Sox to address. Quietly right before free agency started the Sox resigned their closer Uehara to a 2 year deal to keep their bullpen in tact. However the Sox rotation has to add two big pieces. Clay Buchholz coming off a disastrous 2014 has to bounce back in 2015. Saying he is a big question mark for next year is under statement. Joe Kelly (John Lackey trade with St.Louis) can be solid as a back of the rotation option. But Boston needs two prime time starting pitchers to front this rotation. Continue reading Red Sox Land Panda & Hanley, Now Need SP!
The Mets strayed away from their recent pattern of drafting high school position players in the first round the past three years by drafting a college player — Michael Conforto. Conforto is an outfielder who is known as possibly the best hitter in the draft. Unlike the last three Mets first rounders, Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and Dominic Smith, Conforto is someone who should be ready in a couple of years for the Mets, who could be challenging for the World Series at this point.
The Mets also got great value from Conforto at the tenth position. Not only does Conforto play a position of weakness for the Mets, but according to ESPN’s prospect analyst Keith Law, Conforto was a projected top three draft selection. Conforto is not quite a great outfielder yet, and does not have a great arm, but he is already a polished hitter. Conforto hit .345 with 56 RBIs in 203 at bats for Oregon State this year, his junior season. He also will fit into the Mets system nicely. This is because the Mets have a hitting philosophy which is based on being patient, and Conforto drew a single-season school record of 55 walks. Continue reading Draft Reaction: Mets take Michael Conforto at number ten
2014 will be an historical year for MLB revenue as it is quite possible revenues will hit 9 Billion dollars. That’s Billion with a B folks. Last year 2013 was a record breaking year by MLB breaking 8 Billion dollars. This year will be another huge jump. What is amazing is this is not the economy of the booming mid to late 90’s. But like many forms of entertainment business is booming.
Back in the day when I was growing up teams use to focus on attendance and getting people to the ballpark as a main source of income. Well times have changed. MLB with their national TV contracts with ESPN, FOX and TBS bring in 1.5 Billion combined from those 3 networks with their recent deals. Those revenues in baseball are split evenly among the 30 clubs so that’s 50 Million dollars per club per year. In addition MLB has grown their Digital Rights arm of the business substantial over the last number of years. This brought in 620 Million worth of revenue in 2012. That’s a little over 20 Million per club per year (again these revenues shared equally among the clubs) and I am sure there was an increase in 2013.
Then I get into new local TV deals among the clubs and business is thriving there as well. Some teams like the Mets and Yankees own their own TV networks. Continue reading MLB Ticket Sales Low on the List of Revenue