Major League Baseball, long a leading opponent to sports betting, is considering loosening its hard stance on the issue in the name of regulating a multibillion dollar industry that operates largely unchecked.
Such a change would represent a significant shift for MLB, which through its history has been wracked by a number of high-profile betting scandals involving players.
Most notably, MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose is banned for life from baseball for betting on games when he was a manager for the Reds in the 1980s. The topic resurfaced last year as Rose made his case for reinstatement, but was denied by Manfred.
Increasingly, though, professional sports leagues have dealt with the blurred lines of sports gambling with a rise in popularity of fantasy sports.
All indications are they wanted to keep Mark Melancon, who finished 2016 as Washington’s closer after coming over from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, but he signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants in December.
Around that time, the Nationals lost out to the Cubs in attempting to pry All-Star Wade Davis from the Royals in a trade.
Kenley Jansen then revealed that he was close to taking the Nationals’ four-year offer in December before the Dodgers upped the ante to five years, $80 million, compelling him to stay in L.A.
The Nationals even missed out on Davis’ predecessor with the Royals, Greg Holland, who missed all of 2016 after having Tommy John surgery. He signed with the Rockies last Cheap Jerseys Basketball week.