ESPN has taken one of its Big 3 insiders off the board as Major League Baseball’s Hot Stove begins to burn.
MLB insider Jeff Passan is off the market, forgoing a free agency to re-sign with ESPN after receiving significant interest from several betting companies, The Post has learned.
Next, ESPN will try to ink insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Adam Schefter. Both have contracts that expire in the summer of 2022.
While ESPN has been in cost-saving mode, it has made exceptions. The hardworking Passan, who has the rare combination of a news breaker and a TV personality, fits the bill. He would have received a hefty pay raise.
ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro has a long history with Passan, having first hired him to a national spot when Pitaro ran Yahoo Sports. Passan, 41, left Yahoo for ESPN three years ago.
Passan attracted interest from gambling sites. Outlets like DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars, to name a few, look to sports content people as a way to lure gamblers to their platforms.