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Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:57 pm
 

11 bidders for Dodgers revealed

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There are 11 groups that have advanced to the second round of bidding for the Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin has the entire list.

Here's Shaikin's list, taken from his story, with his notes on the bidders:
Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten: Could soon be joined by richest man in L.A., Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Rick Caruso/Joe Torre: Not out of the running in the Soon-Shiong sweepstakes.

Steven Cohen/Arn Tellem: Cohen about to invest $20 million in Mets, able to spend 75-100 times as much on Dodgers.

Stan Kroenke: Owner of NFL's St. Louis Rams could move L.A.'s football team back home.

Peter O'Malley: Former Dodgers owner backed by South Korean conglomerate E-Land.

Tony Ressler: Minority owner of Brewers has discussed partnership with O'Malley.

Leo Hindery/Tom Barrack: New York media executive has teamed with L.A. real estate investor and sportsman.

Stanley Gold/Disney family: That's the family of the late Roy Disney, Walt's nephew.

Jared Kushner: Publisher of New York Observer, son-in-law of Donald Trump.

Michael Heisley: Owner of NBA's Memphis Grizzlies hired Jerry West to run his team.

Alan Casden: USC Board of Trustees includes Dodgers bidders Casden, Caruso, Gold.
Shainkin writes that late bidders could still enter the field, but it appears to be set among this 11. Heisley, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies also bid on the Cubs and the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. The 75-year-old Chicago resident has said he'd be willing to sell the Grizzlies to a Memphis-based owner, but nobody has taken him up on it.

Shaikin has been the authority on the entire McCourt story and has just done amazing work. If you have the least bit of interest in the Dodgers' bidding and McCourt mess, he's a must-follow on the internet and on Twitter (@BillShaikin). I'm in awe of the work he's done on this story, as he's been ahead of the curve every step of the way and done some amazing reporting on the dollars, cents and sense of the entire story.

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Sorting through potential Dodgers bidders



By Matt Snyder


With the wildly unpopular Frank McCourt headed out the door, the Los Angeles Dodgers are for sale. Bids are actually due Monday and McCourt has agreed to make a decision by April 1.

Via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, here is a list of the prospective bidders:

Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten: Kasten has been president of the Braves and is the Nationals' current president. And we all know what Magic means to L.A.

Joe Torre/Rick Caruso: The former Dodgers manager and current vice president of the MLB heads up the group.

Steven Cohen/Arn Tellem: Cohen, a hedge fund manager, is one of the richest men in America while Tellem is a high-profile agent.

Mark Cuban: The Dallas Mavericks owner finally got his championship last NBA season, so maybe it's time to get an MLB team? Note that he's tried in the past -- most famously with the Cubs -- to buy a team. It's just that past reports have indicated Bud Selig and several other owners don't want Cuban to join their club.

Tom Barrack: Shaikin reports Barrack has owned a japanese baseball team and a french soccer team in the past.

Ron Burkle: While he can't match Cohen, Burkle is also a member of the Forbes 400, sporting an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion. He's a part owner of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Stanley Gold/Disney family: Gold is the president and CEO of Disney's private investment company. The Disney name doesn't really need any further explanation.

Peter O'Malley: The former Dodgers owner apparently wants back in.

Tony Ressler: He's an investor and minority owner of the Brewers.

Dennis Gilbert: The former agent lost out on the bidding for the Rangers.

Alan Casden: He's a self-made real estate developer in Beverly Hills, so that seems like a good fit. Shaikin reports, however, that "MLB wasn't comfortable" with Casden last time he placed a bid on the club.

Tom Golisano: He used to own the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.

Fred Claire: He was the GM of the Dodgers from 1987-1998.

Steve Garvey/Orel Hershiser: Baseball fans are obviously familiar with the Dodgers connection here.

Fox or Time Warner: We know the TV money is big, but Shaikin reports neither group really wants the team -- they just don't want the other side to buy the team. So each might bid. Try untangling that web of logic.

The Field: The bidding process is not public, so it wouldn't be a total shock of the eventual Dodgers owner was a group or person not on this list.

While it's hard to tell how this entire process will shake out, it has to be a relief to Major League Baseball and Dodgers fans that the next owner is simply going to be ABFM (Anyone But Frank McCourt).

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Stan Kasten frontrunner to helm Dodgers

By Evan Brunell

Jim Bowden, the ex-GM of the Nationals, reports that Stan Kasten is the frontrunner to run the Dodgers.

Kasten has an impressive baseball resume, running the Braves in their glory days before latching on with the Nationals as team president from 2006-10. Kasten was asked to step down from his position in Washington after clashing with the GM and ownership in a classic case of too many chefs in the kitchen.

Kasten's history is a bit checkered outside of baseball, as he rank the Hawks and Thrashers in addition to his duties as Atlanta president before he was requested to step down in 2003. Still, inside baseball, he has an excellent reputation and delegates baseball operations responsibility to the GM without much complaint. That will allow Ned Colletti a free hand to run baseball operations, although that isn't necessarily a good thing. 

Whether Kasten or someone else, who commissioner Bud Selig appoints to helm the Dodgers needs to have a rock-solid reputation especially in the face of the lifestyle owner Frank McCourt chose to live. In addition, Kasten's acumen in managing the business aspect of the Dodgers could come in handy in expected litigation by McCourt over the hostile takeover of his club.

It is unknown when the new representative will be appointed but it will likely come early next week.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 23, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Nationals president Stan Kasten to step down

Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports that Nationals president Stan Kasten will step down following the season.

There is currently no other information as to why, as Kasten told Heyman they would discuss the situation later. FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi did confirm the story, however, adding that Kasten is resigning "to take time away from the game for personal reasons."

Kasten has been the club's president since inception following the 2006 season. Prior to that, he was the youngest general manager in basketball history at the time when taking over the Atlanta Hawks in 1979, holding the position until 1990. Starting in 1986, he became president of the Hawks and Braves, adding the NHL's Thrashers to his resume upon expansion in 1999.

However, Kasten was asked to step down from all three positions in 2003.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Strasburg underground in recovery

Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg has gone from everywhere to nowhere -- shying away from everyone, including his pitching coach.

"[Strasburg] called me the other day when I was on the way to the ballpark. But I missed it, and when I went to call him back, he didn't answer again," Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told the Washington Post . "Maybe I should take a hint."

The Post 's Dave Sheinin has a good story on trying to get in touch with Strasburg for a story and the pitcher's quest for privacy.

Strasburg has traded texts with reliever Drew Storen, but that's about all the contact he's had with the Nationals since his season-ending surgery earlier this month. And it's fine with the Nationals.

"We had to tell ourselves he'd be back in 12 months, and now it's 11," team president Stan Kasten -- who hasn't talked to Strasburg, either -- said.

Anyway, it's a good read. It doesn't mean much, Strasburg doesn't need to be around the team during his rehab and it doesn't really matter if he's close to his teammates or not. But because of who he is, his recovery will be of interest to the media and fans.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:34 am
 

Zimmerman doesn't want Nats broken up


Ryan Zimmerman The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman knows the team isn't headed to the postseason in 2010, but he's hopeful the team doesn't look too far into the future and keep some of the pieces the team does have right now -- especially Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham.

Zimmerman is under contract through 2013, so it's understandable he'd like the others to stay. However, Dunn and Willingham are free agents after the season, so even not trading them will guarantee they stay in DC.

"We're so close," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "I mean, they know. Mike [Rizzo] and Stan [Katsen] are smart. They're one of the biggest reasons we're so much better this year. They drafted well. They traded well. They know what we need to do to win. I don't think either of them want to get rid of either of those guys. They understand what we have, and they're proud of the team we have."

The Nationals are 39-50 and hoping to avoid 100 losses for the third season in a row.

Both Willingham and Dunn have expressed a desire to stay with the Nationals, but Dunn may be wavering because of the Nationals' lack of communication on an extension.

Dunn is also the team's best trading piece, but there's no immediate replacement for Dunn's power production in the system.

The team's other trading piece is closer Matt Capps, signed to a one-year deal. Capps has 23 saves and in a market short on relievers, he could bring in more than his future worth, especially with Drew Storen ready to take over the closer's role and Tyler Clippard with cloer's stuff, as well.

Zimmerman, though, said he'd like to keep the team together and pal the rest of the season at full strength in order to stay below 100 losses and maybe entice free agents to come to Washington.

"I think this year is the first year where we can kind of see over the hump," Zimmerman said. "Next year -- I hate talking about next year already -- but next year we have a possibility to do a lot of damage."

The Nationals are clearly a team on the rise, but Dunn is 30 and may be looking to play for a winning team for once, in his 10 seasons, the only winning team he's played for is the 2008 Diamondbacks, a team that finished 82-80. Dunn joined the team in a trade after the deadline and failed to make the playoffs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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