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Friday, January 14, 2011
Miscellaneous Bullety Stuff
Things I'm too lazy to categorize right now but am happy to write up. Most of this is late, but I'm not especially worried about that now...
- Judge Gordon has signed off on the divorce decree as final, which of course only means the bell has sounded on Round One. Apparently MLB has at its disposal a number of weapons to dispense with the McCourts, though I tend to think it's almost unimaginable that they would do so short of some sort of catastrophe; look at Pittsburgh.
It is easy to see Frank’s loss on the MPA, followed by his recent New York roadshow, as sure indications he’s not long for the Dodgers. And maybe he’s not. But know this: Frank McCourt is a fighter. If Selig tries to block his attempts to raise cash through a TV deal or emergency funding, you can bet Frank will look to other methods. And if he can’t find any, he’ll look some more. And if he still can’t find them, he’ll ready himself for whatever battle might come his way.Lew Wolff, present-day owner of the Dodgers, shot down talk he might be interested in the Dodgers if the team came on the auction block.
- The Angels signed contracts with Alberto Callaspo (worth $2M for one year) and Jeff Mathis ($1.7M/1 year) to avoid arbitration. I guess Mathis might have been better than what was out there, I don't know; but the fact that he was flirting with a run at the being among the worst position players in baseball history with as many plate appearances as he has is significant.
- The A's came to the odd idea that they needed to give Grant Balfour a two-year, $8.1M deal.