Tom Hicks is selling his soccer team

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One highly-leveraged English Premier League for sale. Inquire to one Mr. Tom Hicks.

He’ll take cashier checks, but they must be made out to Chuck Greenberg and/or various creditors of the Texas Rangers.  Do not — repeat — do not make any checks out to Mr. Hicks personally.

Just spitballin’ here, but I wonder if the Rangers’ creditors will take an interest in the soccer team sale as satisfaction for their debts, thereby paving the way for the Rangers sale to go through.  Liverpool is leveraged, sure, but EPL teams are worth a ton of dough, and it may just be that all involved can shake out an extra $30 million or so to do it.

Plus: unlike Major League Baseball teams, my understanding is that creditors can take actual security interests in teams. So, crisis/opportunity is what I’m saying.

(thanks to Kevin Tooke for the heads up)

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.