Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on:
. . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at
the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the
potential for lasting damage to the league and its flagship West Coast
franchise. He has told those people he wants the Dodgers’ ownership
situation resolved long before his scheduled retirement in 2012.
The rest of the article is spent musing over what, if any, options Selig and Major League Baseball have to hasten the resolution of this mess. The answer seems to be “none.” He can’t force a sale because that would foment more litigation — probably from Frank — and could harm the value of the team even worse than it’s currently being harmed. He can’t intervene in the lawsuit even if the court would let him — which I doubt it would — because that would make things even messier.
I guess the only thing he can do is to make sure that he doesn’t allow someone to buy a baseball team on store credit again, thereby preventing this from repeating itself in the future. Because people with cash know how to deal with ugly litigation: they settle it. Quietly.
John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.
The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.
Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.
The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.
Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.