Hey, if you don’t ask for it, you’re never going to get it, right? SportsBusiness Journal reporting:
Mark Cuban and Jim Crane want payment of $2.65 million in legal fees and
other expenses stemming from their failed bankruptcy bid for the Texas
Rangers in August . . . Cuban and Crane argue that had they not been bidding, the team would
have brought $98 million less at auction than the $593 million price for
which the club was ultimately sold.
As always, I invite the bankruptcy experts among you (and I know there are a few) to weigh in here, but that sounds completely nuts. If the frustrated bidder in a bankruptcy auction gets paid like that, doesn’t it create a huge incentive for people to bid when they’re not truly interested in winning? Because, believe me, there’s fat built in to any figure for “legal fees and expenses.” Doesn’t it also artificially inflate the value of the subject of the bidding? Doesn’t it also take money out of the creditor’s pockets when banckruptcy is supposed to benefit them above all others?
Maybe this has happened before, but I kind of doubt it. It certainly makes Cuban and Crane look like a couple of vultures.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.