Frank McCourt’s lawyer: the $1.2B bid for the Dodgers is “a publicity stunt”

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As soon as that from-out-of-nowhere $1.2 billion offer for the Dodgers was reported, folks were skeptical about the motive and veracity of the bid. Add Frank McCourt to the skeptics. As Bill Shaikin reports, a recent court filing has his lawyers referring to the offer as a “publicity stunt,” saying that it was unsolicited and giving no suggestion that McCourt has responded to it in any way.  To the contrary, they say he has no intention to sell the Dodgers.

On some level I suppose this is better than the inference many drew: that McCourt was somehow complicit with the guy making the offer given that having a high value tied to the team would serve his purposes in various ways.  That’s a little on the conspiracy theory side of things, but nothing in the McCourt saga has played on the sensible side, so who knows?

Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like anyone is buying the Dodgers for $1.2 billion. At least not any time soon.

 

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.