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.


Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.