The Padres sale hold-up is because of Jeff Moorad’s limited partners

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We saw last week that the final approval of the transfer of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad had hit a snag based on some financial consideration or other. At Forbes today, Mike Ozanian gets a little closer to the problem:

The sale of controlling interest of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad by John Moores has been delayed by Major League Baseball because the league is not convinced of the net worth of Moorad’s limited partners.

Ozanian says that the limited partners are being “put under the microscope.”

Like I said the other day, I suppose this is a good thing if it means that MLB is now taking the financial stability of its owners seriously in light of the Frank McCourt/Fred Wilpon debacles.  Still, it’s not like Moorad is new to the scene here, having been slowly taking over the Padres for a couple of years now.

Joey Votto: “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently.”

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We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.

Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”

Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.