Major League Baseball keeps weeding out bidders for the Dodgers and now we are down to four, reports the L.A. Times:
- The Stan Kasten-Magic Johnson group;
- Hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen;
- St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke; and
- Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley and a financier named Tony Ressler, who is also a minority investor in the Milwaukee Brewers.
True fact: Steven Cohen’s real first name on his birth certificate is “Hedge Fund billionaire.” His parents truly believed in destiny, and in his case it worked.
Anyway, all of these bids have been reported to be seriously moneyed (i.e. not overly-leveraged like Frank McCourt), with some of them having close to a billion dollars in cash alone, with overall bids ranging between $1.3 and $1.6 billion, which would make the Dodgers the largest sports franchise sale in history.
Imagine what they’d be worth if Frank McCourt hadn’t chopped them into little pieces and drove the brand into the ground.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.