Jeff Moorad may not be approved as the Padres owner

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This is unexpected. Jeffrey Moorad is the Chief Executive of the San Diego Padres.  Over the past couple of years he has been slowly buying a stake in the team from John Moores, the longtime owner.  This was all negotiated as part of the sale of the team to Moorad nearly three years ago.

Though he has run the team as defacto owner for some time now, Moorad was supposed to be formally approved as the team’s “control person” this week at the owners meetings, which would make him the official representative of the team in the eyes of the league.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported today, however, that Moorad’s approval was tabled and no vote will be held. No reason was given.  A few minutes ago Jon Heyman tweeted that he’s hearing that Moorad “wants out.” 

UPDATE: I screwed that up. Heyman’s tweet said Moores wants out, not Moorad. So that’s all consistent. It stands that, at the moment anyway, there’s some holdup on Moorad’s approval.  We’ll see what happens.

 

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.