John Moores to try again to sell the Padres

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After his long-gestating sale of the Padres to Jeff Moorad went south, John Moores is trying again:

Padres majority owner John Moores has retained investment banker Steve Greenberg to broker a sale of the club, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Saturday … Moores previously sold the Padres in January 2009 for $525 million to Moorad, who had three to five years to complete the purchase.

Given the explosion in local TV rights revenues — the Padres are just now closing a 20-year, $1 billion TV deal — that delay in the sale probably made Moores $250 million more on the sale of the team than if the Moorad deal had been consummated.

Almost makes one wonder if the failure to approve Moorad was about his financing or if, rather, it was early-seller’s remorse.

Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four innings.

Eovaldi, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery in March to remove loose bodies in his elbow. It’s been a long road back. Knowing Eovaldi needed to recover from surgery, the Rays signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in 2017 that included a $2 million club option for 2018 that they exercised last November.

When Eovaldi last pitched, he ranked among baseball’s hardest throwers, particularly among starters. He averaged 97.1 MPH on his fastball in 2016. Among starters who racked up at least 100 innings that season, only the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard had a higher average velocity (97.9 MPH). It remains to be seen if he still has that velocity after undergoing two procedures on his elbow.

The Rays will be glad to have Eovaldi back. The club has sustained injuries to Jake Faria, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose De Leon.