According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, MLB owners have approved the sale of the Padres to an investment group headed by San Diego businessman Ron Fowler. The sale was put to a vote today at MLB’s quarterly ownership meetings.
The sale price of the club ended up being $800 million, which includes a stake in the club’s television deal with FOX Sports San Diego. The new ownership group also includes former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, his sons Brian and Kevin, nephews Peter Seidler and Tom Seidler, and pro golfer Phil Mickelson.
Outgoing owner John Moores originally purchased his majority stake in the Padres in December of 1994 for $94 million. Today’s transfer of ownership comes after Jeff Moorad’s attempt to purchase the team for around $500 million fell apart earlier this year.
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.