Dodgers web musings: Does sale put Matt Kemp return in danger?
While everybody and his gardener seem to be putting a group together to bid on the Dodgers, what’s to become of the team in the interim?
Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown is not only concerned what the Dodgers might look like on opening day 2012, but that the ownership change could mean not re-signing star outfielder Matt Kemp.
Brown doesn’t like the chances of Frank McCourt adding more debt to the team before heading out of town, but holds out hope after talking to a friend of McCourt:
"The friend told me McCourt still hopes to repair his relationship with Dodgers fans, in part by helping put the team together again, and that to leave the Dodgers short now would weigh on McCourt’s conscience."
Hmm. Some openings you just have to pass on …
Also on the web:
-- ESPN’s Buster Olney, however, said the assumption throughout baseball is whoever the new owner is, he will re-sign Kemp (Insider status required). Which is a good thing, because he doesn’t think much of the 2012 free-agent class.
-- ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson said MLB will sort through potential new owners before the bidding process, leaving McCourt pretty much his pick.
-- MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch likes the chances of Clayton Kershaw getting the N.L. Cy Young award.
-- The Register's Howard Cole is tired of the dire predictions of the team's post-ownership situation.
-- ESPN’s Jim Caple has his own list of potential new owners for the Dodgers. Alas, the Dilbeck Investment Group is not on it, but Brad Pitt is.
-- Good news for Jamey Carroll. CBS’ Scott Miller reports utility infielder Willlie Bloomquist has signed a two-year, $3.8-million deal with the Diamondbacks, which Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness fears signals a ridiculous baseball off-season.
-- ESPN/LA’s Arash Markazi said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who purchased Magic Johnson’s stake in the Lakers, has been approached by at least one group wanting to buy the Dodgers. Apparently he’s thinking about it.
-- Bloomberg’s Alan Sherman said Time-Warner is considering a bid on the Dodgers.
-- ESPN/Florida’s Tommy Rancel thinks the Rays could be interested in signing Jonathan Broxton. Hey, I just provide the links.
-- Evan Bladh of Opinion of Dave Kingman’s Performance, a brave man, tries to identify the positives in the McCourts’ ownership. He tries really hard.
-- 24/7 Wall Street lists seven other professional sports teams in danger of going bankrupt, none from MLB.
-- Steve Dilbeck