Lew Wolff, the owner of the Oakland A’s, spoke out this week against Frank McCourt, demanding that he finally sell the Dodgers.
“For the good of baseball, I sense that all of us would like to get the Dodger situation behind us for everybody’s benefit,” Wolff said. “My hope is that the Dodgers will be sold to a party that will restart this great franchise.”
And who is that “party that will restart this great franchise?” Wolff may have been referring to himself.
A source within MLB told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that MLB has discussed contracting the A’s and giving Wolff control of the Dodgers. And while the possibility of contraction was ruled out, the source made it clear that MLB may seek other ways to make Wolff the owner of the Dodgers.
Wolff’s comments come just days before a judge in Los Angeles will rule on the ownership of the Dodgers. On Friday, a judge will determine if the Dodgers are owned solely by Frank McCourt or deemed community property in the McCourt’s divorce. If community property, the McCourts will likely be forced to sell the Dodgers unless one side can purchase the other half.
And if the McCourts are finally forced to sell the Dodgers, look for MLB to find a way to transfer ownership to Wolff. As for the A’s, MLB would likely assume control as they look for a deep-pockets owner to instill some life into the franchise.
Hmmm? Mark Cuban has deep pockets.
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