Everybody and their brother has now heard about Selig taking over the Dodgers, rather hastily some may claim. As most Dodger fans will say, no one really cares if Selig should or should not have done so. The Dodgers were one of the most storied franchises in the game, and Frank McCourt nearly destroyed the franchise. However, the team has a solid core of young players who need just a few more pieces before they can fully rise to the top.
Interestingly enough, those pieces may not necessarily be on the field. If you haven't figured it out by now, the piece I am talking about is the owner. Frank McCourt is basically out the door. Even though behind a paywall, Buster Olney feels that McCourt will not sue because of his shortness of cash and the history of the courts standing up for the league's decisions. That would seemingly lead to MLB's role being closer to that of which it had with the Rangers last year, eventually facilitating a sale, rather than the Expos of the 90s.
So now the discussion goes to who will be the next owner? It was reported that the Brewers owner, and Dennis Gilbert of the Chicago White Sox, could potentially be buyers. So far, however, the Brewer's owner Mark Attanasio has shot down any interest, as has the Athletic's owner and the Red Sox chairman. Who is left you may ask? Mark Cuban has not commented yet on the situation, Alec Gores had reportedly been interested in the past. Gores quickly shot down the rumor in January, but the story also listed an interesting person.... Joe Torre. Torre managed the team for the last few years before he retired and his protege with the Yankees is the current manager in LA. Torre would need to be part of a investment group to make it work, but it was always said Torre would one day want to be an owner.
Who else do you think will be interested? One thing the new owner will like to hear, both Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp went on the record today and said they want to remain in LA for the long term.