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Prospective Owners Submit Bids For Dodgers

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The deadline for prospective ownership groups to submit bids for the Dodgers was Monday, and the Dodgers received "more than 10" bids per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, who has covered this story from head to toe for well over two years.

Through Shaikin, Tony Jackson of ESPN LA and Molly Knight of ESPN The Magazine, we know the following groups have reportedly submitted bids for the team:

  • Magic Johnson & Stan Kasten
  • Joe Torre & Rick Caruso
  • Peter O'Malley
  • Mark Cuban
  • Steve Garvey & Orel Hershiser
  • Steven Cohen
  • Roy Disney's family & Stanley Gold
  • Dennis Gibert, Jason Reese, and Randy Wooster
  • Joshua Macciello

This is only the beginning of the process, as Shaikin noted, and opening bids might not necessarily be what they seem:

The opening bids are not binding. As a result, according to sports business consultant Marc Ganis, a prospective owner might offer more money now than he might realistically be willing to spend.

"You'd want to bid higher to make sure you get into the next round," Ganis said.

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Catching up on some Dodgers links for the past few days...

  • Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts undertook the ambitious process late last week of trying to create a viable team out of players who were valuable to both the Dodgers and another team, selecting one Dodger from every other major league team.
  • The rumors of Prince Fielder to the Dodgers don't seem to be going away, despite the long shot of the first baseman actually becoming a Dodger. Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness explored.
  • Albuquerque Isotopes beat writer Christopher Jackson caught up with Dodgers head of player development DeJon Watson - the piece is split into two parts, here and here - who discussed among other things Alex Castellanos playing second and third base in addition to the outfield.
  • Clayton Kershaw received his National League Cy Young Award on Saturday night in New York. Here is his acceptance speech: