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Mark Cuban offered to buy Dodgers, remains interested

Nov 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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There’s still a belief that Mark Cuban wouldn’t be welcomed by Bud Selig in the club of MLB owners, but that didn’t stop him from offering to buy the Dodgers earlier this year.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Cuban inquired about the Dodgers “several months ago,” but that he declined to enter negotiations after Frank McCourt said the price tag would be in the range of $1-$1.2 billion.

“At that price, I wasn’t interested,” Cuban said Tuesday.

Cuban was involved in the bidding for the Cubs and was outbid for the Rangers as a minority partner with Jim Crane last year. While his previous talks with McCourt didn’t go anywhere, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bidding for the Dodgers again.

“At the right price, I’m interested,” he said. “Not if the price is over $1 billion.”

As we learned yesterday, McCourt is close to an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the Dodgers.

For what it’s worth, Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that McCourt would get “at least” $1 billion if he decides to sell the team and that suitors are “already lining up.”

UPDATE: According to Shaikin, a spokesman for McCourt denied Cuban’s claim that he offered to buy the Dodgers.

  1. benihanagt - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Mark Cuban, please buy the Mariners.

    • Panda Claus - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

      No, no, not Seattle. Not a big enough disaster yet.

      Mr. Cuban would probably find the price for the O’s much more to his liking, and if he likes a challenge, and we know he does, well Baltimore is just his cup of tea. Just please don’t move the team if you buy it.

  2. lazlosother - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    This would be good. I know MLB doesn’t want Cuban, but he would be a passionate owner who would insure that LA has a worthy organization with the Dodgers. And as we found out with George, a committed, if also entertaining and difficult owner can be well worth the headache received by MLB.

  3. scareduck - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Not. Happening.

    • bloodysock - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      I’m sure Bud had spoken to David Stern several times about Cuban.

  4. mrznyc - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    All this talk is very depressing – Won’t someone please buy the Mets – Anyone.

    • presidentmiraflores - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:45 PM

      I’ve got $5 on it.

  5. cur68 - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Talk about being high on my baseball wish list for 2012; Mark Cuban, owner if the Dodgers. That would be a nice change for Bud. Letting in an owner that has money, no legal troubles and has a history of putting great teams on the field of play. If those meddling windbags Angelos, Loria, McCourt and Wilpon can be let in, I see no reason an outspoken guy with a great record as a major sporting franchise owner can’t be.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:14 AM

      Worth noting that Cubes has had an SEC complaint filed against him with accusations of insider trading. Can’t remember if that went anywhere, though. Still think he’s the best man to own the Dodgers.

  6. Kyle - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    This would be awesome.

  7. Walk - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    My second favorite team will go from being the giants to whatever team cuban owns. That man builds winners. I am not just talking about on the field i am talking about the whole product buisness end to the field. Mlb needs him on the dodgers more than they seem to realise. That franchise is in for a lot of low budget low win teams if that does not happen.

  8. lgwelsh1 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    I can’t see why baseball would not Mark Cuban to own a team, This guy is a true sports fan and a great business man. He is young and has deep pockets and it’s safe to say he wouldn’t hesitate to spend the big money to put a winner on the field year in and year out.

  9. bsputnik - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Mr. Cuban, please leave the Dodgers behind and buy your hometown Pirates. Nutting would sell at the right price. Please, you are our only hope. Plenty of others can make the Dodgers successful. Only you can work for the Pirates.

  10. pellypell - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    With a name like Cuban, there is only one choice: Buy the Marlins.

  11. Ted - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    McCourt was deemed fit to be an owner, but Cuban is not? What’s wrong with this picture?

    • hep3 - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Answer: Bud Selig

  12. bobby105 - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    could Cuban please buy the Orioles?? please Mark save our baseball team!

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