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Report: Steve Cohen has top Dodgers bid, would hire Tony La Russa as club president

Mar 14, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

Tony La Russa AP

From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes this intriguing update on the looming sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers:

Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen emerged Wednesday as the strongest bidder to purchase the Dodgers, and plans to hire Tony La Russa to a key front-office position, according to two Major League Baseball officials familiar with the process but unauthorized to speak publicly.

La Russa has been looking to get back into baseball in a non-managing capacity since retiring from the Cardinals after winning the 2011 World Series. He has turned down a number of cushy job offers, including one from Major League Baseball to fill the executive role that was recently vacated by Joe Torre.

And now we probably know why La Russa is keeping his schedule so wide open.

Cohen, who founded Capital Advisors and is worth $8.3 billion according to Fortune Magazine, reportedly bid $1.6 billion for rights to the Dodgers. There are three other potential ownership groups still in the running, including one headed by Magic Johnson and veteran MLB and NBA executive Stan Kasten.

UPDATE, 10:04 PM: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is hearing that La Russa would be put in charge of baseball operations with longtime sports agent Arn Tellem serving as team president.

  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Will Tony be able to bring in his own bartender?

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Broke: Part of his contract calls for a wet bar with a personal bartender.
      He’s got it covered. Deservedly…a very sweet deal.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        Me thinks you have some inside info.

  2. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Too bad he’s not buying the mets. Oh well, at least the Dodgers are gonna get fixed.

  3. nflinla - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Dodgers moving back to Brooklyn if he buys the team.

  4. maddogg911 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Bring back mike piazza. Correct the dodger,s biggest mistake.

  5. gq2scoops - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Haha wrong…Trading Pedro Martinez str8 up for Delino DeShields is the worst Dodger trade ever!!! At least with the Piazza trade we got Sheffield back

  6. metalhead65 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    with tony in charge they will be officialy known as the Los Angeles Dodgers Whiney Bitches!

    • paperlions - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Pretty rich comment, considering that nearly every one of your comments on HBT is an incoherent litany of complaint

      • metalhead65 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        they are coherent enough for you to take the time to read them aren’t they?

      • paperlions - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        I find them amusing, yes. Their incoherence is part of their charm.

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        Ah, meathead must be morning drinking again – such an angry drunk….

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Look guys…Plastic Head is whinning about someone whinning. Again…Pot/Kettle.

  7. stex52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    I think I would give hard consideration as to whether I wanted to be GM or field manager in Tony’s organization. Talk about feeling someone’s hot breath on the back of your neck!

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Valid point Suzy. Tony isn’t exactly of the mold that lends itself to relinquising control. While I think he would be a valubale asset to the Organization…it would definately be tough to manage for him.

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