Writers Bloc: Expos sale unlikely to have Disney ending


Updated: April 21, 2003, 9:57 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • The original asking price for the Anaheim Angels was some $300 million. When they were sold last week to Arturo Moreno, it was for considerably less than that: $180 million. That selling price, writes Eric Fisher of the Washington Times, could heavily influence how much new owners should pay Major League Baseball to take possession of the league-owned Expos. MLB paid $120 for the Expos and one must wonder if they are even worth two-thirds of that at this point.

  • It is against baseball's rules for players and executives under contract to announce a desire to work for a different organization. Conversely, it is against the rules for teams to let it be known they covet those under contract to a different franchise. There are no such rules governing reporters, however, and here is one who thinks that Giants general manager Brian Sabean would look good sitting behind a desk at Shea Stadium. Is that even a factor here, though? Lawrence Rocca of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that Sabean is working the 2003 season on a handshake deal and he suggests the Mets might make a big play for him after axing current GM Steve Phillips at the end of the season.

  • The Angels had their Rally Monkey and now their regional rivals the Dodgers are going to have a&Rally Donkey? T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times is running a contest to create a groundswell of support for just such a mascot.

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