Dodgers owner will not break bank

The Dodgers' sale to Frank McCourt is good news for the competitive balance of the division.

Updated: January 30, 2004, 9:17 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • There are second acts in life. There are second chances and, it seems, no setback is so great that it cannot be overcome. For those who wish to believe that line of reasoning, you are invited to read the piece on LaMarr Hoyt in today's Chicago Sun-Times. Hoyt fell on hard times when his arm went bad and he went from 20-game winner to jailbird. He long ago put his life back together and recently rejoined the White Sox organization, writes Doug Padilla.

  • If you were in a division with a team in one of the two largest markets on the continent, you'd be pretty happy too if that team decided to hold down its payroll. You'd also have to be happy if that team was just bought by a fellow whose resources are anything but bottomless. Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News writes that the sale of the Dodgers to Frank McCourt -- a rich guy by the standards of most of us but not by what it takes to fully fund a big league team -- is good news for the competitive balance of the division. Ringolsby's column also includes a lot of interesting tidbits, too.

  • In the wake of the injury to Aaron Boone, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is in a swapping mood. He proposes a number of trades the Yankees could make that would benefit the White Sox while getting New York the third baseman they desire.
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