The 'it doesn't economically make sense' comment caught my attention. Just how much is John Moores asking for to buy this team? Forbes valued the franchise at $458 million back in March, and although I would not be surprised to learn he's trying to sell the team for more than that how much more does he want? Is the team asking $750 Mil? $1 Billion? Some other amount even more obnoxious?
The Dodgers could fetch $2 billion because they have cachet. They are the team of Robinson, Koufax, Drysdale, and Scully. They have a storied, successful history. The Padres? We have Gwynn, Hoffman, Jones, and Joe Randa. They've been to 2 World Series in their history and won one game. Sorry - no one is going to pay an exorbitant price for a team that's been a doormat for most of its existence.
The other variable in this equation, the wild card, and the one that prompted this post, is the Jeff Moorad question. Near as I can tell his ownership group still controls 49% of the team. What do they plan to do with their shares? I see two options:
- They sell their stock in the Padres along with Moores and get completely out, recouping whatever money they can.
- They don't sell any of their stock in the Padres and remain as a minority owner.
He has absolutely no requirement to work with Moores to finalize the sale. It also makes you wonder if his side of the aisle is the one driving the price way up.
Moores only controls 51% of the team. Fifty-one percent of $500M is $255M. Heck, Phil Mickelson could buy the team himself for that price. Yet the Tull group left the bidding because the asking price doesn't economically make sense to them. That tells me Moorad's shares are for sale, and that the total asking price for the entire team is way up from what Moores agreed to sell it at in 2009, thanks to the $2B price the Dodgers sold for this spring.
This morning the Dave & Jeff show relayed a report from Ken Rosenthal that MLB expects to be ready to announce a winner by next Friday, which would finally bring this whole soap opera to a close. I prefer to spend my time looking at the product on the field, but I am looking forward to seeing who wins the bidding and how much they pay for this franchise.
Then, I'm looking forward to how they go about making the San Diego Padres the franchise we all want it to be: Competitive. Savvy. Successful.