We’ll be checking the Twitter and the interwebs for any and all news coming out of the owners meetings, which start today. If you see anything new, post it to the comments and we’ll add it to the post in short order.
- As expected, Jim Crane will be approved as the new owner of the Houston Astros. What’s not certain is the discount on the $680 million purchase price he’ll get for agreeing to move the franchise to the American League. SI’s Jon Heyman reports the discount at $50 million, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has it at $80 million.
- MLB Trade Rumors has an item from Joel Sherman of the New York Post indicating that Type B free agent compensation will be eliminated starting this offseason. Changes to Type A free agent compensation may start next offseason.
- CBA discussions appear to be ongoing, according to Fox Sports. The MLBPA has even postponed internal meetings to focus entirely on the CBA.
- According to the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the A’s are not pursuing oft-injured OF Grady Sizemore, citing their continued stance of not looking at free agents while the stadium issue is up in the air.
- Added 11/16 9:15 AM – Buster Olney (ESPN Insider req’d) again writes about the A’s being held hostage by the stadium situation, and an impending fire sale. [Sorry, I’m not an Insider so I didn’t read the full article either.]
- Added 11/16 10:35 AM – SI’s Jon Heyman reports that Crane’s discount will be $65 million, MLB owners paying $35 million and Drayton McLane paying $30 million. He also noted that there is some opposition from AL West clubs, but Crane will be approved regardless. Does this set a standard for compensation to the Giants?
- Added 11/16 6:35 PM – The Dodgers and Frank McCourt are suing TV rights holder Fox for allegedly trying to “interfere with the sale of the Dodgers and their assets in bankruptcy.” McCourt claims that not allowing bidding on a future TV contract could adversely affect the sale price of the franchise. Fox states that it holds an exclusive negotiating period starting next year for the next contract, and that McCourt’s attempt to sell the rights now is a breach of that agreement. MLB is staying neutral in the matter. This issue is not expected to delay the eventual sale of the Dodgers.
- Added 11/16 6:50 PM – ESPN reports that Jim Crane was, in fact, required to move the Astros to the American League as a condition of the franchise sale. Vote scheduled for Thursday morning.
- Added 11/16 10:50 PM – The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that Larry Baer was interviewed by baseball’s executive committee today, which sets up his approval as managing partner – er, “control person” – of the Giants.
- Added 11/17 9:40 AM – Two additional wild card teams have been added to the playoffs. Wild card teams in each league will probably play each other in a one-game playoff, with each winner playing the division winner with the best record.
- Added 11/17 11:00 AM – Jim Crane was unanimously approved as the new owner of the Houston Astros.
- Added 11/17 2:00 PM – Baer was approved as control person, meaning he represents the Giants at the owners meetings without having a controlling ownership stake. Baer is also CEO of the Giants.
Non-owners meeting link: SJSU Political Science professor and TV political analyst Larry Gerston has a short piece at NBC Bay Area about the debate over San Jose giving a land discount to the A’s, and the greater question of subsidies for private parties.
Another NOML: The Trib’s Angela Woodall reports that Oakland’s parcel tax Measure I, meant to replenish funding for city services, failed 62-38 via mail-in vote yesterday.
More as it comes.