Buster Olney points out today in his latest (Insider required) that the increasingly high-profile bids on the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers should mean good things for the team's fans, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports the Disney family is now in on the bidding, and we have the MacDougal signing from earlier this week:
New Bidder for the Los Angeles Dodgers - Buster Olney (Insider)
"You wonder if the number is going to be close to $2 billion, or more, through the competition. There are not paper tigers in these groups; they are billionaires who expect to win and who are accustomed to winning. And all of this bodes well for Dodgers fans, because nobody is going to spend that kind of money to acquire this franchise and then let it rot with a modest payroll of $90 million (like the 2011 Dodgers)."
Disney family to bid for Dodgers, sources say - Bill Shaikin | LA Times
"The Disney name graced the last World Series champion in Southern California. The Disney name could grace the next World Series champion in town too, if Stanley Gold succeeds in his bid to buy the Dodgers. The family of the late Roy Disney has partnered with Gold, entrusting the man who runs the family investment firm to lead the charge for the Dodgers and try to restore prominent local ownership to the team."
Los Angeles Dodgers Re-Sign Mike MacDougal - MLB Daily Dish
"McDougal, who turns 35 in March, posted a 2.05 ERA across 57 innings of work with a 6.5 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 in his first season with the Dodgers last year. If there's one thing he can do, it's keep the ball on the ground as seen with a career 58.2% groundball rate. The former first-round pick has played with six different organizations, and four in the past three years."
Dodgers Re-Sign Mike MacDougal - True Blue LA
"The return of MacDougal means there are five locks for what will likely be a seven-man bullpen in 2012: Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Matt Guerrier, MacDougal, and Scott Elbert. Gurnick mentions Josh Lindblom as a likely bullpen candidate, but there is also Blake Hawksworth, who is out of options. If the Dodgers want a second southpaw in the pen to go with Elbert, the other left-handers invited to spring training are Michael Antonini, Alberto Castillo, Matt Chico, John Grabow, Wil Ledezma, and Scott Rice."
Dodgers Winter Development Program Gets Underway This Weekend - True Blue LA
"For the fifth straight year, the Dodgers will hold their Winter Development Program in Los Angeles, a program designed to help minor league players acclimate to major league life both on and off the field. The week-long program begins this weekend."
NL West Minor League Signings: Mike Jacobs, Josh Fields, Adam Thomas - MLB Daily Dish
"Like Fields, former Marlin pitcher Ryan Tucker will also join the Los Angeles Dodgers on a minor league pact, reports Kevin Goldstein. KG notes Tucker was once among the top farm hands in the Marlins system, but never developed a second pitch."