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O'Malleys in talks to buy Padres

NEW YORK — Commissioner Bud Selig welcomes the possible purchase of the Padres by the O'Malley family.

John Moores put the team up for sale in April, a month after his agreement for a sale to Jeff Moorad collapsed.

The O'Malley family owned the Dodgers from 1950-98. Walter O'Malley moved the franchise from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after the 1957 season and eventually turned the team over to son Peter. Peter put together a group that was among the failed bidders for the Dodgers this year, when they sold for $2 billion.

"San Diego fans and the club deserve a good ownership, great ownership, and assuming this deal goes through — and it hasn't yet — so we'll have to wait a little bit, but it's great," Selig said Monday. "The O'Malley tradition is remarkable, going all the way back to Brooklyn and to Walter and on to Peter, and now you're getting the sons and the nephews involved. Plus the San Diego club's minority partners in the last deal were a very solid group and all San Diego people, which means a great deal to us, are all going to be involved."

The sale is being negotiated with a price around $800 million, the Associated Press reported.

The failed deal with Moorad had been valued at around $500 million. The new sale price is believed to reflect the $200 million in upfront money the club received as part of a $1.2 billion, 30-year deal with Fox Sports San Diego.

KEMP TO START REHAB: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp, out since May 31 with a left hamstring strain, said he'll begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Kemp said he hopes to return immediately after the All-Star break. He was batting .355 with a .444 on-base percentage and a .719 slugging percentage in 36 games when he was hurt.

WILLIS RETIRES: LHP Dontrelle Willis decided to retire following a rocky stretch with the Orioles' top farm club. Willis, 30, was the NL rookie of the year in 2003 with the Marlins and quickly became one of baseball's most popular players. But he has struggled since he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA seven years ago. He finishes a nine-year career 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA.

GATOR SIGNS: The Mariners signed first-round draft pick Mike Zunino, the University of Florida catcher who was taken third overall in June's amateur draft. Zunino won the Johnny Bench award as the top college catcher and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given to the top player in college.

GROUNDSKEEPER DIES: Longtime Brewers groundskeeper Jeff Adcock died after collapsing during Sunday's game. Adcock, 51, collapsed in the home bullpen and died at an area hospital.

ANNOUNCER RESTING: Rangers TV announcer Dave Barnett said he doesn't expect to return this season after an on-air incident in which he gave a rambling, incoherent description of a play. In other Rangers news, RHP Colby Lewis, on the disabled list since June 26 with tendinitis in his right forearm, said he expects to return immediately after the All-Star break.

ANGELS: All-Star CF Mike Trout was scratched from the starting lineup because of a bruised right pinky. X-rays were negative.

CARDINALS: 1B Lance Berkman, on the disabled list since May 20 after having surgery on a meniscus tear in his right knee, said he expects to return shortly after the All-Star break.

CUBS: 3B Ian Stewart is set to have exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist next week and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

ROCKIES: LHP Jeremy Guthrie, demoted to the bullpen in mid June, is scheduled to start Wednesday night.

YANKEES: RH reliever Joba Chamberlain, out all season with a dislocated right ankle sustained at a Tampa trampoline megaplex, said he is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday.

O'Malleys in talks to buy Padres 07/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 11:19pm]

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