NL West Notes: Padres, Rockies, Wilson, Blake

Here are the latest rumors and notes on the division that featured the National League's two lowest-scoring offenses in 2011…

  • Jeff Moorad's purchase of the Padres hit an "unforeseen snag" and was not approved at today's MLB owners meetings, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today anticipated (Twitter link). Owners want more information on Moorad and some aren't convinced they want to admit him into their fraternity, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.
  • Moorad told the Associated Press that the delay won't affect the team's TV deal and a separate Padres source confirmed that to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (via Twitter).
  • Bud Selig told reporters that the Padres may not have to wait until May to get their new ownership approved as it could be done via conference call, Hayes tweets.
  • Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd confirmed to Troy Renck of the Denver Post that prospect Russell Wilson will pursue football full-time instead of reporting to Spring Training with the Rockies. Wilson, a star football player for Wisconsin, will have to surrender his baseball signing bonus, Renck reports. The 2010 fourth rounder posted a .229/.354/.356 line in 379 minor league plate appearances in Colorado's system.
  • Newly acquired third baseman Casey Blake attracted Colorado's interest by proving that he's now healthy heading into 2012, writes MLB.com's Thomas Harding.


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13 Comments on "NL West Notes: Padres, Rockies, Wilson, Blake"


Wek
3 years 6 months ago

Could the “unforeseen snag” be due to “John Moores of the Padres was the lone owner not to vote in favor of the commissioner’s extension, Heyman tweets.”?

Maybe Selig wants to get even now. You would think Moores voting no would make Selig want to get rid of him even faster.

AirmanSD
3 years 6 months ago

The vote for Bud came after the other owners decided to delay the sale of the Padres. It was his way of voicing his displeasure. But MLB has blocked the sale and new tv contract for the Padres this off season so I think Bud has given him enough reason to be upset.

3 years 6 months ago

MLB has done no such thing.  the decision has been delayed not blocked.  I believe the owners want to verify Moorads funding in light of the McCort fiasco.

3 years 6 months ago

Casey Blake and Seth Smith for Martin Prado. Done. Make it happen, Frank!

3 years 6 months ago

I thought Moorad has been the owner for like a year? If not who has been paying the padres payroll this whole time?

Runtime
3 years 6 months ago

This reminds me of when Jim Balsile tried to buy the Pheonix Coyotes…

Fishing Bill
3 years 6 months ago

Washing up in single-A ball and then running home is hardly “perusing football full time” as they put it. 

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Re: Russell Wilson – A dubious decision considering he’s a 5’11” QB.

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t believe Wilson would of had an impact in baseball, nor do I think he will have one in football. Having said that, don’t discredit his QB height too much, I mean there’s no way Drew Brees is taller than 5’11”.

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t believe Wilson would of had an impact in baseball, nor do I think he will have one in football. Having said that, don’t discredit his QB height too much, I mean there’s no way Drew Brees is taller than 5’11”.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Re: Russell Wilson – A dubious decision considering he’s a 5’11” QB.

slogar1
3 years 6 months ago

Not much of a NL West notes when you only talk about 2 of the 5 teams.

AngryFatMan
3 years 6 months ago


some aren’t convinced they want to admit him into their fraternity”

Could that mean that he’s against floating loans to the Wilponzis or that he voted against making Bud Selig Dictator for Life?