NL West Notes: Padres, Gwynn, Rockies, La Russa

It's a good time to be a Dodgers fan with the club under brand new ownership and the team out to a 3-0 start after taking the first three of a four-game set with the Padres.  Here's more out of the National League West..

  • Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hopes to see Tony Gwynn to be involved with the next ownership group to take over the Padres.  Gwynn has not heard from any prospective Padres owners, but says that he would listen to what they had to say.  "That's something I would really consider," Gwynn said. "I love the Padre organization. I love what they represent. We really care about people in this town."
  • Tony La Russa was reportedly in line to be a key part of Stevie Cohen's failed bid to buy the Dodgers, and people close to La Russa say he is now itching to get back into the game with a team, writes Jon Heyman of  For now, La Russa is serving as an adviser/consultant to MLB and working on special projects.  Don't expect to see the skipper back with the Cardinals or with the Astros, whose GM is former Cards exec Jeff Luhnow.
  • With the additions of Marco Scutaro and Michael Cuddyer, Troy Renck of the Denver Post believes that the Rockies could possibly contend in a weak division.  Renck also notes that Colorado was arguably the most aggressive pursuer of Grady Sizemore and dodged a bullet as the outfielder will be sidelined until June with a back injury.

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