Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has told MLB officials that he expects to make payroll next week, reports Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times. If he does make the May 31st payroll, it would avoid the prospect of MLB stepping in and seizing control of the team, at least temporarily.
Shaikin hears from a source that McCourt needs approximately $9.8MM to make payroll next week, and he could raise some of that money by "accelerating payments the Dodgers were due later this season." The team's payroll will rise next month when a $6MM deferred payment to Manny Ramirez must be made at the end of June. McCourt and his lawyers met with the league on Tuesday to again discuss a television deal with FOX that would infuse the team with some much needed cash.