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Cuban No Longer In Running To Purchase Dodgers

Mark Cuban will not be the next owner of the Dodgers.

He was eliminated from the ownership sweepstakes on Friday, along with baseball executive and former agent Dennis Gilbert, according to two people familiar with the process.

At least eight bidders advanced to the second round.

Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, previously pursued the purchase of the Cubs and Rangers.

Via Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Begin Narrowing Ownership Bids

Ten potential ownership groups hoping to purchase the Dodgers have advanced to the second round of bidding, according to a source.

Through multiple sources, five groups are known to have advanced to the second round:

-- The group headed by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and largely funded by Guggenheim Partners chief executive officer Mark Walter.

-- The group headed by Steve Cohen, the billionaire hedge fund manager and founder of SAC Capital Advisors in Stamford, Conn.

-- The group headed by Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso, a group that also includes former Dodgers manager Joe Torre.

-- The group headed by Stanley Gold, the chief executive officer of Shamrock Holdings, a private investment company founded by the late Roy E. Disney, with several of Disney's surviving family members also involved in that group.

-- The group headed by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, which reportedly has discussed joining the Gold/Disney group but thus far hasn't done so.

Via Tony Jackson/ESPN.com

Dodgers Secretly Bid On Fielder

The Dodgers pushed hard behind the scenes in recent weeks to sign Prince Fielder.

For a while, the bankrupt club believed that they might have a chance to sign the free agent secretly. Their initial offer was a seven-year deal that included a four-year opt-out.

The Dodgers even flew to meet with Fielder at an undisclosed location before he signed with the Tigers this week.

The Nationals were also believed to be in on Fielder up until he agreed to join Detroit.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Kershaw Wins Spahn Award

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw accepted the Warren Spahn Award on Thursday night as the best left-handed pitcher in baseball, according to an ESPN.com report.

"It's the biggest trophy I've ever gotten," Kershaw said, laughing. "I don't know if I'll be able to carry it on the plane."

Via ESPN.com

Sources: 12 Groups Submit Dodgers Bids

About 12 groups submitted initial bids to purchase the Dodgers from Frank McCourt, according to several sources.

Among the most notable bidders were Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former YES Network CEO Leo Hindery, according to two sources.

One of the people also confirmed a Los Angeles Times report that Stan Kroenke was involved in the bidding. Kroenke already controls the St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, Arsenal of the English Premier League and Colorado Rapids of MLS.

Some of the other groups include former Lakers star Magic Johnson, former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and former agent Dennis Gilbert.

Via Associated Press

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