Former agent reportedly bidding to purchase Rangers.
According to at least one local report, former baseball agent Dennis Gilbert is heading up a group that has apparently submitted one of six bids to MLB for the purchase of the Rangers franchise. The report notes that Gilbert, with the assistance of consulting group Game Plan LLC, was in Dallas two months ago recruiting local investors to join the prospective ownership group.
One source, however, claims that Gilbert’s group is not considered a frontrunner among the suitors who have presented offers to the Commissioner thus far.
Among the ideas Gilbert would propose to implement if he were to own the club are the creation of a regional network to televise Rangers broadcasts and a baseball academy in Mexico featuring amateur players from Japan.
Gilbert, a former minor league outfielder in the Red Sox, Mets, and Royals systems, was probably the game’s preeminent agent before ceding that title to Scott Boras. Gilbert holds the distinction of establishing the richest contract in baseball history three times in a two-year period: Jose Canseco (1990, five years/$23.5 million), Bobby Bonilla (1991, five years/$29 million), and Barry Bonds (1992, six years, $43.75 million). Gilbert is now employed by the White Sox, as a Special Assistant to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
In other news: (1) Justin Smoak hit 18 home runs today in Team USA’s win over Australia (or maybe it was just his ninth bomb in the club’s 10 World Cup games); and (2) Kevin Millwood is set to take the mound for Texas, 4.1 innings away from locking in his $12 million contract for 2010. He’s been staked to at least a one-run lead.
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(c) Jamey Newberg