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The future of the Dodgers has been thrown into doubt since a judge threw out a post-nuptial agreement between Frank and Jamie McCourt that would have given Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers. That makes the former Mrs. McCourt half-owner of the team.
Garvey, who recently fell short of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, did not disclose how much his group has offered for the team, or whether it would have a controlling interest, according to the report. He said he had "three to five" investors from the business and entertainment fields, but did not identify them.
Frank McCourt has said that he doesn't want to sell the team. But there is public pressure building because of the disarray the team has been in during the last two seasons. The divorce proceedings were a major distraction to running the ball club, and contributed to manager Joe Torre retiring from the job after last season.
Garvey said he would serve as the general managing partner if the bid were successful. "I think I know what it takes to put a winner on the field," he said, according to the report.
Frank McCourt's spokesman, Steve Sugerman, said McCourt wants to keep the team within his family.
"There are some great treasures out there that people would love to buy, the Dodgers among them. But, like the Mona Lisa and the Pacific Ocean, the Dodgers aren't for sale," Sugerman said, according to the report.
Dallas Mavericks owner owner Mark Cuban said a year ago that he might be interested in buying the Dodgers, having ben rebuffed in his attempts to buy the Chicago Cubs.