MLB notes: Magic Johnson joins race to buy Dodgers

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles November 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)

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A pair of high-profile bidders plan to get involved in the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he'll join the bidding for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which could begin next week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Then former basketball star Magic Johnson told ESPN he is part of a group aiming to bid on the Dodgers.

"I'm a big baseball fan," Johnson told Buster Olney. "And you think about what the Dodgers have meant to baseball and to Los Angeles, and that part's a no-brainer ... I've been to (Dodger Stadium) hundreds and hundreds of times."

Johnson would serve as a president or vice-president on the business side, he told ESPN, and also use his appeal as an athlete in L.A. to recruit free agents.

The investment bank in charge of the sale is expected to provide prospective buyers financial data in a bid book.

Cuban previously said he was not interested in the Dodgers if the price went as high as $1 billion. That price was floated before Frank McCourt reached a settlement with MLB that would allow him to sell the team, but keep ownership of the parking lots at Dodger Stadium.

Cuban bid on the Rangers last season and had also pursued the Cubs, when that franchise was for sale.

VALENTINE AIMS TO LURE ORTIZ

New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is wasting no time getting to work, heading to the Dominican Republic to woo free agent David Ortiz.

Ortiz, who has spent the past nine seasons with the Red Sox, has told the Boston Herald and Boston Globe he has not made a decision on whether to accept the club's offer of arbitration. The deadline is next Wednesday.

Arbitration would be for a one-year deal, however, and Ortiz, 36, wants a multiyear deal. He made $12.5 million in 2011.

He has until Dec. 7 to make that decision, but the 36-year-old DH has reportedly been seeking more than a one-year contract.

Valentine was en route to the Dominican, where Ortiz is host of a charity golf tournament this weekend.

Ortiz hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBI last season.

Meanwhile, there is speculation in Boston that former Red Sox first baseman could join Valentine's coaching staff.

DODGERS SIGN LEFTY

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed pitcher Chris Capuano, 33, for the next two years.

The Dodgers announced the deal Friday for the lefty starter, which reportedly was worth $10 million with a mutual option for 2014.

Capuano went 11-12 with a 4.55 earned-run average for the New York Mets last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has a 57-64 record and 4.39 ERA in seven seasons, mostly as a starter.

His best year came in 2005, with the Milwaukee Brewers, when Capuano went 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA.

"Chris is an established major league starting pitcher who adds to our staff," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. Dave Magadan will remain with the team as hitting coach.

BRIEFLY

Wily Mo Pena, 29, is headed for Japan. The eight-year MLB veteran signed a two-year deal with the Fukuoka Softbank Hanks, the team announced Friday. Pena hit .204 with seven homers and 15 RBI in 39 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners last season ... The San Diego Padres have hired former Montreal Expos general manager Omar Minaya as senior vice-president of baseball operations. Minaya, 53, would serve in an adviser to new Padres GM Josh Byrnes and also return to his scouting roots ... The Houston Astros have signed infielder Diory Hernandez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Hernandez, 27, spent parts of the past three seasons with the Atlanta Braves ... The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Matt Pagnozzi to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Pagnozzi, 29, spent most of the 2011 season with Colorado's triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs ... New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera had surgery Friday to remove polyps from his vocal cords. His agent said the procedure went OK.


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