Dodgers players optimistic about imminent sale



GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers players said they were happy and relieved Wednesday about the pending sale of the team to an ownership group including former Lakers star Magic Johnson.

The deal to sell the franchise for a record $2 billion was revealed Tuesday night, just hours after Major League Baseball owners approved three finalists for an intended auction. Besides Johnson, the ownership group includes longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten.

Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner.

Players said they were relieved that the search for an owner had finally been resolved and that they were hopeful that the franchise can move forward amid newfound stability.