It looks like the Dodgers are checking out another pitcher.
After negotiating exclusively with Fox Sports on a new TV deal to keep the team on its Prime Ticket network, the Dodgers have taken a meeting with Time Warner Cable, which wants the team on its SportsNet and Deportes channels. The news was first reported Thursday night by Los Angeles Times Dodger beat writer Bill Shaikin.
Fox Sports is still seen as the likely favorite to land the team. Not only does it already have a long relationship with the Dodgers, it is offering more than $6 billion for a 25-year deal. Fox Sports' current contract is up at the end of next season and will cost about $40 million. That would more than double in 2014 under the contract being discussed.
But Time Warner Cable, which shelled out more than $3 billion to snag the Lakers away from Fox Sports, also has a big bank account for sports rights. The Dodgers are at least curious to hear what Time Warner Cable has to say.