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Dodgers sale: Who's who in the bidding process

With opening bids due Monday, here is a look at the 15 individuals, groups or corporate entities publicly identified as prospective buyers.

January 22, 2012|By Bill Shaikin
  • Joe Torre is looking to go from the Dodgers' dugout to the owners' suite with the banker Warren Buffet trusts most.
Joe Torre is looking to go from the Dodgers' dugout to the owners'… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

Who's the front-runner in the Dodgers' ownership sweepstakes? It is impossible to say, since not all bidders have been identified publicly and mystery billionaires could be lurking. With opening bids due Monday, here's a look at prospective bidders who have been identified publicly:

Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten: Championships in L.A.: Magic 5, Dodgers 5.

Joe Torre/Rick Caruso: They're using money from banker most trusted by Warren Buffett.

Steven Cohen/Arn Tellem: Cohen could buy Dodgers for $2 billion, still have $6 billion in net worth.

Mark Cuban: Third time's the charm? He lost in bidding for Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.

Tom Barrack: L.A. investor's firm once owned teams in Japanese baseball, French soccer.

Ron Burkle: L.A. grocery magnate, co-owner of NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Stanley Gold/Disney family: No fears of periwinkle pinstripes. This is Disney family, not Disney Co.

Peter O'Malley: Former Dodgers owner has discussed partnership with Gold/Disney bid.

Tony Ressler: L.A. investor, minority owner in Milwaukee Brewers, married to actress Jami Gertz.

Dennis Gilbert: Agent-turned-baseball executive finished third behind Nolan Ryan, Mark Cuban for Rangers.

Alan Casden: MLB wasn't comfortable with L.A. developer last time he bid on Dodgers.

Tom Golisano: Former owner of NHL's Buffalo Sabres, reportedly dating Monica Seles.

Fred Claire: General manager last time Dodgers won World Series — 24 years ago.

Steve Garvey/Orel Hershiser: Links to glory days of Dodgers' last two champions.

Fox/Time Warner Cable: Neither one wants to buy team, but willing to buy part of Dodgers to make sure the other one doesn't.

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