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Dodgers Sale: Joe Torre, Rick Caruso Withdraws Bid Because Of Frank McCourt

The Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to move on from the Frank McCourt era. The sale of the Dodgers is going to hopefully purge the memories of the dirty ending to the last ownership, and move on quickly.

But it looks like it won't be easy to cut ties with him completely. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times filed this report.

Rick Caruso and former Dodgers manager Joe Torre have withdrawn a joint bid to buy the Dodgers, three people familiar with the sale process said Thursday.

Caruso cited owner Frank McCourt's refusal to include the Dodger Stadium parking lots in the sale, according to the people, who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the sale process.

Caruso could reenter the bidding if McCourt were to agree to sell the parking lots, the people said. McCourt has told people he has at least one bid in which the buyer would let him retain ownership of the parking lots.

The key here with all of this new news is McCourt won't be fully going away. He would under his preferred scenario still own the land around Dodger Stadium, including parking lots, and charge the new owner rent. He'll still be around even if he isn't in charge anymore.

So Dodgers fans might have to get used to the McCourt stench for just a little bit longer. Because it won't be that easy to get rid of him.

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