J. Moores turns to bank to sell Padres

San Diego Padres owner John Moores has hired banking giant Goldman Sachs to search for a potential buyer as he goes through a divorce from his wife, Becky.

"I have been told that, because these are difficult economic times, I should be prepared for a wide range of interest and offers," Moores said in an e-mail yesterday to the Associated Press. "Needless to say, San Diego is a very attractive place to own a baseball team," he said.


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The owner didn't say what percentage of the team would be up for sale.


The Moores reportedly own 90 percent of the team. Because of community property laws in California, Becky Moores shares 50 percent of that asset and must agree to any sale.

The Padres are going through a salary dump in large part because of the divorce. They're trying to pare their player payroll from about $72 million last year to about $40 million this year. San Diego, which lost 99 games last year, has tried unsuccessfully to trade ace Jake Peavy, who is due $11 million in 2009. San Diego shed $6.5 million by trading shortstop Khalil Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals and pulled a $4 million offer to all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman.

Phillies: : Jamie Moyer agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract that keeps the left-hander, 46, with the World Series champions. Philadelphia also confirmed it has a preliminary agreement with Chan Ho Park, a one-year contract worth $2.5 million. And on a busy day of franchise news, All-Star second baseman Chase Utley said he is recovering well from hip surgery and hopes to be ready for Opening Day.

Moyer, a former Oriole, went 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts last season and pitched six strong innings as the Phillies won Game 3 of the World Series. He is 35-21 with a 4.33 ERA in 74 starts since the Phillies acquired him from Seattle in August 2006, and the Souderton, Pa., native has 246 career wins.

"I'm sure if you ask Jamie, he'll say that he will play out a few more contracts," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday. "I know on paper it probably says this is his last contract, but it will be fun to see how it plays out."

Park was quoted by the Korea Times as saying the Phillies considered him a starter, but Amaro declined to say whether Park will compete for a starting spot or pitch in relief. Park, 35, went 4-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 54 appearances for the Dodgers last season, going 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts.

Athletics: : Oakland has offered free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal a four-year, $40 million contract, reported, citing multiple sources. A few other teams have expressed interest in the injury-prone Furcal, who hit .357 in 36 games last season for the Dodgers.

Bonds: : Home run king Barry Bonds, who did not play for a major league team last season and faces multiple federal charges of lying to a grand jury, told Saturday that he's not hanging it up.


"I'm not retiring," said Bonds, 44, outside a Los Angeles restaurant. "I am not retiring."

World Baseball Classic: : Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka were among seven major leaguers named to the list of 34 candidates for defending champion Japan's team for next year's event.

Manager Tatsunori Hara said the major leaguers on the roster are: Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda; Takashi Saito, a longtime Dodger who is currently a free agent; Mariners catcher Kenji Jojima; Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura; and Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.

Et cetera: : Reliever Alan Embree was guaranteed $2.25 million in his one-year contract with the Rockies. The deal contains a $3 million team option for 2010 with a $250,000 buyout. ... The Tigers finalized a one-year contract with shortstop Adam Everett worth about $1 million. ... The Astros and outfielder Jason Michaels agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract.