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Robinson could be GM or manager of the Expos

Red Sox, Marlins sales launch owners’ musical chairs moves

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NEW YORK — Frank Robinson could wind up as manager or general manager of the Montreal Expos as part of baseball's musical chairs of owners.

Teams probably will vote Wednesday to approve the proposed $660 million sale of the Boston Red Sox to a group headed by current Florida Marlins owner John Henry, a high-ranking baseball official said Monday on the condition of anonymity.

At the same time, owners are likely to approve a $150 million sale of the Marlins from Henry to Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Expos, the official said.

Loria wants to take current Expos manager Jeff Torborg and his staff with him to Florida, the official said, and the office of commissioner Bud Selig would run the Expos.

Robinson, hired by Cleveland in 1975 as baseball's first black manager, is baseball's vice president in charge of discipline. He could be asked to serve as Montreal's manager or GM, the official said.

"That would be attractive. I would be willing to listen. No one has approached me yet," said Robinson, a Hall of Famer and two-time MVP. "I never turn a deaf ear to anything in baseball."

In other contraction and labor related news Monday:

Selig issued an unprecedented invitation to players' association head Donald Fehr to address the owners' meeting on Thursday.

Donald Watkins, who wants to buy the Minnesota Twins, called team president Jerry Bell to start the process of obtaining the Twins' financial records and to set up a meeting with team owner Carl Pohlad.

New York lawyer Miles Prentice, who wants to buy the Red Sox, increased his offer to $755, $90 million more than the bid the team accepted from Henry's group. Cablevision Systems Corp. chairman Charles Dolan upped his bid to $750 million, $50 million more than the offered the Red Sox rejected Sunday.

Loria wants to move the Marlins' spring training camp from Melbourne, Fla., to Jupiter, Fla., and move the Expos' camp from Jupiter to Melbourne, the baseball official said. Both the Marlins and Expos declined comment.