An Alabama businessman has permission from Major League Baseball to talk to the
Minnesota Twins about buying the team, Twins President Jerry Bell said Thursday.
Donald Watkins can negotiate with the Twins even though he's doing the same
with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Bell said he was told by attorneys for baseball.
"I'm very excited about this development,'' Watkins said from
Montgomery. "The weather may be cold up there, but the reception has been
warm. Every hour, there's a stack of e-mails from Twins fans put on my desk.''
Bell revealed Watkins' clearance at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing
in Washington, where Bell was answering questions about contraction and
baseball's antitrust exemption.
Watkins said he'll call Bell at his Minneapolis office today to set up a
meeting. This weekend, Watkins said, he'll meet with his lawyer and tax and
investment advisers to get ready for that meeting.