Cohen Meets With Baseball Chiefs As Another Bidder Falls

Mar 13 2012 | 11:20am ET

Steven Cohen's got one fewer person to worry about in his quest to buy a baseball team.

Major League Baseball did not invite Beverly Hills real-estate developer Alan Casden to make a presentation to its commissioner and almost half its owners this week, eliminating him from the Los Angeles Dodgers sweepstakes, the Los Angeles Times reports. That leaves only six groups vying for the team, including one led by SAC's Cohen.

Cohen is widely seen as among three frontrunners for the team.

Cohen and his five remaining competitors got about a half-hour of facetime with Commissioner Bud Selig and baseball's executive council and ownership committee. The latter's chairman, Atlanta Braves Chairman Emeritus Bill Bartholomay, said that "they all made excellent presentations."

The meetings took place in Arizona, where the Dodgers are training for this year's baseball season. Cohen received a tour of the Dodgers' spring facility in Glendale during his visit.

Current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is set to select his successor by the beginning of next month.

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