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Will Cuban shake up Cubs?

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05:31 AM ET 10.13 | Mark Cuban appears to be the favorite in terms of the financial package he can offer to Sam Zell for the Tribune property that includes Wrigley Field, the Cubs, and broadcast entities, but his "maverick" style of ownership might be an issue among baseball owners and commissioner Bud Selig. With no salary cap in major league baseball, some owners might fear that a free-spending Cuban would ratchet up the marketplace. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, a powerful owner, is said not to be a big supporter. Already names are swirling as potential candidates for president or CEO. One is Stan Kasten, who by all accounts wants out of his CEO position with the Nationals, as he has clashed with the Lerner family, owners of the team. It would appear that, despite the disappointing end to the Cubs' season and given the likelihood that a deal is farther away from being done, general manager Jim Hendry (entering an option year) and manager Lou Piniella would not have to fret about losing their jobs for at least another year.

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