Positive response from Padres regarding sale

Positive response from Padres regarding sale

ATLANTA -- Third baseman Chase Headley, currently the longest-tenured Padres' player, was pleased to hear the news Thursday that Major League Baseball approved the sale of the team.

"I think it is great news. We haven't had a chance to meet any of the new owners yet, but everything I've heard has been good," Headley said. "It's nice to have some stability and closure to this. I think it bodes well for the future."

The sale of the Padres from John Moores to the group led by the Seidler/O'Malley families and longtime San Diego businessman Ron Fowler was approved during baseball's quarterly meetings in Denver.

"It sounds very positive," said San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch, who is traveling with the team on this road trip. "Everything is headed in the right direction. We'll wait for further information."

Fowler is the club's new control person and will represent the organization at league meetings. Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley's son Kevin and nephew Peter Seidler will represent the family in a group that also includes professional golfer Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native.

"I think it's a great day for the Padres, a great day for the organization and a great day for the city," said Padres manager Bud Black. "I think the Seidler family, the O'Malley family, Ron Fowler, these guys who are coming onboard ... it's fantastic. It's the start of an era of new ownership. I think it's a great thing."

The Padres won't hold a news conference to announce the new ownership group until the final closing of the sale, which will occur on or before Aug. 31.

Headley took it as an encouraging sign that the new ownership group gave general manager Josh Byrnes approval to sign outfielder Carlos Quentin to a three-year deal worth $27 and closer Huston Street to a two-year deal for $14 million in July.

"It is very good news that they signed off on those big deals," said Headley, who made his debut with the team in 2007.