Citing concerns over team finances (amid information released during the McCourt family divorce trial proceedings), Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, Bud Selig, have assumed operational control over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
To do so, Selig invoked a special (and seemingly limitless) clause from the MLB agreement which allows him to perform any action deemed in the best interest of the game of baseball.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has already claimed that he'll sue over losing control of his team.
Certainly there are legal and ethical issues to be debated here, but thats's a topic for another day. For now, Major League Baseball is running the Dodgers.
MLB has previously assumed control of the Montreal Expos and the Texas Rangers in recent years. They felt forced to step in here before any more damage could be done to one of their marquee organizations.
Eventually, MLB will probably have to find new owners for the team. But with that situation still in flux, they only needed to appoint a financial monitor for the time being.
To fill that role, Selig has turned to former Texas Rangers Preisdent Tom Schieffer.
Schieffer will serve as a delegator and financial advisor. Current general manager Ned Colletti will continue to make personnel decisions, though he'll be under stricter budgetary constraints.
With that in mind let's take a look at moves the Dodgers can make, and even some they can't, whilst under the watchful eye of Schieffer and Major League Baseball.