Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is in New York to meet with the principal owners of the Mets this week, according to a high-ranking baseball official.
Upon arriving Monday, Selig declined to discuss the financial affairs of Fred and Jeff Wilpon.
“Oh, I can’t comment on that,” Selig said.
The Wilpons made the surprising announcement Friday that they are willing to sell up to 25 percent of the team.
The Wilpons have been in settlement talks regarding a lawsuit filed last month by the special trustee in the Bernard Madoff fraud scandal. The lawsuit, sources said, seeks hundreds of millions of dollars from the Mets owners.
The Mets declined to comment on the interest from outside parties in the ownership stake.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son said any discussion of his potential interest in becoming a minority owner is premature.
“This was blown up way out of proportion,” Martin Luther King III said.
MARINERS SIGN WRIGHT
Issuing their 21st invitation to new-manager Eric Wedge’s first spring training, the Seattle Mariners signed veteran right-hander Jamey Wright to a minor league deal.
Wright, 36, appeared in 28 games with Seattle last season, going 0-1 with a 3.41 ERA.
DICKEY GETS DEAL
Knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey, who earned the major league minimum of $400,000 with the Mariners in 2008, agreed to a two-year, $7.8 million contract with the New York Mets.
Dickey, 36, who gets a $1 million signing bonus, went 11-9 with a 2.84 ERA last year.
The Mets also agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with outfielder Angel Pagan.
Reliever Rafael Betancourt agreed to a multiyear deal with Colorado that will pay $3.775 million this season, $4 million in 2012 and includes a mutual option for $4.24 million in 2013. Former Mariner Freddy Garcia and the Yankees reportedly reached agreement on a minor league deal. ... A source said the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Justin Duchscherer have agreed on a one-year deal. Right-hander Edinson Volquez and Cincinnati agreed to a one-year, $1,625,000 contract. Veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez agreed to a minor league deal with Atlanta.