Mariners owner may move team

August 24, 1991

Seattle Mariners owner Jeff Smulyan and his bankers have agreed that he will move the team out of Seattle after next season unless he finds substantial new financing.

In an internal bank credit document reviewed by the Seattle Times, bankers at Security Pacific Bank Washington say Smulyan's strategy is to put the team up for sale in November and move in time for the 1993 season.

Smulyan disputes that he has decided to move the team, but he concedes he accepted the bank's requirement that he sell or refinance the team next year. Rumors that the team would be moved have circulated for months. The agreement with the bank is the strongest indication that moving the team is an increasingly likely option.

Smulyan's bankers believe he will sell the team to repay the $39.5 million he owes them, the credit document says.

* ROSE: Pete Rose's connection to a Virginia developer whose company pleaded guilty in a gambling case was under scrutiny by his probation officer.

Rose, banned from baseball two years ago, has moved to Boca Raton, Fla., and has discussed the possibility of opening a steakhouse at Lighthouse Square Marina.

Under conditions of Rose's one-year probation for filing false income tax returns, he is not allowed to associate with any person convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.

Garcia has not been convicted of a felony. But in exchange for dismissal of gambling charges in 1989, his Big Wheel Inc. pleaded guilty to a felony count and paid the maximum $20,000 fine, said T.O. Rainey, the prosecutor in the Virginia case.

* METS: Dwight Gooden threw for 10 minutes and said the tightness in his right shoulder that forced from Thursday's game was gone.

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