Dennis Gilbert was among the bidders when the Texas Rangers were up for sale this year, but he's not planning to pursue ownership of the state's other major-league franchise.
Asked Wednesday if he would attempt to buy the Houston Astros, Gilbert told FOXSports.com, “Not at this time.”
Astros chairman Drayton McLane announced earlier this month that he will sell the franchise, ending his 18-year stewardship.
“There’s not a finer gentleman in the game than Drayton McLane,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert was a prominent baseball agent before retiring in 1999. He is currently a special assistant to Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the co-founder of an insurance agency in Beverly Hills, Calif.
While pursuing the Rangers, Gilbert submitted a bid of more than $500 million. The group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan purchased the club for $593 million.
Gilbert is a season ticketholder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some in the industry view him as a potential Dodgers owner if that club goes up for sale. The Dodgers’ immediate future hinges on the outcome of the divorce case of Frank and Jamie McCourt. A ruling is expected soon.
-Jon Paul Morosi