Major League Baseball does not oppose involvement of private financing for a proposed $440 million stadium in Washington, D.C., for the Nationals, but is standing firm on the...

Share story

Major League Baseball does not oppose involvement of private financing for a proposed $440 million stadium in Washington, D.C., for the Nationals, but is standing firm on the Dec. 31 deadline to have the ballpark package in place.

“I told them we’d try to help them find private financing,” Bob DuPuy, MLB president and chief operating officer, said yesterday. “As long as the money’s there with the same assurances as public financing, we don’t care.”

DuPuy said no baseball officials will be involved in today’s meeting in Washington between Mayor Anthony Williams and D.C. council chair Linda Cropp. They will meet in an attempt to save the move of the Expos from Montreal to Washington. Williams is expected to offer a compromise to Cropp that includes private and government financing, plus a guarantee for MLB.

Most Read Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

Cropp has suggested an extension past the Dec. 31 deadline. DuPuy rejected the idea.

Notes

• Free-agent outfielder Moises Alou, 38, escaped injury when his car hit a pothole and momentarily spun out of control Saturday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he lives in the offseason.

Alou hit 39 home runs for the Chicago Cubs last season.

• Outfielder David Dellucci agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.8 million deal to re-sign with Texas. The deal, which includes up to $700,000 in performance bonuses, is contingent on the 31-year-old Dellucci passing a physical.