And Jeff Moorad thought some of his contract negotiations took forever.
Six months and change after being hired to become the Diamondbacks’ chief executive officer, Moorad will soon — finally — assume that role.
Moorad’s appointment is expected to receive final approval by Major League Baseball this week, several sources with knowledge of the process said.
Moorad officially could take control of the D-Backs by the opening of spring training in Tucson on Thursday, although the announcement is more likely to occur on the weekend, the sources said.
Moorad, a former power agent who counted D-Backs outfielders Luis Gonzalez and Shawn Green among his All-Star stable of clients, was named chief executive officer-elect of the franchise on Aug. 6, when the ownership group headed by Ken Kendrick took control from franchise founder and managing general partner Jerry Colangelo.
Moorad was to become CEO on Jan. 1, when Colangelo was scheduled to retire.
But after Colangelo resigned unexpectedly Sept. 1, the timetable was moved up, with Moorad scheduled to assume his new duties Oct. 15, pending major league baseball approval.
Without that approval, Moorad, also a part owner, had been in limbo, unable to fully participate in the D-Backs’ busy offseason.
Commissioner Bud Selig, who has had his hands full this offseason with the sale of his Milwaukee franchise and now the ongoing steroid controversy, must approve any CEO change, according to baseball rules.
Efforts to reach Moorad were unsuccessful. D-Backs officials were unavailable for comment.
Moorad, a graduate of UCLA and Villanova Law School, began representing baseball players in 1983 and has negotiated deals for list of clients that included such All-Stars as Manny Ramirez, Mo Vaughn and Juan Gonzalez.
Somewhat lost in the background of the 2000 winter meetings where Alex Rodriguez signed his 10-year, $252 million contract with Texas, Moorad negotiated an eight-year, $160 million deal for Ramirez with the Boston Red Sox.
Moorad and D-Backs general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. go back to the franchise’s formative years, when the two negotiated a $10 million signing bonus for Travis Lee in 1996 and a $49.5 million contract extension with Matt Williams in 1997. Moorad also represented former D-Back Gregg Olson.