Managers of the Atlanta Braves said today the sale of the team to a company in Colorado should not affect any of the team’s staff or players.


The prospective owners at Liberty Media have declined to comment on the team’s future, but Manager Bobby Cox and General Manager John Schuerholz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they and the 25-member team should not be affected. Cox and Schuerholz are signed through 2007.


“The way I understand it, absolutely not,” Cox told the AJC. “I don’t know anything about it. I talked to John [Tuesday] about it.”


Schuerholz said he couldn’t say how the sale might affect the resigning of starting pitcher John Smoltz or centerfielder Andruw Jones.


“It would be folly for anybody to do that,” he told the AJC.


Time Warner and Liberty Media agreed to the terms of the sale on Monday, but it must be approved by 75 percent of baseball owners. According to the terms of the sale, Time Warner will give Liberty Media the Braves and $1 billion for a “huge block” of Time Warner stock that has long been held by the Colorado company.


Time Warner decided to sell the Braves in 2005, negotiating with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Ron Terwilliger, a local real estate executive. Last April, Time Warner began discussing exclusive negotiations with Liberty Media. The final approval process by baseball owners could take weeks or months.

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