A federal bankruptcy judge has ordered the Texas Rangers and their angry creditors into mediation, delaying a hearing on the team's long-delayed sale.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn ruled Thursday that mediation will begin July 16.
He delayed until July 22 a hearing on whether to approve the Rangers' bankruptcy plan to pay creditors $75 million and sell the club to a group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and team president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg.
That hearing is just nine days before the July 31 non waiver trading deadline.
The Rangers are leading the American League West and have one of the best records in baseball. A pending sale could affect trade plans to stock up for a pennant run.