The Darwin Finches, who posted the league's best record in 2008 only to fall in the World Series, have placed the majority ownership of their club on the open market. GM and majority owner Scott Hatfield has indicated that in this poor economy he wants to diversify his investments, and so he has made his controlling interest in the ball club available.
Early indications are that an investment group headed by former Black Mesa GM Ryne O'Connor has the inside crack on acquiring the ballclub, having given early indications that they would keep the Eastern Division champs in the Northern Territories of Australia as a condition of the sale, pending approval from the Commissioner's Office.
Unknown, at this time, is whether or not the club will attempt to keep the pricey veterans in its nucleus to make another run at a world championship, or whether the team will begin transitioning to youth while attempting to remain competitive.
As for Hatfield, rumor has it that the former Delta and Darwin GM is looking for a new challenge and has been petitioning the league to consider expansion.