Edward C. Becker will bid in the property. He is a creditor of the club, with claims that take precedence over everything but rent and taxes. He advanced Von der Ahe money and took certificates bearing 8 per cent. interest, and these obligations must be settled before the bondholders have any say in the matter. The arrangement by which Becker is to buy in the property was concluded in New York. Von der Ahe returned immediately after the League meeting, but Becker remained and had a conference with Brush, Soden, Robison and A.G. Spalding. Becker has completed satisfactory arrangements with them to buy in the club and transfer control of it to Robison, thus allowing the Cleveland Club to locate in St. Louis. Among the advertised assets of the association will be the National League franchise, under which the St. Louis Club is operated. In fact, that is about all there is to the Browns, and is the real bone of contention between Muckenfuss and Von der Ahe.
-Sporting Life, December 31, 1898
The plan for Becker to purchase the club and transfer it to Robison was decided upon immediately after the winter meeting and, based upon his statements, it's obvious that Muckenfuss was involved in the planning. The League had decided how it was going to resolve the St. Louis Muddle and it was just waiting for the courts to settle the ownership question so that it could move ahead with the transfer of the St. Louis League franchise to Becker and Robison.