Jeter, Jeb Bush: Marlins Team Ownership Up for Grabs and They're Interested

Melba UnderwoodApr 08, 2017

With reports swirling this week that at least three separate groups may be bidding for the Marlins - one potential ownership group reportedly includes former Yankee captain Derek Jeter - Miami manager Don Mattingly walked the company line at Citi Field Friday when asked about Jeter possibly being his potential "Boss".

Current owner Jeffrey Loria has indicated a desire to sell the team since previous year, and Fox Business said a deal may be completed by the end of May.

Those involved in the bidding process have reportedly said the franchise's price tag could be anywhere from $800 million to $1.6 billion. Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is leading another group along with Citigroup.

According to the report, a possible bid has progressed to where talks are now ongoing between Jeter's representatives and Marlins president David Samson. Joshua Kushner is brother to Jared Kushner, who is husband to Ivanka Trump and one of president Donald Trump's most trusted advisers. The Marlins are the host team for the Mid-Summer Classic this season.

Fox Business also reports that a third group-which consists of several businessman-is in the mix, and that it has the financial backing of Goldman Sachs. The 14-time MLB All-Star retired from the Yankees in 2014 and has said it is his "ultimate aspiration" to own a professional sports team.

Still, as a baseball executive told Fox Business, "whoever has the most cash will get the deal". Who knows if you get the opportunity - I hope I do.

All these people could be part of some bigger ownership group or linked up with a billionaire who could afford an Major League Baseball team, but the story didn't mention any names that can actually afford a team. Jeter, who won five World Series championships with the Yankees during his career and has a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house in Tampa, Fla.

"I married him for better or for worse", Mrs. Weiss said. A spokeswoman for Romney said "Mitt Romney is not involved in an effort to buy the Marlins".

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