Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Derek Jeter Reportedly Interested in Buying Marlins Despite Jeb Bush Backing Out

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 31 May, 2017, 00:51

Bush, whose brother - former president George W. Bush - used to own the Texas Rangers, became interested in purchasing the Marlins in April when he reportedly partnered with former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter to form a bid.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the parties involved aren't commenting publicly on the status of negotiations. He leads a group that includes Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine.

The potential sale of the Miami Marlins took a step back Tuesday with former Florida Gov. Last week, SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan tweeted that the Romney group had recently reached out to Jeter to try and persuade him to "dump" Bush.

That would be quite the return on investment for current owner Jeffrey Loria, who purchased the team for just more than $158 million in 2002.

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Jeb Bush has reportedly dropped out of the bidding for the Marlins.

Neither the Marlins nor Manfred would comment on reports of Bush's withdrawal.

Earlier this month, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the Romney and Bush groups had been relatively even in their price offers. "Hopefully, if former Governor Bush and Derek Jeter get this franchise, I think it'll be a good thing for this city and this entire community". Jeter's agent, Casey Close, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Sources said the Jeter-Bush group approached prospective buyers from other groups about joining forces with them.

Jeter, 42, lives in Tampa and has long talked of his desire to own a team.

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