Two men known for losing in Florida may have interest in buying the Miami Marlins. Former New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and presidential candidate Jeb Bush are reportedly part of two different groups interested in bidding on the franchise, according to Fox Business.
There are allegedly three groups serious about making an offer for the Marlins, according to the report. One is led by Jeter, one is led by Bush and the other is cryptically made up of “a number of businessmen.”
It’s been rumored for months that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is willing to sell the team. In December, Loria was reportedly asking for $1.7 billion, which was far above where Forbes valued the franchise.
That figure isn’t looking so outlandish now, according to the Fox Business report. It mentions a “multibillion-dollar bidding war,” though later notes that the bidding “could range anywhere between $800 million and $1.6 billion.”
Since those rumors started, there’s been plenty of interest in the franchise. In February, a report surfaced that Loria had a “handshake agreement” to sell the team. A day later, there were rumors Joshua Kushner, brother of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, may have been involved with that group. Joshua Kushner backed out of the deal a few days later after it was revealed Trump might ask Loria to serve as an Ambassador to France.
As that last paragraph suggests, things have already been hectic regarding the sale of the team. That’s not likely to improve if Jeter or Bush are involved.
While those two names are enough to pique our interest, we have some questions about the anonymous third group. A “group of businessmen” could mean anyone is involved.
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