MIAMI — The Marlins will have a new owner in the “relatively near future,” according to commissioner Rob Manfred, who confirmed Tuesday that three bidding groups are vying for the franchise, with one reportedly headed by the superstar combo of Derek Jeter and potential new teammate Michael Jordan.
Manfred refused to go into detail about the three suitors, other than to say each seemed to be on equal footing financially and it would be up to the Marlins’ current owner, Jeffrey Loria, to choose between them. Earlier in this process, Jeter reportedly had difficulty raising enough cash to meet Loria’s $1.3-billion asking price, and then lost his initial partner when former Florida governor Jeb Bush bowed out.
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But Jeter has staged a comeback in recent days, and according to the New York Post, added Jordan to his group of investors, a team backed by Naples, Florida-based money manager Bruce Sherman. Jeter already has reportedly met with Manfred on at least one occasion about purchasing the Marlins, and the fact that he’s stayed alive in the bidding — despite the apparent struggle to come up with the money — suggests the former Yankees captain is likely the preferred choice to gain control of the Miami franchise.
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