MIAMI, Fla.–In light of the recently released news, it appears a group has reached an agreement to purchase the Miami Marlins. Among these group members are the former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush and recently retired and future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter. The Miami Herald reported that the current owner, Jeffrey Loria, has agreed to sell the team after the Jeter-Bush Group won the auction bid. According to a source from ESPN the agreed bid is for $1.3 billion.
Of course this is just the preliminary stages of the deal, meaning right now, it is nothing more than a verbal agreement. A written contract still needs to be drafted and then that contract would need to be approved by the MLB. The MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, has reportedly stated, “We have not accepted any bid yet for the Marlins.”
For Bush and Jeter, the notion of owning a Major League team has been a long time in the making. Jeter has always talked about owning a MLB franchise after retirement and Bush watched as his older brother, President George W. Bush, successfully owned and operated the Texas Rangers, so acquiring a team of his own has always been one of his goals. Although the deal has not been finalized, Marlin fans appear to be enthusiastic about the prospect and cannot help but wonder what kind of impact these two men could have on their franchise.