Jeter, Bush join forces in bid to buy Marlins

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has been trying to sell the team, which he bought for $158.5 million in 2002, since a year ago. Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, was part-owner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.

Fox Business Network reported earlier this month that Jeter was being represented in talks with the Marlins by former Morgan Stanley brokerage chief Gregory Fleming, who now owns his own investment banking firm. The primary competitor for the Bush-Jeter group appears to by NY financier Wayne Rothbaum, according to Hanks, though other groups could yet be involved in the pursuit. He said owner Jeffrey Loria, 76, might sell before the end of the season - or not at all.

"The ultimate goal is on the ownership side, but not right now", Jeter, 42, said in November. He is teaming up with them.

Derek Jeter isn't squaring off against the Bush family in his quest to buy the Miami Marlins.

Loria bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002. His final manager, Joe Girardi, recently predicted Jeter would make a great owner - even if it's in a city other than NY.

Derek Jeter has a new partner in his bid to buy the Miami Marlins: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. As a player, Jeter made about $266 million from the Yankees. In my mind he'll always be a Yankee. He was the state's governor from 1999 to 2007, and still lives there. "But I know how much he loves the game", Girardi said.

He's a NY icon, but Derek Jeter has apparently set his sights on a baseball future in Florida.

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