Jeb Bush has been trying to acquire the Miami Marlins for a while now, and the group he heads now has a new member, Armando Christian Peréz. Or, as he’s famously known, Miami-based rapper Pitbull.
According to Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald, Pitbull “is joining the investment group that includes the former Florida governor, a CNBC star, and the son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.”
“Yes, he is part of the group,” Peréz spokesman Tom Muzquiz said. He declined to elaborate.
Bush and Co. are currently battling against Miami business owner Jorge Mas to land the MLB team. The group hopes that adding a local celebrity of Pitbull’s caliber will help tip the balance of the scales in its favor.
Perhaps it’s not surprising this news of Pitbull joining Bush’s group comes one day after the rapper performed at MLB’s Home Run Derby Monday night in Miami.
This isn’t the first time this group has attempted to use star power to aid its bid for the Marlins. Derek Jeter was a part of the effort until recently, when the marriage dissolved.