New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter is one step closer to buying the Miami Marlins. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that a group including a former partner of Jeter’s has dropped out, leaving only two groups vying for ownership.
“The Wayne Rothbaum-Jeb Bush group has dropped out of the bidding for the Miami Marlins, apparently leaving groups led by Miami businessman Jorge Mas and legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as the final two groups, sources told FanRag Sports,” Heyman wrote. “Marlins people didn’t seem especially worried about the development, as they believe they still have two viable groups in the bidding. Current Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria declined comment.”
Heyman also noted that “there is hope a deal can be completed within the next week or two, though that is not a certainty.”
Indeed, this was something that MLB wanted done before the All-Star Game, which was hosted by the Marlins. Obviously, the sooner the sale actually happens, the better it will be for Miami, who could then begin to plan the offseason out according to the new owner’s plans.
Until this sale is complete, this figures to be one of MLB’s main storylines, especially in a year with comparatively few competitive playoff races.