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Mitt Romney’s investment firm considered buying the Marlins

But are they for sale?

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Solamere Capital, an investment firm run by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, discussed buying the Miami Marlins, according to Matt Viser of The Boston Globe.

Solamere Capital, a Boston-based firm that Mitt Romney has been closely associated with, over the past several weeks has shown increasing interest in owning the team.

But it appears the deal fell through.

Though the Marlins might often listen on offers to buy the team, the report is notable because Owner Jeffrey Loria has been hesitant to sell the team to interested parties in the past. There is no indication Loria is open to selling the Marlins at this point.

While Loria has been criticized for both his involvement in personnel decisions and unwillingness to increase Miami’s payroll, the Marlins were competitive in 2016. The payroll is expected to increase entering 2017 and there seems to be a more clearly defined internal structure since Don Mattingly was hired.