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Marlins Morning News: Team President David Samson refuses comment on sale

Marlins team president David Samson chose to remain quiet on the reported sale of the Marlins, furthering the silence from Miami's front office. Plus notes on José Fernàndez, FanFest, and much more.

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Marlins News:

On Saturday during Marlins FanFest, team president David Samson did not confirm or deny reports that owner Jeffery Loria has a "handshake agreement" in place to sell the club for $1.6 billion. The deal is rumored to be led by a group close to wealthy New York City businessman Joshua Kushner, the son of real estate mogul Charles Kushner and brother of Jared Kushner, one of President Trump's key advisers.

At FanFest, Samson also discussed his team's search for a naming rights deal for Marlins Park and a new television contract with Fox Sports Florida.

Despite news of the reputed sale, fans remain optimistic about the team's future under possible new ownership, with one going as far to say he would, "throw a parade" if Loria sold the team.

The parents of the two men that were on Jose Fernandez's boat are suing his estate for $2 million each. Back in January, Fernàndez's mother filed a petition to gain control of her son's estate and assets.

Marlin Maniac's Sean Millerick ponders whether Marlins fans should expect a resurrection, rebuild, or both following the sale of the team.

Jeffrey Loria got pure profit for mishandling the Marlins, writes ESPN's Sam Miller.

Around the League:

In response to news of the Marlins' sale, their NL East rival, the Braves' stock soared, according to Mike Ozanian of Forbes.

Speaking of the Braves, fans have another reason to be happy as their team just traded with the Reds to acquire veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips. Cincinnati will receive left-hander Andrew McKirahan, and righty Carlos Portuondo in return from Atlanta.

On Sunday, the Rays reached a one-year, $2 million agreement with injured right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. The deal is a great birthday gift for the former Yankee, as he is turning 27 today.

Travis Wood is currently a free agent, but a few clubs don't want it to remain that way, as the Cubs, Padres, and two teams are reportedly all making pushes to sign the talented 30-year-old lefty. Wood won a World Series with the Cubs last season.

Alex Smolokoff of FanRag Sports asks whether the Red Sox have the MLB's best outfield.