There is still a chance a group led by Tagg Romney buys the Marlins from current owner Jeffrey Loria, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
It was reported earlier this week that a group featuring Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush had won the bidding, though commissioner Rob Manfred responded by saying several groups remain involved. There are several financial questions with regard to Jeter and Bush’s pursuit.
Jeter and Bush’s wealth investments combined still would require significant outside contributions, and Loria and Major League Baseball might get impatient. Based on the context of Manfred’s comments, it seems a sale will happen sooner rather than later.
Loria is reportedly seeking about $1.3 billion for the Miami-based franchise, and it seems regardless of which group makes the purchase, he will get close to that amount.
Loria has been fielding offers for the franchise the last few months and could sell the team before the start of 2018.