Lost in the hullabaloo surrounding the Adeiny Hechavarria trade and the rumors swirling around further moves has been the fact that the team is still very much for sale. Late Thursday, we found out that current Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has moved a step closer to becoming former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
According to a variety of reports which have been neatly conglomerated by mlbtraderumors.com, Loria has dropped his asking price somewhat from $1.3 billion to somewhere between $1.25 billion and $1.1 billion, and is expected to make a decision soon. All three groups (the Rothbaum-Romney group, the Jeter group, and the Mas group) are still in the running. Sources close to the team indicate that Loria would like to get a deal done by the end of July.
Dee Gordon’s 21-year-old brother Nick Gordon has been selected to play in the Futures game at Marlins Park on July 9th. The younger Gordon is a shortstop and one of the top rated prospects in the Minnesota Twins’ minor league system. Also selected to play in the game were Marlins prospects Brian Anderson and Tayron Guerrero.
Fan voting officially closed last night and the 2017 All-Star roster will be revealed at 7 pm ET on Sunday night, just prior to Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. At last tally, Marcell Ozuna was holding down the third and final starting spot in the National League outfield bracket, with Giancarlo Stanton coming in at the sixth spot.
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The oldest pitcher in baseball was designated for assignment yesterday by the Atlanta Braves after his latest rough outing, but the 44-year-old Bartolo Colon may not be waiting around long for a job, as a reunion with his former team may be in the making.
From one of the oldest players to one of the youngest, Washington Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of yesterday’s ballgame and forced to leave. Turner was diagnosed with a broken wrist and will be out indefinitely.
More depressing injury news: New York Yankees rookie outfielder Dustin Fowler, making his major league debut, ruptured his patellar tendon in his right knee attempting to make a play in the first inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox. He would’ve taken his first at bat the following inning. There is no timetable for his return.
Turning to the uplifting portion of the article, Umpire John Tumpane, in Pittsburgh to man home plate for the Pirates/Rays game, saved a woman from jumping to her death from the Roberto Clemente bridge overlooking the Allegheny river.