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Marlins Morning News: Mas still the man

Plus notes on Michael Jordan, Ken Rosenthal, and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Marlins News

Jorge Mas is still considered the heavy favorite to land the Marlins and may be closing in on a deal, according to the latest from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. People from Mas’ group and the Marlins themselves have both been consistent in denying an earlier report from Forbes that a deal had gone through, but Jorge Mas told Andy Slater of 940-WINZ during a radio interview that “we’re close.”

To further back that notion up, Jackson tells us in his column that investors from the other two rival groups — the groups headed by Derek Jeter and Tagg Romney/Wayne Rothbaum, respectively — have reached out to Mas in an last-minute attempt to join his bid.

NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordon has joined Derek Jeter’s attempt to purchase the Marlins. It is unknown at this time how much Jordon is kicking in to the effort.

Ken Rosenthal, long-time MLB insider who’s column was recently displaced from Fox Sports due to their desire to go all video, has (temporarily) moved his writing to Facebook, and his first entry was to address a spectacular trade rumor concerning the Marlins.

Picking up on those rumors that Rosenthal expanded upon, NESN reports that “multiple teams” are in on Giancarlo Stanton.

Around the League has a round-up of who they believe to be the “most likely MLB trade deadline candidates.”

Bleacher Report weighs in on the worst players of the first half. One former Marlin and one current Marlin make the dubious cut.

Despite current ownership suggesting otherwise, latest trade rumors are still very much Marlins-centric.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to introduce a pitch clock for the 2018 season.