The sale of the Miami Marlins is finally complete. In a high-profile move Saturday, the Fish were sold for $1.2 billion to a group led by Derek Jeter. The sale comes months after Jeter initially failed to purchase the franchise while working with Jeb Bush. Early reports indicate Jeter will take on the role of CEO in Miami.
Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
Those poor Mets just can’t catch a break in the injury department. Jacob deGrom took a line drive off the right arm during his outing earlier this week, forcing the ace to exit the game early. The team does not believe the injury is severe, but deGrom’s next scheduled start remains up in the air.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is making an unfortunate move to the DL. The dynamic backstop is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a hamstring strain. Contreras was Chicago’s only catcher at the major league level, so Victor Caratini has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to handle things while Contreras is absent.
It’s starting to look like the Cardinals might never lose again. After Busch Stadium was graced with the presence of a “rally kitten,” the Cards won eight straight to move into a tie for first place in the NL Central with the Cubs. With the Brew Crew fading, it’s looking like a Cards-Cubs showdown for the division title. With that in mind, look for St. Louis to pick up some help, particularly at the plate, where they rank just 14th in runs per game.
Boy, did the Nationals ever get lucky here. Bryce Harper fell to the ground Saturday night after landing awkwardly on first base. Harper hyperextended his knee, resulting in a deep bone bruise that will sideline him indefinitely. The Nationals were quick to point out that the injury will not require surgery, and that no ligament or tendon damage was revealed. Harper’s absence is the last thing the Nationals needed, but they can take comfort in knowing that Harper will, in all likelihood, be ready for the postseason.