AP source: Marlins plan to sell to group that includes Jeter

MIAMI (AP) – Derek Jeter wins again.

The Miami Marlins told Major League Baseball they intend to sign an agreement to sell the team to a group that includes the former New York Yankees captain, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

Jeter would be a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, said the person, who confirmed the Marlins’ plans to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not commented.

The Marlins’ months-long sale saga included many twists before owner Jeffrey Loria settled on the popular Jeter, who led the Yankees to five World Series championships before retiring after the 2014 season.

The person speaking on condition of anonymity said MLB was told Loria’s sale price will be about $1.2 billion to the group, which includes more than 10 entities.

Among them is Sherman, who will be the controlling owner, the person said. Sherman has spent much of his financial career in New York and has a home in Naples, Florida.

Jeter will be in charge of baseball operations, said the person, who added the Marlins told MLB they intended to sign the sale agreement Friday night.

“It will be an honor to play for a future Hall of Famer,” Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna said in Spanish after Friday night’s win over the Colorado Rockies. “Hopefully he will bring harmony and winning tradition we have been accustomed of him.”

The Jeter-Sherman group beat out two other groups that pursued the team in the final weeks of negotiations. One group was led by South Florida businessman Jorge Mas, and another included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who recently halted his pursuit of a deal.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said a month ago that all three groups offered about the same amount of money, but there were legal and financing issues that slowed the process. Jeter had trouble raising money as he sought additional investors.

MLB owners meet next week in Chicago. A sale requires approval of at least 75 percent of the major league clubs, and the approval process could take three to six months.

Marlins president David Samson declined to comment.

Loria, 76, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, who was part of a group that bought the Boston Red Sox.

Sherman is known for his philanthropic work and retired in 2009 as chief executive officer of Naples-based Private Capital Management.

Jeter, 43, retired after 20 seasons as the Yankees’ shortstop. A 14-time All-Star, Jeter lives in Tampa and has long talked of his desire to own a franchise. He has no front office experience.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who also had a storied playing career with the Yankees, said he knew nothing about Jeter becoming a team owner, but predicted he would do well.

“Derek has been successful at everything he’s tried to do,” Mattingly said before Friday night’s game. “What Derek’s been able to do with his career, who he is as a person, there’s nothing in there that leads you to believe that he’s not going to be successful with really whatever he wants to do.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said it would be good to get Jeter back in the sport.

“I think Derek Jeter needs to be in the game – that’s the main thing,” Black said. “A player like Jeter and what he meant to his generation of players in that era that he played, and now to continue in the game, I think it’s wonderful.”

Now the question is whether Jeter can help the Marlins win.

The value of the Marlins has climbed dramatically even though they haven’t been to the postseason since 2003, the longest current drought in the National League, and are likely to miss the playoffs again this year. They were last in the NL in attendance 11 of the past 12 years despite a 2012 move to Marlins Park.

Loria is perhaps baseball’s most unpopular owner. He has long been criticized in South Florida for his frugal ways and for the ballpark deal, which was heavily subsidized with public money.

His decision to sell the team became public in February, and Jeter’s interest became public in April.

At the start of spring training, Samson said a “confluence of events” prompted Loria to put the franchise on the market. The owner was close to pitcher Jose Fernandez and badly shaken by the young ace’s death in a boat crash last September.

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AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York and AP freelance writers Chris Stock and Santos Perez in Miami contributed to this report.

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Report: Mas to bid ‘around $1.17 billion’ for Marlins

Despite wanting $1.3 billion for his baseball team, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria could be taking a bit less.

Fox Business reports Miami businessman Jorge Mas has the “inside track” for the team with a bid around $1.17 billion.

Major League Baseball had hoped to seal a deal to sell the Marlins by tomorrow night’s All-Star Game at Marlins Park.

Derek Jeter and Tagg Romney, son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, were considered to be early front runners to be the team’s new owners.

But despite reports that the Yankees legend had failed to come up with the necessary funds and that Romney had dropped out of the bidding, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that all three bidders have met Loria’s asking price.

It is not known if Loria has dropped his asking price or if bidders have met the $1.3 billion the current owner desires.

#BreakingNews – billionaire Jorge Mas has inside track on @Marlins sale his bid around $1.17b not a done deal – sources more @FoxBusiness

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) July 10, 2017

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Marlins’ Volquez follows no-hitter with 7 scoreless innings

Edinson Volquez followed his no-hitter by pitching seven scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night.

Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two while winning his third straight start. He helped the Marlins win for the ninth time in 12 games and raised his career record to 4-0 against the Pirates, a team he pitched for in 2013.

Volquez has allowed only one run in 22 innings during his streak, including a no-hitter last Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first of his 13-year career. He was winless in his first nine starts after being signed to a two-year, $22-million contract in the offseason to help fill the void left by the death of ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident last September.

Derek Dietrich and Christian Yelich both had three hits, including two doubles, for the Marlins and J.T. Realmuto and Tyler Moore added two hits each.

Volquez’s bid to become the second pitcher in baseball history to throw back-to-back no-hitters ended just two batters into Thursday night’s game when Josh Harrison had a bunt single down the third-base line.

Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters, doing so in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

Harrison doubled in the sixth to end a string of 12 straight batters retired by Volquez.

The Pirates, who lost their third straight, avoided a shutout in the ninth inning when Josh Bell had a run-scoring groundout.

Gerrit Cole (3-6) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings as his struggles continued. He is 1-2 with a 10.73 ERA in his four starts, giving up 23 runs and 39 hits in 19 1/3 innings.

Dietrich capped a three-run first inning with a two-run double. The Marlins chased Cole in the fifth with five consecutive two-out singles that produced three runs and increased the lead to 7-0.

WHO’S THE CLOSER?

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasn’t ready to say whether Tony Watson will remain the closer after the left-hander blew ninth-inning leads both Tuesday and Wednesday in losses at Baltimore. Watson has allowed multiple earned runs in five of last 10 appearances, raising his ERA to 4.44 from 1.92.

BULLPEN SHUFFLE

The Pirates recalled right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis. Righty Johnny Barbato was optioned to the same club.

Neverauskas became the first Lithuanian-born pitcher to appear in a major league game April 24 when he worked one inning against the Chicago Cubs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (right shoulder bursitis) made his first rehab start Thursday since going on the DL on May 17, pitching four innings for high Class A Jupiter and giving up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. . LHP Justin Nicolino (left finger contusion) is scheduled to make a rehab start June 13 for a team to be determined then rejoin the rotation.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (testicular cancer) will have his next step determined Friday. Taillon made his third rehab start Wednesday, pitching six innings for Indianapolis and allowing five runs.

UP NEXT

Marlins RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 6.59 ERA) will pitch Friday night against Pirates rookie RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-5, 6.97). Worley has worked just a combined 12 2/3 innings in his three starts since being called up May 20 from Triple-A New Orleans. Glasnow has lost his last two outings, allowing nine runs in 10 innings.

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Marlins’ Volquez throws historic no-hitter versus Arizona

Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins pitched a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.

Before Saturday, there had been 295 no-hitters in Major League Baseball history, but none since April of 2016.

Keywords: Before Saturday.

Volquez tossed the sixth no-no in Marlins history on Saturday, leading the Fish to a 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Volquez actually got hurt in the first inning covering first base and nearly came out of the game. He stayed in and tossed the first gem for the Marlins since Henderson Alvarez in 2013.

The most recent Marlins’ no-hitter was Sept. 29, 2013, by Henderson Alvarez against the Detroit Tigers. The last time the Diamondbacks were no-hit also came against the Marlins — by Anibal Sanchez on Sept. 6, 2006.

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs had MLB’s most recent no-hitter, on April 21, 2016.

 

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Giancarlo Stanton becomes Marlins all-time RBI leader, Miami tops D-Backs 7-5

Giancarlo Stanton matched a career high by scoring three times, and his 15th home run of the season put Miami ahead for good as the Marlins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Friday night.

Justin Bour and Christian Yelich each hit two-run homers in the first for Miami, which improved to 6-2 on this homestand. J.T. Realmuto had two hits and scored twice for the Marlins.

Stanton’s solo homer in the fifth was his 579th career RBI, breaking a tie with Mike Lowell for the Marlins’ all-time lead.

Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs for Arizona.

Chris Iannetta also homered and David Peralta scored twice for the Diamondbacks, whose three-game win streak was snapped.

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