Derek Jeter’s ongoing pursuit to buy the Miami Marlins appears to have survived the recent dropout of partner Jeb Bush, as the former Yankees captain reportedly met Thursday in Manhattan with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and team president David Samson to discuss the next step.
The Miami Herald reported that Jeter still is trying to round up financial backers to come up with the $1.3 billion that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is asking for. Jeter intends to put up $25 million of his own money toward the sale but is seeking control of both the baseball and business operations. Tagg Romney, the son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, continues to be in the running but was not granted a sitdown with Manfred, according to the Herald, because Jeter is further along in the process.
Manfred has remained confident the Marlins will be sold at a figure somewhere close to Loria’s asking price and Jeter reportedly is the owner’s favored bidder, despite his so far unsuccessful efforts to raise the necessary money for the purchase.