Jeter, Bush join forces in bid to buy Marlins

AP source Jeter Bush join forces in bid to buy Marlins

Jeter, Bush join forces in bid to buy Marlins

The Yankees great and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush have teamed up to bid for the Miami Marlins, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. They are competing against a NY financier named Wayne Rothbaum, manager of Quogue Capital, a source close to the situation said.

Forbes reported in February that there was a "handshake agreement" to sell the team to a real estate developer for $1.6 billion after team owner Jeffrey Loria mentioned getting $1.7 billion for the team in late 2016.

When Jeter, who lives in Tampa, retired after the 2014 season, he expressed interest in owning a baseball franchise.

"Derek Jeter's name probably comes up a lot, and you don't always know the validity of it, but I know he loves the game", Girardi said.

The two men initially bid separately to buy the franchise and have now joined their bids, with New York-based Wayne Rothbaum, the manager of Quogue Capital, their main competitor, according to the Herald.

The Associated Press is citing a person familiar with the partnership.

Bush of course is from a famed political family with his father and brother both serving as president.

Loria purchased the Marlins in 2002 for $158 million.

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