Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Marlins bidders add Pitbull, Michael Jordan

MIAMI — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the Marlins haven't decided the team's next owner and that all three bidders are essentially offering the same amount of money.

Manfred's comments, came after a 48-hour period in which Forbes reported that Miami businessman Jorge Mas and the Marlins have struck a deal for Mas to buy the team (which the Marlins and Mas denied), the New York Post reported that Derek Jeter is "closing in" on buying the team and a member of the Wayne Rothbaum/Tagg Romney group privately expressed confidence about their chances of buying the team.

Meanwhile, at least two of the groups are adding celebrity investors.

Former NBA star Michael Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, is a member of Jeter's group to buy the Marlins, according to the New York Post and ESPN. The Post said Jordan has "very little cash" invested in Jeter's bid.

Meanwhile, Armando Christian Perez, better known as Miami-based rapper Pitbull, announced he is joining the Rothbaum/Romney group, which also includes — among others— former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Shoney's CEO David Davoudpour and Marcus Lemonis, a Miami native now living in Chicago who is best known as the star of a CNBC business turn-around show The Profit.

Before he became globally famous, Perez served as an in-house DJ for the Marlins.

"As a homegrown 305 Miami-Dade County first-generation Cuban American, it is a true honor to be part of this visionary group," he said.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is seeking at least $1.2 billion for the team, according to reports.

Wrigley a site?

Manfred confirmed the Cubs are being considered for an upcoming All-Star Game, but stressed that several clubs are in the bidding process. The 2018 game will be in Washington, with the 2019 game in Cleveland. Manfred is looking at sites for 2020, 2021 and 2022 and may announce them all at once. The Cubs haven't hosted one since 1990.

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