MIAMI — Marlins president David Samson said a signed agreement has been submitted to Major League Baseball to sell the franchise to a group that includes former Yankees captain and Tampa resident Derek Jeter, and the team expects to close the deal in early October.
The MLB ownership committee will review the transaction Wednesday at an owners' meeting in Chicago, Samson said Saturday. He anticipates owners will approve the deal in September.
Jeter plans to be a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner. Jeter will be in charge of the business and baseball operations, Samson said.
The sculpture behind the centerfield wall at Marlins Park will likely be removed after the sale of the team is completed, FanRag Sports reported. The $2.5 million Red Grooms sculpture has been highly criticized since it was unveiled in 2012.
Nationals RF Bryce Harper, a leading NL MVP candidate, left the game against the Giants in the first inning with what appeared to be a serious left knee injury. Harper fell, clutching his knee, when he hit the first base bag awkwardly while trying to beat out a ground ball. He was helped off the field without putting any weight on his leg. There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury.
The Cardinals announced a Rally Cat Night promotion for their Sept. 10 game against the Pirates. A cat trotted on the field Wednesday with St. Louis trailing the Royals 5-4. Yadier Molina hit a grand slam on the next pitch.
. The Brewers and Mets agreed to a trade that will send 2B Neil Walker to Milwaukee, Fox Sports reported.
. The Yankees put RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. Also, New York LHP Jordan Montgomery is expected to start tonight after being hit in the head by a flyball during batting practice.
. The Rockies signed 1B Ryan Howard to a minor-league contract. Howard was released by the Braves in May.
. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is on the disabled list for the third time because of knee trouble.
. Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg, out since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement, is set to make a minor-league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac.