Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is trying to become the owner of the Miami Marlins.
According to Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business, Jeter has expressed interest in bidding for the Miami Marlins and is one of three bidders for the team. The former shortstop is represented by Gregory Fleming, who is a former Morgan Stanley brokerage chief.
Former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush is another candidate to be the Marlins owner. He is backed by Citigroup. The third bidder is a group of businessmen who have backing from Goldman Sachs.
The Marlins are owned by Jeffrey Loria, who paid $158 million for the team in 2002. Under Loria, the Marlins have won one World Series title, in 2003 ironically against the Yankees, according to Christian Red of the New York Daily News. The price tag for buying the Marlins could be anywhere from $800,000 to $1.6 billion, according to the bidders.
It’s not a surprise that the former Yankee captain is trying to own a baseball team since he has indicated in the past that he would like to own a team.
“Yup, that’s the next goal,” he said in 2014. “Calling the shots, not answering to someone. I’d probably be a little bit more behind the scenes than The Boss. But I learned a lot of great things from him.”
In December he said, “I’ve made it very clear of ownership aspirations at some point. Who knows when that is, who knows if you get the opportunity. I hope I do,”
Jeter, who retired after the 2014 season after winning multiple World Series titles and being a future Hall of Famer, now has that opportunity with the Marlins. The Marlins were 71-91 last year and finished third in the NL East.
Now Derek if you don’t get the Marlins would you consider being a co-owner of the Yankees?