Jeter says there is 'nothing to report' on Marlins ownership bid
Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says there is nothing to report concerning a reported bid for him and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to buy the Miami Marlins.
Jeter and Bush are one of two groups that are vying to buy the team; the other is led by Tagg Romney, the son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But Jeter, who had his No. 2 jersey retired by the Yankees on Sunday, says there is no news concerning the group's bid, despite Bush saying he is optimistic they can close the deal and buy the team.
“There’s nothing to report on that, absolutely nothing. I think sometimes stories and people get ahead of themselves, and there was a story that got way ahead of themselves a few weeks back…If there’s something to report I’ll let you know,” Jeter said to the New York Daily News. “I like the approach, though, I may be retired, but I still know how people try to get you to (say things).”
Bloomberg reported last month that Jeter's group won the auction for the Marlins.
Major League Baseball wants any group bidding for the Marlins to show their cash up front, making sure any owner has enough equity to operate the team.
Jeffrey Loria bought the team in 2002 for $158 million with the current sale price being approximately $1.3 billion.
Forbes estimates the Marlins value at $940 million, which ranks 25th out of the 30 MLB teams.