Current Marlins owner Jeffery Loria announced on Friday that he will be selling the Miami Marlins to an investment group that includes Derek Jeter for $1.2 billion.
Derek Jeter, the former Yankee’s shortstop, and World Series winner has found himself back into baseball. However, this time, he’ll contribute as an owner. The Miami Marlins, who are currently 14.5 games back of the Washington Nationals, are ready for new management.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is finalizing an agreement to sell team to group including Derek Jeter for $1.2 billion. https://t.co/0y1yT5c1zw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 11, 2017
Although the Marlin’s didn’t have the spotlight entering this season, as a team that would dominate, and they haven’t, they do have a good team with young talent and plenty of potential. They have 5 hitters batting over .270. Stanton has now 40 home runs, and they have two others with 20 or more home runs. It’s safe to say that the main focus and concern for the Marlin’s moving forward would be boosting pitching and getting that ace. Dan Straily has the lowest ERA of 3.74 and Urena has the most wins at 10. Pitching is their weakness without a doubt.
Deal is expected to be voted on in September and finalized in October. @Marlins
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) August 12, 2017
We saw several years ago the effect of adding owners with one priority in mind, winning. When Magic Johnson and his team bought the Dodgers, things took off. Winning became the Dodgers’ only priority. The Marlins will have the same with someone like Derek Jeter in upper management. Jeter has 5 World Series rings with the Yankees. Marlin’s manager Don Mattingly already has a history with Jeter, as they were both a part of the Yankee’s organization back in the 90’s.
It will be interesting to see what the Marlin’s do to rebuild a team that is under-performing. Hopefully, Jeter and the rest of the new owners can turn the franchise around.