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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

MIAMI — Throughout his life, Jorge Mas Santos has had a passion for Cuba, family, business and sports.

Now, as one of the wealthiest people in Miami and a serious contender to buy the Miami Marlins, Mas may be able to combine his interests in a way that would have an impact on baseball and, perhaps, the larger world of politics.

In Mas — who inherited his family’s business from his father, Jorge Mas Canosa, who died in 1997 — baseball sees a deep-pocketed investor with strong local roots. As a Cuban-American, Mas, 54, would also give Major League Baseball its second owner of Latino background. (Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels is Mexican-American.)

Bote Man Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: loria, marlins, team sales

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Marlins trade David Phelps to Mariners

The Marlins have traded reliever David Phelps to the Mariners, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Miami will receive four prospects in the deal, with outfielder Brayan Hernandez the main piece involved.

Seattle was known to be in talks to acquire a reliever late last night, with Phelps emerging as a candidate then. The 30-year old righty is one of a few relievers Miami were known to be shopping on the market, along with A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough, and is the first Marlin to be shipped out in a trade this month.

Phelps, 30, has pitched to a 3.45 ERA and 9.8 K/9 in 47 innings for the Marlins in his third season with the club. He’s earning $4.6 million this season and is under club control for the 2018 campaign before hitting free agency.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david phelps, mariners, marlins

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mas weighing options amid Marlins’ refusal to grant exclusive window

Miami businessman Jorge Mas is considering whether to continue a pursuit of the Miami Marlins because he and the team haven’t agreed on multiple key issues, according to a source close to Mas.

Though Mas has continued his pursuit of the Marlins in recent days, the source said Mas is now “weighing all options” in the wake of the Marlins’ continued unwillingness to give him an exclusive negotiating window.

Mas and the Marlins also haven’t been able to agree on a price. The Marlins want at least $1.2 billion, and Mas values the team under that.

Though reports have said Mas bid $1.17 billion, a source with direct knowledge said Mas hasn’t submitted a firm offer in that amount.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 03:59 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

The Brewers may be the most aggressive team pursuing Gray, who pitched three years for Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson at Vanderbilt. The Brewers, whose rebuild has suddenly been accelerated by their first-place status in the NL Central, not only have the prospects, but also a fiery owner wanting to land him….

The Astros, 62-30, actually may be the team that most needs Gray. Sure, they’ll cruise to the AL West title with or without him, but with the way the Astros have dominated this year, anything short of a World Series berth will be a disappointment.

The Astros would prefer to land Detroit Tigers All-Star Michael Fulmer, and likely would include No. 1 prospect Francis Martes for him, but they inquired, just like the Cubs, and came up empty. If Fulmer is traded, the Tigers say, it won’t be until this winter when everyone can make a bid.

The Astros realize that Gray is the ideal front-line starter in this market to make a run for their first World Series title in franchise history, giving them a dynamic rotation with All-Stars Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr.

Prediction: Gray goes to the Astros for starter Joe Musgrove, prized pitching prospect Forrest Whitley and outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez.


Friday, July 14, 2017

The Marlins are completely weird, but one day they’ll be a baseball powerhouse

The Marlins won, and they said “nope.” Then they won again, and they said, “Eh.” They got a brand new stadium, and they pretended like they weren’t going to say “nope” again, but then they said “NOPE,” all-caps. Those decisions might have made sense to the people making them at the time, but they led to some pretty thick scar tissue for anyone interested in Miami baseball.

That will change. New owners are coming in, with Derek Jeter fighting against Jeb Bush, unless they’re working together to stop Mitt Romney, unless that’s Tagg Romney, unless Michael Jordan is about to dunk on all of them, or form partnerships, or ... look, it’s a mess, but the larger point is that Jeffrey Loria is going to turn $158 million into about $1.5 billion. If you’re mad that a rich person gamed the system to get richer, oh, buddy, we’re going to be here for a while. Just let that part go.

The new owners, though, won’t have the patience to be weird. They won’t see the profit in punching their fans in the nose. That’s too much money to futz around. They’ll see the positives. The gift of a ballpark. A region that is looking forward to not getting punched in the nose. A huge, untapped market.

Being weird won’t be cost-effective, and you’ll get used to the Marlins. They’ll have ups and downs, just like every other team, but they’ll shed that identity. They’ll just be a team, one of the 30 in Major League Baseball. Maybe a little richer, even. This is the end of the roller coaster, and the Miami Marlins would like to offer you a nice, unremarkable carriage ride through the park. All it will take is a lot of time, and a lot of trust-building.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How five players on the awful 1999 Marlins made the team unforgettable

A Who’s Who of MLB Network analysts.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna blossoms into All-Star starter under continued mentorship of Barry Bonds - Sun Sentinel

“He was my project when I went there,” Bonds said Saturday in San Francisco. “[Loria] said, ‘He’s yours.’ I said, ‘I guarantee you he won’t get worse.’”

Bonds made good on that promise last year with his work with Ozuna, who made the 2016 All-Star team as a reserve. And Bonds has continued that mentorship from a distance this year, speaking regularly with the Marlins’ left fielder, who will start for the National League in the All-Star Game Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, marcell ozuna, marlins

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How five players on the awful 1999 Marlins made the team unforgettable

That ’99 team, despite its record, will be tough to ignore. You won’t just see members of the club in Marlins Park, you’ll see them plastered all over your TV. Five players from the team: Ryan Dempster, Cliff Floyd, Mike Lowell, Kevin Millar and Preston Wilson reunited, and work together as broadcasters with MLB Network today.

The 1999 Marlins may have failed on the field, but something memorable was happening in the clubhouse. Every day, a group of some of the loudest, wackiest and most rambunctious players in baseball were thrown together and forced to co-exist. The locker room was boisterous. The stories bordered on unbelievable. The 1999 Marlins were full of some of the biggest personalities in the game….

They also had a ridiculous amount of fun, creating unforgettable memories, some of which they are still hesitant to share today.

They were, in many ways, “the island of misfit ballplayers,” Wilson says.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Marlins Sold (and not a Jeter in sight)

After a long saga, Forbes reports that the Miami Marlins will finally have a new owner.

According to the outlet, Jorge Mas, the co-founder of MasTech, has bought the team from Jeffrey Loria for $1.17 billion.

the sale was JUST to Jeter’s left

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jetes, marlins

Now the Marlins Are Suing a Fan to Seize His $725,000 Building

I’m starting to think Jeffrey Loria might be a bad dude.

So how could Loria further embarrass Major League Baseball before the All-Star Game tomorrow? Well, here’s a hell of a good way: by taking a fan to court to try to seize his property.

That’s exactly what the Miami Marlins owner is doing, according to court records obtained by New Times. Loria’s team is suing a fan named Kenneth Sack in Broward County to take a $725,000 building he owns in Oakland Park — all as part of the same ugly dispute that has led the team to sue at least nine season ticketholders and luxury-suite owners since 2003.

It’s almost unheard-of for professional sports teams to sue their own fans. Going even further to ask a judge to seize a fan’s property is the sort of supremely petty move that only Loria’s regime could cook up.

“I don’t understand why Major League Baseball continues to allow Jeffrey Loria to behave like this,” says Daniel Rose, an attorney representing another former season ticketholder locked in a legal battle with the team. “At the end of the day, what is the motive to go after fans like this? It just shows their greed and a complete lack of respect for their fan base.”


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Heyman | Marlins Sale Moving Towards Finish Line

Sources say they still hope there’s a deal for at least a negotiating window by next Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The Jorge Mas group has the financing and is a threat to win the team, while the Tagg Romney-Wayne Rothbaum group is at least close and even the Derek Jeter group, which had been well behind, is said to have come up with close to $1 billion in backers and isn’t completely out of the running, according to a source close to the talks.

Mas is the wealthiest of the interested parties, so that could give him an inside track for the deal for the team, which is expected to come in at close to $1.2 billion, plus cash on hand to fund expected losses in the next couple years (the Marlins are said to be in line to lose as much as $70 million this year).

While there’s no proof any deadline has been set, it certainly seems that MLB believes it’s time for a change of ownership, and folks involved believe there will be more clarity by next Tuesday, or shortly thereafter.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, team sales

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JT Realmuto is baseballs most athletic catcher | MLB.com

Remember when we said that the Major League average Sprint Speed was 27 feet per second? Herrera was flying down the basepath at a scorching 29.8 feet per second, but thanks to Realmuto (and pitcher Edinson Volquez), he still couldn’t quite make it safely.

But if you look back to our top five fastest catchers list, you’ll notice something. They’re all young, with the 28-year-old d’Arnaud the elder statesman of the bunch. We talked about Realmuto playing shortstop in high school, and Barnes (second base, third base) and Contreras (left field) have each seen time at non-catching positions in their brief careers. Realmuto seems aware of how important youth can be behind the plate.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2017 at 03:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, marlins

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rays To Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria

The Rays and Marlins have agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (on Twitter). The Rays will send outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark to the Marlins in return. The Rays will pay the remainder of Hechavarria’s salary, according to Spencer.

Hechavarria, 27, has been out for more than a month due to a strained oblique muscle but is ready to return to the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adeiny hechaverria, marlins, rays

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jorge Mas To Offer $1.1 Billion For Miami Marlins

The latest bidder is Jorge Mas, as first reported by the Miami Herald. My sources tell me that Mas is going to offer somewhere close to $1.1 billion for the MLB team, $500 million less than the handshake agreement Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had in February to sell the franchise he bought for $158 million in 2002.

Bloomberg reported yesterday that Jeb Bush has joined forces with Tagg Romney and Wayne Rothbaum to make a bid of more than $1.1 billion for the Marlins. Bush and Derek Jeter had been part of a group trying to buy the Marlins for $1.3 billion but withdrew their bid at the end of last month when they couldn’t come up with the money. Romney’s group was also reportedly willing to pay $1.3 billion originally. But now the combined Romney-Bush group has chopped their price by $200 million—and they still don’t have the dough.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2017 at 04:42 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Friday, June 23, 2017

AP source: Jeter doesn’t have money needed to buy Marlins

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Derek Jeter told Major League Baseball on Thursday he doesn’t yet have the necessary money to buy the Miami Marlins and is still seeking help from other investors, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

The person described the status of the Marlins’ sale talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t discussing the negotiations publicly.

The person said Jeter, a 14-time All-Star shortstop, met with MLB and Marlins officials in New York and provided an update on his efforts to raise the needed money. The person said multiple other groups remain in the mix to purchase the team.

Jeter’s group bid about $1.3 billion to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria. A similar bid was submitted by a group led by Massachusetts businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Friday, June 16, 2017

Heyman | Could Marlins Consider Trading Stanton?

A $100 million offset? If that’s what’s needed, he will never be traded.

One rival GM says flatly that the record contracts means they are surely “stuck with it,” but several others suggest that a $100-million (or so) offset could be appropriate and make a trade work. One rival GM also suggested it’s possible the Marlins could even try to pair a much more cost-efficient player, such as J.T. Realmuto or Christian Yelich or Marcell Ozuna, with Stanton, to make accepting his contract more palatable for a taker.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2017 at 06:39 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New owner enters Marlins sale picture

While people involved with sale talks involving the Marlins continue to suggest that one of the two leading groups – the Derek Jeter group and the Tagg Romney-Tom Glavine group – are “most likely” to win the team through negotiation, sources suggest that at least one other viable prospect owner has entered the picture.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred this week suggested there could be a sale in place by the end of next month (and Marlins current higherups share that optimism, according to sources), but neither of the two leading teams seems ready to come to the table with the $1.3-billion asking price. (People close to the Marlins: current regime also continue to insist they expect to get close to that asking price, though it’s possible there could be accommodations made considering some of the financial commitments, including player contracts)....

Some who’ve seen the books call it a “mess.” (But fairly, those books do appear to bear out Marlins’ claims over the years that owner Jeffrey Loria has been writing a check many years, despite stories suggesting he is pocketing oodles of cash.)

Mess or not, the Marlins still are expected to get $1 billion plus no matter how it’s calculated, though perhaps some of the $1.3-billion asking price could be offset by accommodations for the team’s outstanding commitments.

The third viable owner is not known at this time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 01:02 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, sale

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Marlins’ Edinson Volquez no-hits D-backs | MLB.com

hen Edinson Volquez tangled with Rey Fuentes on a play at first base to open the game on Saturday, it appeared the veteran right-hander was headed for a short outing. Instead, the 33-year-old was on a collision course with destiny.

Volquez collected himself and went on to make history by tossing a no-hitter in the Marlins’ 3-0 victory over the D-backs at Marlins Park. The 98-pitch, 10-strikeout gem was the first “Maddux” no-no since Henderson Alvarez needed 99 pitches to get through his on Sept. 29, 2013. That was also the previous Marlins no-hitter, and the only other one in Marlins Park history.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2017 at 08:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, marlins, no hitters

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jeb Bush drops bid for Miami Marlins | Miami Herald

The source would not go as far as to say MLB would not allow Bush to be the control person under those circumstances, but said it had become a problematic issue in recent days. An MLB spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Jeter now would be the group’s “control” person, putting him in charge of all franchise decisions if he succeeds in buying the team, according to a source with direct knowledge.

An associate of Bush said he knew of no friction between Bush and Jeter but was aware that Jeter had interest in being the “control person,” a title Bush had wanted for himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:12 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Friday, May 19, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton says frustration level is “highest ever”

Giancarlo Stanton should be a happy man, what with a $325 million contract that sets him up for life.

But all that money—guaranteed to the decimal—isn’t putting a smile on his face. He is fed up with losing, and losing is all he’s ever known as a Marlin.

Before taking the field Thursday at Dodger Stadium, before the Marlins tossed another loss into the raging bonfire, Stanton said his frustration level is reaching new heights.

“It’s probably the highest ever,” Stanton said. “It’s higher than me being the worst player on the field for a month, the worst player in the big leagues for a month, last year.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jeter-Bush Have Cash-Raising Woes for Marlins Bid, Giving Romney Leg Up

Doug Hanks @doug_hanks
Untold story behind this: Bush people really don’t like the Romney people. Blame them for bad press.

But what might look good in theory is proving to be a difficult sale with potential investors, as many have declined an invitation to become silent partners of the Jeter-Bush team. Both Jeter and Bush are wealthy, but they are far from billionaires, and are planning to invest just $50 million combined, while raising money from outside investors, people with direct knowledge of the bidding process say.

That doesn’t mean the Jeter-Bush bid is dead. In fact, many people on Wall Street speculate that the duo’s investment banker, Gregory Fleming — a former senior executive at Morgan Stanley (MS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) — may now be looking to raise money from his vast network of contacts in China and Latin America, many of whom would be willing to put up significant sums of cash as silent investors, while allowing Jeter and Bush to run the team.

 

Bote Man Posted: May 13, 2017 at 07:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, jeb bush, marlins, mitt romney, team sales

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Shelby Miller trade that almost was

Some Arizona Diamondbacks people thought they nearly had Shelby Miller traded last year, and it was potentially a deal that would have bailed them at least partly out of one of the most-criticized trades of the last decade.

Sources say the old regime was in serious talks on a deal that would have sent Miller to the Marlins last summer for multiple young pitchers, with Luis Castillo and Jose Urena main pieces, and Dillon Peters and Austin Brice also believed to have been discussed. Some recall the talk centering on two of those pitchers, and others thought it could have been three or four.

However, the deal Dave Stewart and Co. were working on and appeared to some to be close was nixed by owner Ken Kendrick, according to sources. (Though a team source, without addressing the Kendrick role, says now, “It was never close.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 11:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, shelby miller

Monday, May 08, 2017

A-Rod reportedly passed on opportunity to oppose Derek Jeter in Marlins bidding

We could have had two prominent Republicans, each with their own former Yankee superstar, bidding against each other for the Marlins. Why can’t we have nice things?

Hank G. Posted: May 08, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, jeter, marlins

Monday, May 01, 2017

How Marlins sale must work: Creative deal, a Jeter fans have never seen | New York Post

Loria is in the kind of fiscal mess — with some in the game saying the team is $400 million in debt, with $75 million or more in possible losses this year and no ready avenues to borrow more money to finance the debt — that he will accept the fastest deal that meets his requests and he believes will be approved by the other owners.

Jeter’s group, which has bid $1.3 billion, is considered the front-runners and, as one involved person said, “Think how disappointed an already apathetic fan base will be if you think you are getting Jeter and end up with someone you have never heard of buying the team?” Nevertheless, there remained questions if Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush could line up the investors to reach a magic figure and — if they do — if a deal can be structured to the liking of both Loria and MLB.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

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