Miami Marlins owner Jeffery Loria
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Report: Jeffrey Loria considering selling the Marlins

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is willing to consider offers to sell the team.

Nothing is imminent, but Jackson says that “several suitors” have expressed interest in buying the team and that Loria, for the first time, is seriously considering selling. Jackson says $1.7 billion would get the deal done, but that strikes me as the “buy it now” price on eBay. The no-brainer price which seems way, way too high. The club may not sell for a lower price or may not seel at all, but the fact that Loria is considering it is notable.

Loria purchased a controlling stake in the Expos in 1999. In 2002 he orchestrated a deal in which he sold the Expos to Major League Baseball, who eventually moved the franchise to Washington D.C. Loria, in turn, purchased the Marlins from John Henry. He has owned the Marlins ever since, winning a World Series title in 2003. Since then, however, he and the Marlins have become far better known for futility, serial fire sales and aborted rebuilds with a revolving door of managers.

As a result of all of that, few baseball fans would shed a tear if Jeff Loria were to get out of the baseball business.

Nationals release Joe Nathan and Matt Albers

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At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.

Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.

This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.

This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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