Update (10:37 PM EST): Via Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, Jared Kushner released a statement indicating the Kushners will not pursue purchasing the Marlins if Loria is named the ambassador to France.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was in the news last week as he reportedly had a handshake agreement to sell his team. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but a potential catalyst has been revealed. The New York Post is reporting that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has gotten a signoff for Loria to act as the ambassador to France.
The Post notes that Priebus, however, has tried to circumvent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in order to give these positions to Republican loyalists. State Department officials aren’t pleased with the way Priebus has handled the situation.
Loria donated $125,000 to President Trump shortly before the election, the Miami Herald reported. The person rumored to be in position to buy the Marlins is Charles Kushner. His son is Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and President Trump’s senior advisor.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.