Rumors of the Marlins’ impending sale continue to flourish this spring. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that current owner Jeffrey Loria still wants to sell the team by the end of 2017, though he doesn’t look close to inking a deal with any one investor.
Loria had a “handshake agreement” in place with Joshua Kushner last month, but the arrangement was nixed when White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reportedly received approval to nominate Loria as ambassador to France. Kushner’s brother, Jared, issued a statement that said the family did not want an “unrelated transaction” like the acquisition of a professional baseball team to complicate matters for Loria, but added that they maintained their interest in the purchase and “would love to buy the Marlins at another time.”
Without Kushner, the Marlins are said to be entertaining offers from as many as six suitors, both local and out-of-state. Jackson adds that the interested buyers’ identities have been revealed to Major League Baseball. No terms of sale have been publicized yet. Loria was said to be seeking a figure around $1.6 billion in February.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.