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Jeb Bush reportedly no longer interested in buying the Marlins


For a good while the Jeb Bush-Derek Jeter ownership group had been thought to be the frontrunner to purchase the Miami Marlins. Now, if Derek Jeter is going to become a baseball owner, he’s going to have to do it without Jeb:

Jeb Bush has dropped out of the race for the Miami Marlins.

The ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor is no longer interested in buying the Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team, two people close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

The report is that Jeb was interested in acquiring a controlling interest in the Marlins but that he did not have enough money in the deal to make that happen. Of course, given that the club is expected to go for far north of $1 billion, it’s hard to see how any one person could reasonably assure themselves of a controlling interest. Given the prices we’re talking about here, the era of individual owners, as opposed to a large group of investors working from a board-of-directors model may very well be over. At least for new ownership groups.

Jeter is said to still be interested in purchasing the Marlins and is reportedly seeking new partners. In the meantime, the group consisting of Tagg Romney, Tom Glavine and Dave Stewart is said to have made a competitive bid to that of the Jeter-Bush group and may well be the new frontrunner.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.