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Derek Jeter and . . . Michael Jordan are closing in on purchasing the Miami Marlins

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We’ve long heard that Derek Jeter and his group of investors was the lead horse in the Miami Marlins Derby. Now the New York Post says that Jeter’s group is in the home stretch, having collected $1.2 billion which should enable it to purchase the franchise.

The Post also reports that one of Jeter’s minority investors is, well, a person you’ve heard of:

Interestingly, NBA great Michael Jordan is among a group of about 15 investors in the Jeter camp, sources said — although the ex-hoopster is said to be kicking in very little cash.

Jeter sees Jordan as a role model in how to become a successful sports executive, a source who knows Jeter said.

Hey, if Jordan can help Jeter do for the Marlins what Jordan has done for the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets then . . . well, actually, that may be an improvement on the Marlins recent track record, so never mind.

 

Report: Angels to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers

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Update (7:51 PM ET): ESPN’s Buster Olney says the deal isn’t final yet. Rosenthal says that any delay on this trade is due to Kinsler’s no-trade clause, but he still expects the deal to happen.

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.

Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.

The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.