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.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.