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Jeffrey Loria reportedly close to accepting bid for Marlins

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is nearing a decision on the sale of the team.

The sale price, Jackson reports, may be less than the $1.3 billion Loria was reportedly asking, perhaps landing in the $1.1-1.25 billion range. He says that the Derek Jeter group has bid more than $1.1 billion and that, following reports last week that Jeter was having trouble gathering the money, his bid is on more solid financial footing now. The Tagg Romney/Tom Glavine/Jeb Bush group, he says, has the funds to go higher than $1.1. billion but has not yet bid that high.

Either way, the bidding process should end soon. It’ll be interesting to see if Loria and Major League Baseball want to announce the sale before the All-Star Game, which will be held in Miami, or if they’d prefer to do so after the festivities.

Hometown hero Bryce Harper defeats Freddie Freeman to advance in Home Run Derby

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.

Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”

The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).