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MLB owners unanimously approve sale of Marlins to Sherman-Jeter group

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Major League Baseball just announced that its owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Miami Marlins by Jeff Loria to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. Closing on the sale is targeted for early October. The approval is contingent on the deal closing, financially speaking. The sale price is $1.2 billion.

Rob Manfred made the following statement:

“I wish the best to Jeffrey Loria and David Samson. During their tenures, the Marlins won the 2003 World Series, hosted this season’s successful All-Star Week at spectacular Marlins Park and eagerly supported our efforts to grow the game internationally. I congratulate Mr. Sherman on receiving approval from the Major League Clubs as the new control person of the Marlins and look forward to Mr. Jeter’s ownership and CEO role following his extraordinary career as a player.”

Seems he’s leaving some stuff out about Loria’s tenure, but I suppose you say nice things at a eulogy.

As we’ve noted, Derek Jeter has already begun firing people in the Marlins’ baseball operations department. Or, rather, asking people to fire people. He’ll be able to have his own people in place in the next couple of weeks assuming the timeline holds.

Hast la vista, Jeff Loria.

 

Phillies pause Jerad Eickhoff’s rehab

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Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.

Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.

Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.