The Miami Marlins, who are currently hosting MLB's All-Star Game festivities, are up for sale. We know that much.
We also know that the league hopes to have a resolution on the sale sooner than later.
Forbes reported Monday that Miami businessman Jorge Mas was closing in on a deal to purchase the Marlins for $1.17 billion. The Marlins and Mas have since denied such an arrangement is in place, per the Miami Herald:
"There's no agreement reached with anyone," Marlins president David Samson said.
Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports that Mas is indeed the favorite, and that he's spent the past two nights talking details at the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game with Jeffrey Loria and David Samson. Nonetheless, the two sides are "still talking" and no deal is done.
Another report (this one from the New York Post) also surfaced on Tuesday, indicating that Derek Jeter's team was nearing a deal to purchase the Marlins for around $1.2 billion.
Jeter's group now apparently includes NBA legend Michael Jordan (albeit in a small role). Jordan is reported to be one of 15 investors and, according to the Post, he is said to be "kicking in very little cash."
uesday, the Miami Herald reported that rapper Pitbull had joined Jeb Bush's bid group:
A spokesman for Armando Christian Peréz, best known as the Miami-based rapper Pitbull, confirmed Tuesday that the celebrity is joining the investment group that includes the former Florida governor, a CNBC star, and the son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Coincidentally, Pitbull performed before Monday's Home Run Derby at Marlins Park.