Jeter, Jeb join forces in bid to buy Marlins


Derek Jeter may have found a new double play partner in his bid to buy the Miami Marlins.

Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has a teammate in his bid to buy the Miami Marlins baseball team: retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Loria is asking $1.6 billion for the team, but a source familiar with the bidding process said he believes the highest suitor likely will end up paying about $1 billion.

Also briefly mentioned in Hanks' article is a second interested party, NY financier Wayne Rothbaum, "manager" of Quogue Capital. He owns a house in Tampa, the site of the Yankees' spring training facility.

Owner Jeffrey Loria has been fielding offers for the team, which moved into a county-owned stadium in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood in 2012. Jeter carries obvious baseball cachet and Jeb's brother George W. was a well-liked part-owner of the Texas Rangers for a number of years. The person confirmed the partnership on condition of anonymity because Jeter and Bush have not commented.

During the Marlins home opener, team President David Samson he would not address any prospective buyers.