dglobalnews.com Marlins have 'handshake agreement' on $1.6B sale, report says
Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Marlins have 'handshake agreement' on $1.6B sale, report says

It's not a secret that the Miami Marlins have pretty much been up for sale for some time now.

This price tag itself seemed exceptionally high considering the very same report indicated that the Marlins' franchise worth stood at just $675 million.

Loria bought the team in 2002 for about $160 million.

Kushner is the father of Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and Senior Advisor to the president. Ozanian says he has sources claiming team president David Samson has said there is a "handshake agreement" on the sale. Kushner has served time in federal prison time for tax evasion and witness tampering.

"Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Miami Marlins president David Samson has said that there is a $1.6 billion 'handshake agreement'for the Major League Baseball team", Mike Ozanian of Forbes reported on Thursday.

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The Marlins declined comment on whether Kushner is involved, while Major League Baseball says they have not heard anything about his involvement. Kushner is a New York City real estate mogul.

There could be several other individuals or groups interested in buying the Marlins, and it's unclear if Kushner was the unnamed real estate owner Forbes reported had agreed to purchase the club. However, the Marlins have struggled to even make the postseason, let alone post a winning record.

If the deal goes through, it would be just behind the record $2 billion Guggenheim Baseball Management paid to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, almost $1 billion more than the previous record for a sports franchise.

Stanton made about $30 million the first three years of the deal, including $14.5 million this coming season.

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