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Heyman | Marlins sale moving towards finish line

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, center, chats with Joe Dunand, left, and his uncle, now-retired baseball player Alex Rodriguez, right, before Dunand was introduced as one of the Miami Marlins' top three draft picks at Marlins Park stadium, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Miami Marlins are said to be moving toward the finish line in the sale of the team, with at least two viable interested groups, and possibly three.

Sources say they still hope there’s a deal for at least a negotiating window by next Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The Jorge Mas group has the financing and is a threat to win the team, while the Tagg Romney-Wayne Rothbaum group is at least close and even the Derek Jeter group, which had been well behind, is said to have come up with close to $1 billion in backers and isn’t completely out of the running, according to a source close to the talks.

Mas is the wealthiest of the interested parties, so that could give him an inside track for the deal for the team, which is expected to come in at close to $1.2 billion, plus cash on hand to fund expected losses in the next couple years (the Marlins are said to be in line to lose as much as $70 million this year).

While there’s no proof any deadline has been set, it certainly seems that MLB believes it’s time for a change of ownership, and folks involved believe there will be more clarity by next Tuesday, or shortly thereafter.

If Mas gets the team, he is not averse to taking on some members of the other groups, including Jeter, who he is said to love. The current Marlins ownership group also seems to love Jeter, and he has been their preferred choice all along. Although, the Romney group is solid, and Mas, a hero in the local community, has some serious fans in South Florida

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