Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria Reportedly Has 'Handshake Agreement' To Sell Club


Ozanian says he has sources claiming team president David Samson has said there is a "handshake agreement" on the sale.

Charles Kushner is not involved in talks to purchase the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

This price tag itself seemed exceptionally high considering the very same report indicated that the Marlins' franchise worth stood at just $675 million. Loria originally invested $12 million in the Montreal Expos before selling them to Major League Baseball and buying the Marlins.

The Marlins have an unofficial "handshake agreement" to sell the team for $1.6 billion to an unknown buyer, according to a report from Forbes. Kushner's son is Jared Kushner, who is now one of the top aides to President Donald Trump.

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Loria donated $125,000 to Trump's presidential campaign previous year.

Ozanian cited two anonymous sources, who told him that the potential buyer is a New York City real estate developer who does not now have the liquid assets to purchase the team. The bidder was said to be a NY real estate man who has much of his assets tied up in real estate and would need some assistance with financing - all of which fits Kushner's description.

But he might have trouble passing muster with Major League Baseball, which would have final approval on any franchise sale.

Kushner, a multi-millionaire who made his fortune in real estate, served time in prison for tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign contributions.

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