Rumors about a Miami Marlins sale to the Kushner Family continue to pick up steam through MLB and media outlets

Rumors about a Miami Marlins sale to the Kushner Family continue to pick up steam through MLB and media outlets

And the plot thickens.

When asked whether the Miami Marlins would be sold to a potential buyer, Miami Marlins president Dave Samson downplayed reports that the organization is considering a purchase offer and stressed that the club's primary focus in 2017 is to be a postseason contender.

"There's obviously a lot of buzz -- there are rumors," Samson said. "There's all sorts of stuff that happens all the time. Are these rumors different than other rumors? Time will always tell what happens."

He also told MLB.com and other media outlets there are offers to buy the team on a monthly basis.

The latest rumors – which are just that for now, rumors – have Joshua Kushner or members of the Kushner family, looking to buy the team from current owner Jeffrey Loria, who bought the Marlins originally in 2002 for $158 million. Loria had previously owned the Montreal Expos and bought the team from John Henry as part of a multi-team transaction, Henry gained ownership of the Red Sox.

"You always listen to anything, because that's responsible," Samson said. "But the commitment to Miami that I feel, that we feel, never wavered. If you think about all the times back in 2002, I'm not sure people were lining up to replace John Henry."

In this case, where there is smoke, the is usually fire and a deal for the team, although it must be approved by Major League Baseball, could be finalized after the All-Star break. The Marlins are the host team for the Mid-Summer Classic this season.

The potential for the purchase of the team by Kushner caught a tail wind late last week when it was first reported on Forbes.com. Other media outlets reported there had been a meeting between Kushner and Loria and that a “handshake” agreement had been reached. That agreement, as Forbes reported, was for $1.6 billion.

"I have never commented to anyone anything like that," Samson said of the reported handshake agreement. "I have no idea what that means."

According to The New York Times, Joshua Kushner, whose brother Jared is married to Ivanka Trump, is interested in purchasing the Marlins and has pursued a deal for several months.

"Certainly, the Commissioner and I have spoken," Samson said, referring to the report of Joshua Kushner's interest in the club, "and that led to the Commissioner making the statement that he made."

Jared Kushner was reportedly interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, but the deal could not be reached.

Major League Baseball did release a statement late last week emphasizing that Joshua Kushner's father, Charles Kushner -- who was convicted in 2005 of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering -- is not connected to a potential sale of the Marlins, Frisaro wrote.

"Under Major League Baseball rules, the Commissioner's Office must be informed of any conversation about a potential sale," the statement read. "The Commissioner's Office has not heard directly or indirectly of any conversation involving Charles Kushner."


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