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MLB's Rob Manfred Downplays Reports On State Of Marlins Sale

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 27 / 17

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred today continued to downplay reports this week of Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria reaching an agreement in principle to sell the club to a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former MLBer Derek Jeter , calling the reports “premature.” Appearing in...

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