Retired Yankee captain and soon-to-be, first-time father Derek Jeter may be making room for a new professional role in his life – baseball team owner.
According to a Wednesday, Jeter has “expressed interest in bidding for” the Miami Marlins. The report says that the future Hall of Fame shortstop is being represented by former Morgan Stanley brokerage chief Gregory Fleming in any talks with Marlins president David Samson.
The Fox report also says that Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, is part of a bidding group that is a “major contender” and who is partnered with Citigroup to secure financing.
The Marlins are currently owned by Jeffrey Loria, and the club has won one World Series title during Loria’s ownership tenure, in 2003 against the Yankees. When reached by the Daily News Wednesday, Loria said, “I don’t have any comment.” Asked about Jeter’s reported interest in bidding for the club, Loria said, “I don’t know anything about it.”
Jeter’s long-time agent Casey Close did not return a call for comment. Fleming could not be reached. A source told The News that Jeter, despite earning an estimated $265 million in salary during his 20-year career and millions more in endorsements, doesn’t have the money alone to purchase a team.
In February, Forbes reported that Samson had a “handshake agreement” to sell the team to a prominent New York real estate developer, believed to be Charles Kushner, the father-in-law to Ivanka Trump, the oldest daughter of President Trump. Forbes said in the report that the Marlins would be sold for $1.6 billion.
Jeter, 42, has indicated many times over the years that he would like to be a baseball team owner some day, most recently telling reporters at his December Turn 2 Foundation event at Chelsea Piers that a front office role is a future goal of his.
“I’ve made it very clear of ownership aspirations at some point. Who knows when that is, who knows if you get the opportunity. I hope I do,” Jeter said in December.
Jeter retired after the 2014 season, but he had already begun branching out into business ventures prior to hanging up the spikes. He has his own publishing imprint – Jeter Publishing – within Simon & Schuster that was announced in 2013, and which published its first title a year later. In late 2014, Jeter launched The Players’ Tribune website, where former and current athletes write first-person stories. Jeter used the website to announce his engagement to model Hannah Davis in late 2015, and Davis used the site to announce in February that the couple – who married last year – are expecting their first child, a girl.