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Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter among groups in mix to buy Miami Marlins, reports say

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, serves up a plate of paella with Billy, the Florida Marlins' mascot, during Dade County Days at the Capitol in this Thursday, April 5, 2001, file photo taken in Tallahasssee, Fla. The Miami Marlins are for sale, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Yankees star Derek Jeter are interested in buying them, according to a published report.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, serves up a plate of paella with Billy, the Florida Marlins' mascot, during Dade County Days at the Capitol in this Thursday, April 5, 2001, file photo taken in Tallahasssee, Fla. The Miami Marlins are for sale, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Yankees star Derek Jeter are interested in buying them, according to a published report. AP

George W. Bush owned the Texas Rangers before he ever became U.S. president. Now his brother, Jeb, could be stepping up to the plate to buy his own Major League team — the Marlins.

He’s not the only one.

Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is also showing interest in the club, according to Fox Business Network.

Marlins officials would neither confirm nor deny the reports.

“I have no comment,” said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who is in Washington to watch his team.

The former Florida governor expressed interest in ownership of the Marlins in 2013. But that was before team officials announced the franchise was for sale.

Now the club is talking to a handful of suitors about buying the franchise from Loria, who has owned the team since 2002.

Marlins president David Samson confirmed in February that the team was for sale and a number of suitors have come forward expressing interest.

“Talks are ongoing with other groups who are interested in purchasing the team,” Samson said. “The difference now is, those other offers are being looked at very seriously."

According to a Fox Business Network story, Jeter is heading a separate group. The story states Jeter is represented in negotiations with Samson by veteran Wall Street executive and former Morgan Stanley brokerage chief Gregory Fleming.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he thought Jeter would make a fine owner.

“He’s always talked about it,” said Mattingly, who was Jeter’s hitting coach at one time with the Yankees. “Jete seems to be good at everything he tries to do.”

Miami Marlins coach Don Mattingly gives his thoughts about Derek Jeter, who is reportedly interested in buying the Marlins, being a MLB franchise owner before the Marlins game Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington.

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