Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush Move Closer to Purchase of Marlins

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Derek Jeter said goodbye to Yankee fans after his last game in the Bronx in 2014, but he may be returning to baseball as an owner.

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Derek Jeter has always said that his long-term ambition was to own a major league team. Now, less than three years into his retirement, he appears to be closing in on his chance.

A group including Jeter and Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and presidential candidate, has reached an agreement in principle to buy the Miami Marlins, according to a person in baseball with knowledge of the situation. The sale must be approved by fellow owners, but Major League Baseball is known to be enthusiastic about at the prospect of an ownership group including Jeter, the popular and polished former Yankees captain.

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Jeb Bush was a popular governor of Florida, who then failed in his bid to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

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The sale price is $1.3…

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