Jeffrey Loria to sell Marlins to group including Derek Jeter

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It appears Derek Jeter is back in Major League Baseball, this time as an owner.

The group purchasing the Marlins is to be headed by NY businessman Bruce Sherman, who is a Marlins fan.

Major League Baseball officials are expected to discuss the sale, but not vote on it, in owners meetings in Chicago next week. At the All-Star Game a month ago in Miami, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the team soon expected to choose a winning bid, and each group had offered about the same amount of money.

There is also the matter of whether Sherman ultimately wants control.

And ever since he made a decision to sell the Marlins, he's always wanted the franchise to go to Derek Jeter.

Major League Baseball is now awaiting the final paperwork of the sale and that could happen later on Friday.

Jeter had been involved with the bidding throughout the process in different formats, including as part of a group with failed presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. "[Jeter] has a great relationship with Sherman, who will allow Jeter to essentially run the organization". All 29 other owners will get a vote, but this is considered a mere formality.

Marlins president David Samson declined to comment Friday.

Sherman, a Marlins fan, is known for his philanthropic work and previously was the chairman and chief investment officer of Naples-based Private Capital Management.

Derek Jeter is finally getting his wish to own a baseball team - if all goes well.

Jeter, 43, retired after 20 seasons as the Yankees' shortstop.

It will be an uphill battle for Jeter and company to turn around a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since the team won the 2003 World Series.

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