MIAMI - No mas for Mas?
The man considered to be the leading bidder in the hunt for the Miami Marlins (or not) is reportedly considering a move to pull out of the race.
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According to Fox Business writer Charles Gasparino, Major League Baseball is worried that Miami businessman Jorge Mas may drop out of the "bidding war."
Mas, who attended the MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park last week, was reportedly set to offer $1.17 billion to purchase the club from current owner Jeffrey Loria.
Rumors went so far as to say Mas' bid had been accepted, a claim the Marlins vehemently denied leading up the All-Star Game festivities.
A source told the Miami Herald that Mas is "weighing all options" after the team refused to give him an exclusive negotiating window.
Without Mas in the running, Loria would be left with Derek Jeter and Tagg "Son of Mitt" Romney as the only remaining bidders.
Multiple reports say both the Jeter and Romney groups are well short of the funds needed to make the purchase as they are currently constructed.
While in Miami last week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he hoped to announce a new Marlins owner shortly.
"When that process is complete, the Marlins will pick a winning bidder," Manfred said before the All-Star Game, "and I'm pretty confident that that will happen in the relatively near future."
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