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Potential Marlins buyer is Ivanka Trump's father-in-law, report says

Nathaniel Diaz | 10 February, 2017, 02:12

ESPN's Darren Rovell first linked Charles Kushner, who is Ivanka Trump's father in law, to the Marlins earlier this afternoon.

With Spring Training just days away, there could be some big news surrounding the Miami Marlins. Current Marlins owner Jeffery Loria bought the team for $158 million in 2002.

His son, Jared Kushner, is the Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump. Ozanian says he has sources claiming team president David Samson has said there is a "handshake agreement" on the sale. Kushner has served time in federal prison time for tax evasion and witness tampering.

Forbes reported Thursday, citing two anonymous sources, that the Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has a "handshake agreement" to sell the club for $1.6 billion. The bidder was said to be a NY real estate man who has much of his assets tied up in real estate and would need some assistance with financing - all of which fits Kushner's description. The magazine didn't identify the buyer, saying only that it was with a real estate developer based in New York City.

The Marlins haven't finished with a winning record since 2009 and have the second-longest playoff drought in the majors, ahead of only Seattle.

Perhaps signaling his intention to sell at some point soon, the Marlins have taken a win-now approach, trading many of their minor-league prospects in order to acquire big-league help. It's unlikely Major League Baseball owners would approve Kushner, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, but his sons could end up purchasing the team.

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