Marlins fans, good news! Jeffrey Loria may sell team, finally
Item: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will listen to offers to sell the franchise.Reaction: Sell. Now. Don’t wait. Take the money and run. Don’t let the door hit you.MORE: World’s richest team owners in 2016 Loria’s place among sports’ worst owners is well-deserved. A few of the lowlights:Sticking Miami-Dade County with the bill for Marlins Park.Pocketing revenue-sharing money that should have gone toward increasing the payroll.Authorizing a fire sale months after a spending spree in 2012.Firing the team’s longtime TV analyst for telling it like it was.Letting his general manager also be his field manager.Forbes magazine reported Loria is asking about $1.7 billion, or https://www.angelsedges.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/mike-trout-jersey about three times more thanthe franchise’s estimated value. That figure is also just a few hundred million south of what the Dodgers’ current owners paid for that franchise. Marlins suitors (and there have been more than one, according https://www.angelsedges.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/darin-erstad-jersey to the Miami Herald ) know full well they’re not getting the next Dodgers.Loria bears much of the fault for that. The Marlins are low-revenue, but they don’t play in a small market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach is the 10th-largest metropolitan area in the country. Yet ticket sales lag ( 27th in the majors in 2016) and the team’s cable TV deal (which runs through 2020) is the smallest in the majors, according to the Herald. Marlins Park opened in 2012, but Loria just now is closing in on a naming rights deal.MORE: Marlins planning Jose Fernandez memorial The thing is, as much as Loria was just bashed in this space, the 2017Marlins have potential, and Loria is ready to push the payroll to just over $100 million, which is a stretch for this franchise. The young outfield (Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton) is among the best in the game. The bullpen is deep, even after Miami mi sed on Kenley Jansen, and it can help carry a pedestrian rotation. That potential gives fair-weather South Florida fans one le s excuse to stay away this year. Their biggest one remains, however: They don’t trust the owner. They want him to sell. Now.If that happens, we’ll quickly learn just how good a baseball town Miami is, and just how much https://www.angelsedges.com/los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim/andrelton-simmons-jersey Loria was holding it back.