Jeffrey Loria has a handshake agreement to sell the Marlins

Earlier on Thursday, we shared a report saying that current team owner Jeffrey Loria had a handshake agreement in place to sell the team for $1.6 billion. "Jeffrey Loria paid $158 million for the baseball team in 2002".

The report does stress that an official agreement is not imminent, in large part because the buyer - reportedly a New York City real estate developer - isn't liquid.

As Sporting News pointed out in December, fans have been incensed by the stadium bill, Loria's apparent refusal to pour some of the revenue sharing funds he's received from other Major League Baseball teams into the Marlins roster, his selling off of top players that would've made the team more competitive and for firing Miami's long-serving television analyst for criticizing management on the air.

"He's going to sell it, no doubt about it", said one Marlins official, who spoke only under the condition he not be identified. He has since only increased its value by having taxpayers foot the bill on a $639 million stadium, Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.

There could be several other individuals or groups interested in buying the Marlins, and it's unclear if Kushner was the unnamed real estate owner Forbes reported had agreed to purchase the club.

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The Marlins have publicly refused comment to multiple reporters since the news broke, with no official confirmation coming from the team.

Get free real-time news alerts from the Miami Patch. Outside of that, the Marlins have failed to make the playoffs in each of the past 13 seasons.

The price: an incredible $1.6 billion.

If the deal goes through, and Loria is out of the picture, baseball fans in Miami will likely rejoice.

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