The Marlins have a $1.6 billion offer for the MLB team, Forbes.com reported Thursday, citing two unidentified sources who attribute the assertion of a “handshake agreement” to Marlins president David Samson.
Forbes reported in December that owner Jeffrey Loria, who bought the Marlins for $158 million in 2002, was looking for $1.7 billion for the team.
Samson declined to comment on the report, according to the Miami Herald, which added that within baseball circles speculation has grown that Loria intends to sell the team after Marlins Park hosts the 2017 MLB All-Star Game.
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Other pace-of-play issues that have been floated include pitch clocks during games, a revamped strike zone and limiting mound visits by coaches. A far more drastic approach — starting extra innings with a runner at second base to encourage faster scoring — will be tested in the low minors this season.
The players’ union has generally been resistant to suggested pace-of-play changes.
“I’d like to have our dialogue with the players privately,’’ Manfred said, according to USA Today. “…It’s always important to have direct communication with players on issues that affect the play on the field. We want an agreement with the players That’s what works best when we’re dealing with something between the white lines. We’re intent on pursuing the process through, and getting ourselves Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys an agreement with them on a set of changes.”