Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush bidding for Marlins

Mattingly says former Yankees star has talked about owning a team in the past

Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush bidding for Marlins

WASHINGTON -- Former Yankees star Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are among the potential bidders to purchase the Marlins, according to the FOX Business Network. The report stated that Jeter and Bush are part of two competing groups -- with a third unspecified bidder also in play -- making a push for the Marlins.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, like Jeter, is an iconic former Yankees player. The Miami skipper noted that Jeter has talked about owning a team in the past.

"I'm sure he'd be good," Mattingly said. "Jeets pretty much seems to be good at everything he tries to do. ... He's always talked about it. I asked him if he wanted to coach. He was like, 'Never.'"

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At the start of Spring Training, Marlins president David Samson publicly acknowledged that owner Jeffrey Loria is entertaining offers for the club.

"It doesn't really change for us, as far as just getting ready and playing," Mattingly said. "We knew the report was out there early in spring and the middle of spring. Nothing has really changed as far as us getting ready to play and making sure our guys are focused and just trying to play our best baseball."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.