Marlins Owner Loria Could Be Trump's Ambassador To France

The Kushner family said it "will not pursue" the purchase of the Marlins if Loria is officially appointed as ambassador.

"Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the president to be ambassador to France", he said.

The delay in the purchasing process has been created as the Kushner family is directly tied to President Trump, with Jared Kushner having married the President's daughter, Ivanka. That figure would make for the second biggest price tag in baseball, behind only the Dodgers, who were sold for $2 billion.

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Joshua Kushner and brother-in-law Joseph Meyer were reportedly set to be the primary investors in the deal, per Andrew Ross Sorkin and Michael De La Merced of the New York Times, although the purchase now appears to be on hold. The report named him as one of four people selected by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for top diplomatic posts.

The "handshake" sale of the Miami Marlins reported last week has predictably hit a roadblock.

Diplomacy, perhaps, according to a report from the New York Post.

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The Post also reported that the appointments had caused a rift between Priebus and the State Department because there was concern that "Priebus has not properly vetted the diplomats-to-be", though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Priebus denied any discord.

Loria has been a supporter of the Republican Party as well as Trump's candidacy, giving $125,000 to the Trump Victory super-political action committee in 2016 along with $2,700 to Trump's campaign, Forbes reported.

During Jeffrey Loria's time as a Major League Baseball owner, he's rarely been called anything close to an ambassador-for the game, fans of the Miami Marlins, fellow owners or the players. The Kushner family acknowledged interest Wednesday, but, in a statement, vowed to back out if Loria is appointed to avoid the perception of a quid pro quo.

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