Former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart has joined an ownership group, led by Tagg Romney a Massachusetts businessman in a bid to acquire the Miami Marlins, said a high ranking executive with Major League Baseball.
The group led by Romney has yet to announce publicly that Stewart had joined the group, but officials in MLB have been told that Stewart would be amongst the new group of investors.
The group led by Romney, which already includes Tom Glavine a 20-game winner in the majors on five occasions, is one of two finalists bidding on the Marlins.
The other group is led by Jeb Bush the former Governor of Florida and Derek Jeter the former star player with the New York Yankees.
These two groups already have made individual bids that are above $1.3 billion and MLB is currently evaluating them. However, one MLB executive who has direct knowledge of this process has said that the higher bid was made by the group led by Romney.
Stewart was a 20-game winner four times during his career was also bidding for Miami with a group of his own investors and now the majority of his investors will be joining the group led by Romney as well.
The belief is that Stewart would be head of baseball operations if the group led by Romney receives the approval of MLB.
Stewart would join Magic Johnson now with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the only two African Americans that have partial ownership in a baseball franchise.
Rob Manfred the Commissioner of MLB said that baseball had two strong groups with both believed to have sufficient resources financially to complete the Marlins sale and run that team effectively.
Romney, who is 47, is the son of Mitt Romney the former Republican presidential candidate. He was previously the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head of marketing.
Stewart, who is 60, was the MVP of the 1989 World Series and has vast experience in coaching and front-office work since retiring from playing following the 1995 season.
He has been a special assistant to Sandy Alderson the general manager of the Oakland Athletics; special assistant to San Diego Padres’ Kevin Towers, assistant general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays; and most recently the Arizona Diamondbacks general manager.
MLB should determine which of the bids it will accept prior to their next meeting with teams owners that is scheduled for May 17 and 18 in New York.