PR Firm: Rumors of Alex Rodriguez's Interest in Buying Marlins or MLB Team Is 'False'

Adam WellsMay 13, 2022

Minnesota Timberwolves co-owner Alex Rodriguez attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

A member of Alex Rodriguez's inner circle is denying reports that the former Major League Baseball superstar is interested in purchasing the Miami Marlins. 

Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez's publicist, tweeted any rumors of his client wanting to buy the Marlins or any other MLB franchise are "entirely false."

Ron Berkowitz @ronberk1

Alex Rodriguez is 100 percent focused on owning the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx. Any report of him having interest in also buying the Miami Marlins or any other MLB team is entirely false.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported on Thursday that Rodriguez would be interested in purchasing the Marlins if the franchise was put up for sale. 

Heyman did note that no one around Marlins majority owner Bruce Sherman thinks he's considering selling the franchise, but "steep losses have many calling to inquire."

Sherman led a group that purchased the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria for $1.2 billion in August 2017. Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan were among the group of investors along with Sherman. 

Jeter announced in February he was selling his stake in the organization and stepping down as CEO. 

Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a key factor in Jeter's decision to leave the Marlins was because he believed going into the lockout the team would increase roster spending by $10-15 million this season, but "that strategy evaporated during the lockout."

The Marlins currently have the fifth-lowest payroll in MLB with $81.015 million spent. They haven't ranked higher than 26th in payroll spending since 2018. 

Rodriguez has built an impressive business portfolio since his MLB career ended after the 2016 season. He led a group that attempted to purchase the New York Mets in 2020 before Steve Cohen eventually bought the franchise. 

A-Rod and Marc Lore bought the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx from Glen Taylor for $1.5 billion in May 2021. 

Forbes estimates the Marlins are valued at $990 million.