AP source: Jeter, Bush join forces in bid to buy Marlins

Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush
Right: Derek Jeter waves to the fans as he leaves the field Sunday, Aug.14, 2016, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Left: Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. on Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

MIAMI (AP/WOOD) — A person familiar with the situation says former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have joined forces in their attempt to buy the Miami Marlins.

The person confirmed the partnership to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because Jeter and Bush have not commented. They initially had competing interests in pursuit of the team.

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New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter jumps after hitting the game-winning single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. The Yankees won 6-5.

Jeter, a baseball star at Kalamazoo Central High School long before joining the Yankees, has long talked about owning a team. Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, was an owner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.

Jeter retired from the Yankees in 2014 after 20 seasons with the team.

Spokesmen for Jeter and Bush didn’t respond to requests for comment. Last week, Marlins president David Samson said talks with multiple parties interested in buying the team were in the “fourth inning.”