Kush­n­ers end bid for Marlins

Houston Chronicle - - FOR THE RECORD -

The Kush­ner fam­ily, which has close ties to the White House, put the brakes on its ne­go­ti­a­tions to buy the Mi­ami Marlins be­cause of a re­port team owner Jef­frey Lo­ria might be nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to be­come am­bas­sador to France.

Joshua Kush­ner, whose older brother is an ad­viser to the pres­i­dent, has a pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment to buy the Marlins. But in a state­ment re­leased by Kush­ner’s brother-in­law, Joseph Meyer, the fam­ily ex­pressed con­cern the sale might “com­pli­cate” the am­bas­sador­ship ap­point­ment.

The New York Post re­ported Wed­nes­day that Lo­ria, a New York art dealer, is likely to be the next French am­bas­sador. In other news: • Pitts­burgh re­lief pitcher Tony Watson lost his salary ar­bi­tra­tion case and will make $5.6 mil­lion this year rather than $6 mil­lion. Watson, 31, had a 3.06 ERA in 70 re­lief ap­pear­ances for the Pi­rates last year along with a 2-5 record.

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