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Rays Owner Adamant About Not Selling Team Despite Buyer Interest

Jun 20, 2023

Stu Sternberg has been publicly clear in his intent to remain the Tampa Bay Rays’ majority owner. But that hasn’t stopped offers heading his way for the MLB team.

Just weeks after Tampa businessman Dan Doyle Jr. offered unsolicited interest in acquiring the Rays, Forbes reports that Doyle is working with Trip Miller, founder of Tennessee-based hedge fund Gullane Capital, to mount a bid for the club.

The report said Miller and Doyle are preparing a $1.85 billion offer for the club, which would represent a 48% premium on Forbes’ estimated value earlier this year. Sternberg shot down the prior sale chatter and said, “I expect we will build a ballpark in Tampa that will keep the Rays here for generations to come. I also plan on remaining the Rays owner.”

Now, the latest salvo is being greeted with a sense of bewilderment. When asked by Front Office Sports about the reported Miller interest, a senior-level Rays source said, “I hadn’t seen it until you emailed.”

The Rays have been locked in a years-long struggle to develop a new facility to succeed the outdated Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Source: Front Office Sports

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