by John Mamola

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident the Miami Marlins will be sold in the near future and said in an interview broadcast Thursday that price isn?t a major obstacle to that end.  Speaking on ?Bloomberg Markets? TV with Scarlett Fu, Manfred said the three groups known to be bidding to purchase the team from Jeffrey Loria remain in the sweepstakes.

?I think price is actually fairly well set among the three groups,? Manfred said. ?It?s just making sure that the financial structuring and the governance documents all comply with our rules. And then of course, the Marlins have to decide which group they?d prefer to go forward with.?

That statement conflicts with reports earlier this week that none of the three groups had agreed to Loria?s asking price of $1.2 billion and questions regarding whether Miami businessman Jorge Mas will remain in the bidding.  

In other news from around the state:

  •  Florida senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, a significant setback for a defense already replacing seven starters.  Harris sustained the season-ending injury while running with teammates Wednesday.
  •  The Tampa Bay Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.  Souza left Wednesday's game after an awkward first-inning slide left him in pain and with what the team said was a strained hip. X-rays in Oakland were negative, but the Rays said he needed further testing today in St. Petersburg.