This summer offered an opportunity for former Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton to revisit his professional baseball career after spending the past two seasons as a reserve guard in the NBA. But on Thursday afternoon, the Portland Trail Blazers guaranteed the third year on the contract Connaughton signed after being drafted out of Notre Dame in 2015.
“Good for Pat,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said before Thursday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. “It looks like a pretty good deal for him. I have believed and maintained since the kid was in high school that his future is in Major League Baseball, but he doesn’t see it that way. It’s really his career, right?”
A person familiar with the situation says NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has a small stake in Derek Jeter’s investment group that reached an agreement to buy the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed Jordan’s role to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the parties involved have not commented.
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell the franchise for $1.2 billion to a group led by New York businessman Bruce Sherman and former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, and Major League Baseball is expected to receive the written agreement on Friday, according to a New York based MLB source.