Why Does it Feel Like Jeter is Destroying the Marlins?
Miami’s 2018 off-season can be summed up in 1 word: What?
After retiring from a phenomenal career back in 2014, Derek Jeter felt as though he left his fans on the edge of their seats long enough. In August, Jeter and his group agreed to a $1.2 billion deal that would throw him back into the mix of the baseball world yet again. The MLB approved the deal and Jeter went from arguably the best shortstop in history to the CEO of the Miami Marlins. For those of you who don’t know baseball, the Marlins were re-located, or rather, re-branded. Built a new stadium to finally get out of Sun Life Stadium, which is now called Hard Rock Stadium. Moving to the new, and appropriately named, Marlins Park, brought a revival to the Marlins franchise which included: new colors (which are amazing), a new city name, and possibly the best home-run statue that rivals the Big Apple for the Mets.
I mean look at this thing:
How could you not love this? (I’m looking at you Jeter)
Do these names ring a bell? Well, they should, as these three were responsible for the entirety of the outfield, and the heart of the line-up. With Stanton posting an OPS of 1.007 and Ozuna having a career year, along with Yelich’s consistency, brought a lineup with the potential to be deadly… They were unstoppable.
The Yankees, Cardinals, and now, the Brewers
All three of the players above were traded to these teams in that order. The Yanks made out like bandits, sure, a $265,000,000 contract makes even Trump go “ouch”, but if you’re giving that check to Giancarlo Stanton, it’s worth every penny. All that the Yankees lost was Starlin Castro and two ok prospects. Castro has already made it clear that he wants out of Miami. So that move was a bust.
The Cardinals practically stole Ozuna from Jeter. GIving the Marlins three pitchers and an outfielder for the third best hitter in the NL last year. Smart. Scott Boras, Ozuna’s agent even said that the Marlins are becoming “a pawn shop that’s trying to pay the rent of the building.” Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.
Now, the Brewers head over to the garage sale put on by Jeter and slides over a $5 bill to the Marlins for Christian Yelich. Two outfielders, an infielder, and a RHP kinda hurts, but it’s something you can recover from.
It feels like Jeter and the front office have ruined the Marlins, and they have, for this year at least. But just wait. In 2015, the Cubs traded away Starlin Castro, (yes, the same player) to the Yankees, and who won the World Series in 2016? The Cubs. Now, I’m not saying that the Marlins will have that quick of a turnaround, but for all you Miami fans out there, be patient. Jeter is still arguably one of the best to play, and he has yet to have the chance to prove himself in the office space. Give the team a few more years, they’ll be back on top, and will potentially be a contender in the years to come.
So no, Jeter is not destroying the Marlins because he can, he’s “destroying” them to get more wiggle room in the bank and to make a championship team out of nothing.
Jeter should still leave up the statue though, that’s my favorite part of the entire park. It’s just so beautifully ugly.