Will the Marlins new owners really blow up the team and rebuild?
Stop me if you heard this before. The Miami Marlins need to get rid of their high paid players, cut payroll so they can rebuild the franchise.
The Derek Jeter led group, that less than a month ago reached a deal to buy the team for $1.2 billion from Jeffery Loria, look like they are taking a page out of his owners manual. One that could cause an already, jittery fan base to totally freak out.
Multiple sources have told Sports Talk Florida that the new owners are giving serious consideration to blowing up the Marlins and retooling the franchise from the bottom to the top.
Multiple reports say the new owners would like to see a payroll of around $55 to $60 million a year down considerably from the present $115 million. Something that would cause the fans to feel less than comfortable about the teams future.
The worst kept secret in Major League Baseball is that the Marlins are shopping superstar Giancarlo Stanton, along with his record 13-year, $325 million contract extension that he signed with Miami back in 2014. According to the Miami Herald, keeping Stanton could mean getting rid of a number of quality players to lower the payroll.
Who could be leaving the Marlins this winter?
Well, if the new ownership takes over the team and they hold true to wanting to cut payroll then good bye, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Martin Prado and/or Dee Gordon. They could be stuck with injured Edinson Volquez (due $13 million next season) or Wei Yin Chen (due $10 million)
According to the Miami Herald, Jeter wants to be the President of Baseball Operations at a price point of $5 million a year to recoup his $25 million investment. He would also like a company credit card to cover expenses from his home in Tampa to Miami.
New York businessman Bruce Sherman, is the man who many feel helped to create the group and targeted Jeter, to run point on getting the deal done. Jeter is now becoming the new face of the Marlins, but can he calm the Miami fan base who seem unlikely to support another rebuild.
The true irony here is that Marlins fans have long been critical of Loria, for repeatedly slashing the Marlins’ payroll throughout his 15-year tenure owning the team.
As of this morning, the Marlins are six games out of the final National League Wild Card spot with a record of 67-70. It is unlikely that they will be heading to the postseason.
The problem for the Jeter group is that their business model is to rebuild the franchise from the ground up. That means getting rid of players, investing in overhauling the farm system, and getting the team on a better long term fiscal path.
From a business view, it makes total sense but the fans in Miami might just take a pass on that concept given they have seen that movie before.
The final three weeks of 2017 may set the stage for one of the most interesting off seasons in the Marlins history. Will the Jeter group really cut payroll and start all over again?