Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be why agent Scott Boras had jewelry when discussing the new property of the Miami Marlins.
Boras said that Jeter and his group are turning the Marlins into a pawnshop.
It was another blow to the direction of the Marlins under new CEO Jeter, who continued the team's payroll purge on Wednesday by swapping outfielder Marcell Ozuna with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Speaking at winter baseball meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras said that Jeter inherited a team with a solid base of young players who just needed more pitching to become in contenders to the title. Boras said the group that bought the team should have been examined more carefully to avoid dismantling, which included swapping big league king Giancarlo Stanton with the New York Yankees.
"You would expect … MLB would verify the property so that we have a property that enters and provides additions," Boras said. Instead, they "go in and redirect, so it's not a jewelry that covets your diamonds, now it becomes the pawnshop that is trying to pay the building rent, instead of focusing on the diamonds and the growth you "
In contrast to Boras, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he was excited about the leadership of the franchise, which has not had a winning season since 2009. Mattingly defended his new boss, and predicted that Jeter He will improve as an executive baseball, just as he improved in the shortstop.
"Derek may be the first to admit:" Hey, I could do some things maybe a little different ", said Mattingly. "I do not know, but I look back at Derek's first year in pro ball, he makes 58 mistakes, 50 and some mistakes, at shortstop, and we know what happened after that."
Jeter committed 56 errors in the Single-A Greensboro in 1993, his second professional season. Then he went on to be 14 times All-Star.
Mattingly anticipates that Jeter will approach his new job in the same way that he approached his last.
"He has a lot on his plate, he's going a lot, they happen very fast," said Mattingly, who played with Jeter in the Yankees and then coached him. "But I fully expect any adjustments you have to make or believe you have to make, we're just going to keep going, we're not going to look back, we're going to keep an eye on the prize and where we're going, and we'll make adjustments as an organization "
Detractors say that Jeter's group overpaid for the Marlins and does not have enough funding. Boras said that's why the group is cutting the payroll.
Jeter has also been criticized for skipping winter gatherings this week. Instead, he attended a Miami Dolphins game on Monday night.
"With his stature as a player, people ask questions about his decision-making," said Boras. "I'm not sure it's his decision-making … You see an owner in an NFL game, something tells me he's hired someone else to manage the construction of the team."
Jeter, however, has said he will be practical in baseball and business operations. And Mattingly, who enters his third year as manager of the Marlins, said Jeter's plan for Miami will work.
"To really know what our direction is, and to know that we are going to maintain that and us". We're going to build this organization from the bottom up, and it's going to be consistent and we're going to continue with that, it's an exciting time for me, "he said." We needed a reboot. What we were trying to achieve and the way we were doing it, trying to win, was just not working. "
AP baseball writers Ben Walker and Ronald Blum in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, contributed to this report.
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