The Miami Marlins are cleaning out the front office.
Whenever new management comes out, most of the old will be put out to the pasture. It doesn’t matter if it’s a local business, fortune 500 or even a sports team. That is exactly what is happening with the Marlins. At some point soon, ownership of the Marlins will officially be transferred from Jeffrey Loria to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter.
If you recall, the owners of Major League Baseball teams unanimously approved the sale earlier this week. Now they're just waiting for the financial transaction to close.
Jeter hasn’t wasted any time with gutting the front office of the team. Just last week alone, he reportedly fired special assistants Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, Jack McKeon, and Jeff Conine. These four people are no doubt the most recognizable names in franchise history. Fast forward to Friday (September 30th, 2017), even more staffers were let go Friday. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote the following about the news:
“And Jeter, once again, asked outgoing Marlins president David Samson to fire the employees for him, according to a source.
Jeter asked Samson to dismiss vice president of player development Marc DelPiano, assistant general manager Mike Berger, vice president/player personnel Jeff McAvoy and vice president/pitching development Jim Benedict. All were informed by Samson in recent days.”
The ballclub managed to lure both DelPiano and Benedict away from the Pirates in 2015 and both are highly regarded within the industry. Made no mistake about it, the team is making massive changes in hopes of turning the program around and getting the team where the fans want them to be. The team thought so highly of Benedict that they traded a player to acquire him. Right-hander Trevor Williams was sent to Pittsburgh as compensation for Benedict.
By looking at the stats, Williams has a 4.07 ERA in 150 1/3 innings spread across 25 starts and six relief appearances for the Pirates this season. By looking at the rotation of the lineup, Williams would've been no worse than Miami's third-best starter this season behind Dan Straily and Jose Urena. The team is now firing the executive they acquired for Williams.
Benedict was credited for reviving the careers of several pitchers while with the Pirates, including Francisco Liriano and current Marlins hurler Edinson Volquez. With all of that said and kept in mind, the team do have new ownership and the changes were expected.