The ink is barely dry on the transfer of power to new ownership, and new face of the franchise Derek Jeter has already botched the firings of four franchise icons—in that they never should have been fired in the first place, and Jeter made matters weirder by claiming he might re-hire them.
Lousy optics aside, the big task in front of Jeter and whoever he hires next will be to rebuild the team’s pitching staff. The untimely death of Jose Fernandez, combined with young pitching talent not developing as hoped, and acquisitions like Edinson Volquez and Wei-Yin Chen flopping, has left the Marlins without the kind of front-line arms they’ll need to battle the loaded Nationals and the rest of the NL. Daily headlines about the future of Giancarlo Stanton might be sexier. But whether Stanton stays or goes, the Fish need pitching help...and impact reinforcements from the farm are likely years away from arriving.