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Volume 26 No. 207
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Marlins CEO Jeter Talks Free Agency, Rebuilding Strategy

Jeter has spent the last two seasons altering the Marlins' foundation and lowering the team's payroll
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Jeter has spent the last two seasons altering the Marlins' foundation and lowering the team's payroll
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Jeter has spent the last two seasons altering the Marlins' foundation and lowering the team's payroll
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said the club "must be responsible" in free agency, adding the team must "stick with the plan" to build a system the right way, according to David Wilson of the MIAMI HERALD. Appearing yesterday at the club's 10th annual Thanksgiving Distribution at Marlins Park, where he helped hand out meals to 1,000 local families, Jeter said the club has made "a lot of progress" in building the right way. Jeter: "It takes a while to earn people's trust. ... But from everything that we've heard, people are starting to trust us and they're starting to come out here and support this organization, and we still have a lot of work to do." The Marlins under Jeter have "rebuilt Miami's foundation" after two seasons. The present roster is only due about $27M as "currently constructed," so the club has "money to spend." Jeter said of free agency, "If a guy fits with our plan and what we're trying to do, we'll go get him. I should say, make an attempt to get him" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/26). In Ft. Lauderdale, Wells Dusenbury writes after consecutive 100-loss seasons, there is a "clear directive Miami needs to show improvement." The Marlins have "amassed a strong farm system, featuring six top-100 prospects who are close to reaching the big leagues" (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 11/26).