Former New York Yankees shortstop and MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter shockingly decided to depart the Miami Marlins and his role as CEO. The move seemingly came out of nowhere, with little indication as to what caused the ex-Yankees star to make such a decision. Former New York teammate and ace starting pitcher CC Sabathia provided the MLB world with some interesting details regarding Jeter’s Marlins exit via the R2C2 podcast with fellow host Ryan Ruocco, as reported by Audacy Sports.

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“(Castellanos is) a beast,” Sabathia said. “I know Jeter wanted him bad.

“The Marlins are the Marlins,” the ex-pitcher added. “No matter what you try to do to make them better, at the end of the day there’s just always been bad ownership. Jeter did everything he could, he lined everything up for him and this is the year you sign Castellanos. They’ve got a bunch of pitching, Jazz Chisholm is a star, you’ve got Miguel Rojas playing short. Seems good, like really good, he built a really good team. The minor league organization is great, but it’s just time to spend money.

CC Sabathia said that Derek Jeter was angling the Marlins towards making a free agency splash, such as with Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos, one of the league’s more underrated hitters. However, the Marlins balked at the ex-Yankees shortstop’s strategy because “the Marlins are the Marlins”, as Sabathia so eloquently put it.

It makes perfect sense that Jeter wanted to push the Marlins in the direction of contention, given the fact that the team was seen on the rise just two years ago. What doesn’t make sense is why the franchise wouldn’t want someone like Castellanos, who hit .309 with 34 homers and a .939 OPS this past season.

It seems like the Marlins weren’t fully committed to winning, or at least Jeter’s vision for winning.