Derek Jeter is out in South Beach after serving as CEO of the Miami Marlins for the past five seasons. The announcement that Jeter would be stepping down from his role came on Monday and was a big surprise to most around the league. According to The NY Post’s Joel Sherman, one of the main reasons Jeter decided to part ways with the organization was due to a disconnect in regards to how much money would be available to spend on the roster this offseason.
Heard Jeter believed going into the lockout that there would be another $10M-$15M that the Marlins would spend on the 2022 roster, and that strategy evaporated during the lockout. It was central to Jeter’s decsion to leave as CEO.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 28, 2022
Sherman indicates that Jeter was operating under the impression that he’d have an additional $10 million-$15 million to work with in order to upgrade the roster. However, that strategy seems to have been tossed out the window amid the MLB lockout. With those funds no longer available, Jeter felt that the team didn’t match his ambitions for the 2022 season, and thus opted to step down as CEO.
Despite Sherman’s claims that additional funds would not be available for Jeter, Marlins beat writer Craig Mish reported that the Marlins are still committed to winning in 2022, including additional spending once the lockout comes to an end.
It is my understanding the Marlins Ownership group remains fully committed to winning in 2022. That includes spending after the lockout is over. I’m not sure where the idea has come that they’re done because that is certainly not the case from my understanding.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) February 28, 2022
While Jeter may have felt that the team was not committed to winning this season, Mish’s latest reports indicate otherwise.
The Marlins were active prior to the lockout slamming the door shut on any transactions. The team locked down star young pitcher Sandy Alcantara to a long-term contract and also moved to sign veteran outfielder Avisail Garcia in free agency. Mish seems to believe that the team plans to continue to spend once free agency re-opens, however, Jeter did not seem to get that impression from the organization.