The Miami Marlins are cutting cost under a new regime, but being frugal isn’t always the best thing.
Derek Jeter’s ownership group took control of the Miami Marlins in late September, with saving money and make the organization competitive all on the list of things that had to happen.
Jeter and company have cut ties with special assistants, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reportedly are set to trade Giancarlo Stanton — who hit 59 home runs last year — yet has $295 million and 10 years remaining om his contract.
One money saving move reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has brought on bad PR — as the Marlins fired long timescout Marty Scott, with the 64-year-old recovering from colon cancer surgery and needing kidney transplant because of diabetes.
“Derek Jeter doesn’t owe me anything,” Scott told Passan. “Probably in their hearts they did what they thought was right. I know based on certain aspects of the game, I probably was making too much money. But we all love the game. We’re all in it together. I just think 40 years was worth more than a spank on the butt and see you later.
“I’m very hurt. Forty years in baseball, I let a lot of people go. I never, ever fired somebody 10 days, 15 days before their contract was up. If I knew I was going to fire somebody, I did it at the beginning of September.”
Team officials told Passan that the move was a baseball-operations decision, but the move is still likely to stain Jeter’s first year as a MLB owner.