The Winter Meetings are over and a most of the top free agents are off the board (with some going to our division rivals). What do the Miami Marlins have to show for it? A couple of Minor Leaguers. A couple of Minor Leaguers. Is this a joke? It’s bad enough that we have small markets outspending us, but we don’t even seem to be close to making any big trades. What’s going on?! What happened to all of those rumors? It sounds like just empty words at this point. Luckily, Kim Ng has been interviewed about this and had some interesting things to say…
Kim Ng had some interesting things to say about the Miami Marlins lately.
Kim Ng said:
"“You always want to do things as soon as you can, but it’s just not always in your court. You can’t always dictate the pace at which you go. And so, again, I guess what I can say is that the team that we have right now is really not going to be the team that you see on Opening Day. We’ll try and do things judiciously and meticulously and methodically.”"
Kim said that getting hitting help is a priority:
"“That position can be almost anywhere on the field.”"
She also said that qualifying offers won’t stand in the way. That’s an interesting comment considering it would take a large contract to sign these types of players. Kim said that improving the bullpen is a necessity. She had more to say:
"“That’s the great thing about the 40-man roster: Everybody’s got a fair shot going into Spring Training to make the club. That’s how I view it. I think we added a good handful of guys over the last several months who’ve got really good arms. So [we’re] excited about the actual stuff that we’re bringing into Spring Training, but aren’t necessarily satisfied there either. And we’re always looking to improve.”"
Summing it all up she said:
"“It is early. That’s the thing. You can’t really compare it to last year, because last year we sort of had this faux deadline. I think that’s sort of what some people are thinking about. We still have four months left ’til Opening Day.”"
What can we make of this? I hope that Kim Ng is telling the truth. I hope that she has a plan. I hope that her current inactivity is based on more than just a refusal by Bruce Sherman to spend. The only thing that I know for a fact is that if the Miami Marlins are not better by Opening Day, that’s on Bruce Sherman and Kim Ng ( the latter depending on the money available.)