The Miami Marlins grabbed headlines by hiring Kim Ng as the General Manager in November 2020. At the same time, The Fish received a lot of negative reactions from fans, unhappy that someone with no prior experience as a GM was hired to run the team. After making the playoffs in 2023, Bruce Sherman suddenly made her resign, by ultimately hiring Peter Bendix to run the team instead. Kim could've stayed on under him, but chose to leave instead. The best way to judge bad moves is not by hindsight, but by how they looked from the start.
The three biggest mistakes made by Kim Ng as the GM of the Miami Marlins
3. SIGNING JEAN SEGURA TO PLAY THIRD BASE
Prior to the 2023 season, Kim Ng signed Jean Segura to play third base for the Miami Marlins. This was immediately met with some concern. After all, Segura was never a third baseman before, and signing him to do so, in the same off-season as other questionable defensive moves were made was bizarre.
Was signing Jean Segura even smart regardless of position? He was already in decline, in fact he went from a 3.7 WAR to a 1.8 WAR from 2021 to 2022. His batting line went from .290/.348/.436 in 2021, to .277/.336/.387 in 2022. In 2023, he batted .219/.277/.279 and was worth -1.9 WAR, with a -0.7 dWAR.
Jean Segura had abysmal results with the Miami Marlins and was traded away in a salary dump mid-season. The 2 year/$17 million deal has been a flop for the team. The worst part is it was obvious from the start.
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