2. THE FARM SYSTEM
One of the most important things for a Major League team is to have a strong farm system. That's why the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers for example are consistently in the playoffs. This is also how the Atlanta Braves built their core that led to the 2021 World Championship. This is how the Houston Astros built their dynasty....
Peter Bendix was specifically brought in to run the Miami Marlins from Tampa, in order to copy their strategy with the farm. The Fish's farm was ranked #5 in 2020 when Kim Ng took over. It was #4 in 2021, it was #16 in 2022 and it went further down to #24 in 2023. None of that is even remotely acceptable.
We see top teams consistently have top farm systems through solid drafts. They do this despite promotions and signings of qualifying offer rejecting free agents (that require giving up a draft pick). There's no excuse for the Miami Marlins farm system to decline, despite minimal significant promotions and non-signings of QO rejecting free agents.
Bruce Sherman brought in Peter Bendix specifically to fix this issue. Kim Ng's inadequate drafting has been a big reason for why The Fish ended up in this mess.
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