I talked about this last year and after watching Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto sign their mega deals, I feel compelled to bring this up again. It's frustrating to see The Fish be unable to take on big contracts, despite playing in one of the biggest markets in the country. It's time to take an in-depth look at the concerning situation.
The Miami Marlins cannot be spending like a small market team and MLB needs to step in.
I like the fact that Bruce Sherman wants to build a winning team. The fact that he hired Peter Bendix based on his work with the Tampa Bay Rays, shows me that he's serious about building a winner. Hiring the right people and building the right foundation for a winning dynasty is key to consistent winning. That said, it's also an approach used by teams that typically run lower payrolls.
As I repeatedly said before, the Miami Marlins play in one of the biggest markets in the country. There is NO excuse for the team not to be one of the top-spending teams. The typical excuses that are used are nonsense. "Ticket sales are low"? Spend on a winning team and fans will go to games. "The owner can't afford to spend"? Then Major League Baseball needs to step in and force an ownership change.
It's simply unacceptable for a team playing in one of the biggest markets in the country to not spend on players. The St. Louis Cardinals run higher payrolls and their metro area has close to 3 million people. The San Diego Padres have been running one of the highest payrolls in recent years, and their metro area has slightly over 3 million people. The Boston Red Sox are a big market spending team with a population of 4.9 million people in the metro area. The San Francisco Giants have 4.6 million people in the Bay's metro population. The Miami metro area has 6.14 million people. 6.14 million people. There is no excuse for a Miami team to have low payrolls.
If the Miami Marlins plan to continue on as a low market team, Major League Baseball has an obligation to force an ownership change to save the market for baseball.