Just recently we talked about the biggest Miami Marlins free agent, it wasn't even a player. It was The Fish's General Manager Kim Ng. As we get ready for all of the potential off-season moves, we've been hit with an earth-shattering piece of news... Kim Ng is no longer the team's general manager. She declined her half of a mutual option on her services for next season, (Bruce Sherman triggered his). What's happening?
Kim Ng is no longer the general manager of the Miami Marlins.
Kim Ng causes shockwaves when she was first made the general manager of the Miami Marlins in November 2020. She became the first female general manager in the Major Leagues, as well as the first Asian-American GM in North American sports. Her tenure as the GM was shaky, with quite a few highs and lows.
The lows were sadly pretty bad... There's the terrible Avisail Garcia contract, that is still going to be burning the Miami Marlins for years to come. It didn't make sense at the time, and it still doesn't. There's also the questionable Jorge Soler deal. He was terrible in year one, but was living up to his deal this season. I'm not sure why he was able to receive a generous player option however, that will likely end his time with the team.
Neither the Jean Segura or Johnny Cueto deals worked out either, and once again it's arguable that both were ill-advised from the start. Cueto was coming off a solid season, but was clearly in decline. Segura was in decline too, and was being asked to move to a position that he never really played before. The Jacob Stallings trade didn't work out either.
You can argue that Kim Ng didn't do enough to improve the lineup the last few seasons, though we don't know just how much she was allowed to spend. On the other hand, she made one of the best trades in Miami Marlins history. Second Baseman Luis Arraez is the National League batting champion. She also made big trades at the Trade Deadline this season, acquiring 3B Jake Burger and 1B Josh Bell.
In the end, it's hard to properly evaluate Kim Ng's reign as the Miami Marlins General Manager. She made bad signings, but also made good trades. Her exit came out of nowhere, with the reason not fully making sense. Kim said this:
"Last week, Bruce (Sherman) and I discussed his plan to reshape the Baseball Operations department. In our discussions, it became apparent that we were not completely aligned on what that should look like and I felt it best to step away."
Taken literally, she's leaving because she doesn't like Sherman's changes to the Baseball Operations Department. Does she not like some firings or hirings? I suspect that there's more to this. Openings with the typically higher spending Boston Red Sox and New York Mets may have been too enticing for her.
I hope that the Miami Marlins bring in a more experienced General Manager, as I don't think that replacing Kim Ng will be a difficult task.