The Miami Marlins said they had money to spend at the start of spring training

On the first day of spring training, Miami Marlins president and principal owner Bruce Sherman wanted to set the record straight. They were put into a state of flux two weeks ago when the organization and CEO Derek Jeter “agreed to officially end their relationship” after four MLB seasons, with Jeter saying in a statement that the “vision for the he future of the franchise is different than the one I am committed to lead.

Although neither Sherman nor chief executive Kim Ng elaborates on what the difference in vision was – both saying it’s a question for Jeter – the two shared a unified front in the organization’s quest for lasting success at the helm. Year 5 of Sherman ownership is approaching.

And Sherman said he’s not afraid to open the checkbook to make it happen.

“We have the money,” Sherman said Monday at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex, “and we will spend.”

The Marlins still have areas of their roster that can be improved over the next three and a half weeks before the start of the 2022 regular season on April 8 against the San Francisco Giants. They need an impact bat. Another late-inning reliever would be nice too.

Anything to make sure the team improves on its 67-95 record and fourth-place finish in the NL East.

“Last year was a disappointment,” Sherman said. “It was terrible. It was hard to get through. We’re going to fix that and we want to be competitive, not just this year, not just next year. All my life. I’m not interested in doing anything other than to earn.

The questions remain: who will they spend on and what avenue will be best for them to pursue?

“We’ve been on the horn for the past few days,” Ng said. “Getting in contact with the clubs, talking to the agents. I think we’re in a pretty good position. We can’t wait to make something happen.

The Marlins have already shown, relatively speaking, that they are ready to make a splash this offseason. They gave starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara a five-year, $56 million contract extension; signed free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to a four-year contract with need for at least one more impact bat for a four-year, $53 million deal with a club option for a fifth season; and traded for infielder Joey Wendle and receiver Jacob Stallings.

Signing another outfielder would be the logical pursuit of an impact bat, given the roster position needs.

The Marlins have the chips to be a factor in the trade market given the surplus of high-end starting pitching prospects they have in their system to get a better player (e.g. Bryan Reynolds of the Pittsburgh Pirates)s they choose to pursue

But there are still quality outfielders to sign if Miami pays the price. Michael Conforto and Nick Castellanos headline this list.

Whichever route the Marlins take, the final decisions will rest with Ng. She now oversees the Marlins’ baseball operations department following Jeter’s departure with vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo as No. 2.

Ng said she was “very surprised” by the decision but also noted that “in terms of work, it’s going to be business as usual.”

“We did a lot before the lockdown,” Ng said, “and I anticipate we’re going to do some things after that.”

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Right-handed pitcher Edward Cabrera was the only player on the 40-man roster not on hand at Jupiter at the start of the first practice. He should join the team in a day or two.

Ng said right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez was prevented from pitching after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder which he had surgery on in July. His MRI came back clean.

Jordan McPherson covers the Miami Marlins and high school sports for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and covered the Gators’ athletic program for five years before joining the Herald staff in December 2017.