Team owners usually don’t attend MLB winter meetings, but with the flurry of moves made by the Marlins in recent weeks, it seems everyone believed Derek Jeter should be there.
As the meeting kicked off in Orlando on Monday, Jeter was spotted enjoying a different kickoff in Miami as the Dolphins hosted the Patriots on Monday Night Football.
A reminder that Derek Jeter, who is at MNF instead of the Winter Meetings, is getting PAID $5M a year in salary/management fee/travel budget by the new owners, which includes him. pic.twitter.com/UxLlEwFX8o
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 12, 2017
The online perception from legitimate baseball reporters was not kind.
The Marlins are executing major franchise-changing deals, including the swap of their best player, and the head of baseball operations — Derek Jeter — should be at the winter meetings to explain the moves; it’s a responsibility that comes with the title. He is not here.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 11, 2017
ESPN just showed Derek Jeter watching from a suite at the Patriots-Dolphins game. It’s not like the Winter Meetings started today.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 12, 2017
So looks like Derek Jeter is at the MNF game tonight rather than answering the many Marlins questions reporters have at the winter meetings.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 12, 2017
Earlier in the day, Jeter discussed his blockbuster trade of Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees on a conference call. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill was in Orlando and told reporters “Giancarlo made it clear midway through 2017 that he did not want to be part of a rebuild.”
“What we’re trying to do here is to build it the right way,” Hill said. “You can’t throw money at the situation that we’re in right now. Obviously, we had a situation where we had the reigning National League MVP, we had a number of players that were productive, but we won 77 games.”
The meetings last through Dec. 14.