Ozzie not second-guessing roster overhaul

Ozzie not second-guessing roster overhaul

Ozzie not second-guessing roster overhaul
MIAMI -- In the final weeks, the Marlins are aiming to win as many games as possible, and perhaps avoid finishing last in the National League East.

That's the reality of their situation, as they strive to salvage as much as possible from a lost year.

But could their predicament have been different if the organization had stayed the course and not pulled off four trades in late July?

Manager Ozzie Guillen isn't second-guessing the organization's decision to reshape the roster.

"Am I going to criticize the front office because of that?" Guillen said. "[Heck] no. It was better for the organization for the future."

The Marlins began making deals on July 23, when they sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers.

Two days later, Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate were dealt to the Dodgers. Finally, Edward Mujica was traded to the Cardinals and Gaby Sanchez was moved to the Pirates at the July 31 Trade Deadline.

"The way I would look at it, we had more experienced players," Guillen said. "But I don't know. Because at that particular time when we traded the guys, we were playing very bad."

Had the Marlins kept the squad together, they likely would have more wins right now. But it is debatable if they would have made a run at the playoffs.

The Marlins had just been swept by the Pirates on July 22, and their record was 44-51.

The Pirates had the top NL Wild Card spot on July 22, and the Braves held the second spot.

Six teams were between the Braves and the Marlins at the time -- and the Phillies were 2 1/2 games behind them in the standings.

"[People] asked me, 'What's the worst thing about this year?'" Guillen said. "I said, 'When we had to trade four or five guys.'"

The way Guillen and the front office saw it, the group that opened the season hadn't clicked -- even in Spring Training. Plus, several of the established players hadn't been part of a winning season since 2009.

"Yes, we had them here, and we don't see it," Guillen said. "And we don't see it for one week, we see it for months. And the organization had been seeing that for years.

"It was time to say, 'Listen, you know what? I think we [made] a mistake.' Wear it. You learn, and move on. Was it a great team? Yes. But did they perform the way we thought they were going to perform? No."