TSwift25 Posted July 13, 2005 Share Posted July 13, 2005 Loria: Marlins are 'built to win' BARRY JACKSON [email protected] Always eager to field a winner, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria authorized the franchise's largest-ever payroll ($66 million). He hasn't gotten his money's worth. In the past few days, Loria expressed interest in tinkering with the roster and said he expects a lot more. ''There is immense talent on this team,'' he said. ''We can do a lot better than we've done. This team was built to win, and we will win. We will be right there at the end. I can't believe people are satisfied with where they are at the moment. . . . There is no reason why this team can't win the division, absolutely no reason.'' Loria addressed several issues: ? On his gut feeling about whether the Marlins will make a trade: ''I would like to try to do something, but we're . . . not going to make a move for the sake of making a move. . . . Because there are a lot of teams bunched up, there aren't a lot of things out there that can happen.'' Is he willing to add payroll? ''I don't know what we'll do about that. I've never been afraid in the past to do that.'' Asked if the lineup is good enough, Loria said, ''Absolutely. Absolutely.'' ? Asked if he expects manager Jack McKeon to finish out this season, Loria answered, ''My focus at this moment is on the team as a whole and not on any one person. . . . If we play anywhere close to our potential and we combine the talent we have this year with the heart we played with the last two years, we should be a playoff team.'' ? He was noncommittal about whether impending free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett will finish the season here. Is there interest in signing him long-term? ''We will evaluate that . . . at the end of the season. We haven't given it any thought. We're trying to win the division this year.'' ? He hasn't given up on slumping third baseman Mike Lowell: ''Mike is working hard, and finally I think he may have found a solution.'' ? First baseman Carlos Delgado has been what he expected -- ''a spectacular player and first-class guy.'' Loria pointed to pitcher Brian Moehler as the team's most pleasant surprise and praised catcher Paul Lo Duca's handling of the pitchers. ? Loria remains mum on the stadium issue. No acceptable solution has emerged. CHATTER One second-half question is whether Lo Duca, who has started 73 of 86 games and is hitting .286, will wear down in the heat. In his career, he has hit .313 before the All-Star break, .254 after. ''They want to translate that into he wore out,'' said McKeon, who can't afford to rest Lo Duca more. ''Do you want to win? You put your best out there.'' Herald Found it interesting that McKeon got a vote of no confidence. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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