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Alex Rodriguez ‘would not bet against’ Derek Jeter rebuilding Marlins

Alex Rodriguez believes Derek Jeter can turn the Miami Marlins into a winner despite how his former New York Yankees teammate got off to a tumultuous and uninspiring start running the organization.

Jeter assumed control of the Marlins as co-owner this past offseason and holds the title of CEO with the organization. To say that Jeter’s brief tenure has been underwhelming would be an understatement.

The Marlins enacted a drastic fire sale, offloading their top-end talent, including star players Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon, who called the moves “embarrassing.”

Rodriguez, currently continuing in his role as special adviser to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman this season along with serving as an MLB analyst for ESPN — not to mention a high-profile romance with Jennifer Lopez — preaches patience with Jeter and the Marlins.

“I think you have to give it two or three years before you even start evaluating,” A-Rod told Yahoo Sports’ Mike Oz, via Big League Stew. “I know Derek Jeter is a five-time world champion and I would not bet against him. For me, I hope he does great, I’m cheering for him. Being a Floridian, as someone who has grown up in the city in Miami, we all want to see a winner down there.”

The transition of ownership of the Marlins to the Derek Jeter-led group has been nothing short of an utter disappointment. From clumsily handling the dismissal of a longtime scout — who was battling cancer and needed a kidney transplant — to the aforementioned gutting of the team’s roster, it’s been rough start. The team couldn’t even give a proper send-off to Stanton without bungling it, much to the chagrin of the team’s disgruntled fans.

And then there was the kerfuffle involving Jeter’s wish to remove the Marlins’ garish home run sculpture. Suffice to say, it hasn’t been pretty in Miami.

Rodriguez — who hasn’t necessarily always seen eye-to-eye with Jeter — arguably forwards a reasonable argument that it takes time to rebuild an organization. But that does not mean Jeter should be immune to some semblance of criticism.