NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Loria is outraged with Fredi Gonzalez’s published comments in which the former Marlins manager said that no manager ever seems to please the owner.
Gonzalez, who manages the Atlanta Braves, was quoted in Sunday’s Miami Herald as saying: “There’s not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough. Not Connie Mack, not anyone.”
Loria said that if Gonzalez made those comments, “I’m a little surprised because it’s classless — and you can quote me — especially because he was with us for five years and he was a colossal failure. Not nice. Not nice.”
In a text message Sunday night, Gonzalez indicated he stood by his comments.
Loria expressed his feelings to reporters as they waited outside the clubhouse following the team’s 3-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday. Gonzalez managed the Marlins from 2007-10, going 276-279.
The last two winning Marlins teams, in 2008 and ’09, were managed by Gonzalez. But Gonzalez was fired in June 2010, after the team got off to a 34-36 start.
After going “all in” this season with a franchise-record $95 million roster payroll, the Miami Marlins will likely scale back in 2013 to a more moderate figure, somewhere in the $70 million to $80 million range, sources said.
Multiple sources said the team lost money this season due largely to a high payroll and lower-than-anticipated attendance at the new ballpark. As a result, the Marlins will not be repeating last year’s buying binge, when they spent more than $190 million on free agents.
The Marlins already have 2013 salary commitments of $65.5 million for eight players: Josh Johnson ($13.75 million), Mark Buehrle ($12 million), Ricky Nolasco ($11.5 million), Jose Reyes ($10 million), Heath Bell ($9 million), John Buck ($6.5 million), Greg Dobbs ($1.6 million) and Jacob Turner ($1.175 million).
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Not only did Jose Reyes have to listen to Mets fans boo him all season, but he also gave them plenty of reason to cheer about by struggling at Citi Field in the Marlins’ nine games there.
Reyes went 4 for 33 (.121) and drove in just one run at Citi Field this season, his first since leaving New York to sign with the Marlins.
“That’s shocking because I had great success in this stadium,’’ Reyes said Sunday after going 0 for 3. “I don’t think I put any pressure on myself here. I just wanted to do good."
• Monday: Off day.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.36 ERA) at Atlanta Braves RHP Kris Medlen (9-1, 1.51), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (8-13, 3.84) at Atlanta Braves LHP Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.85), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.
• Scouting report: The Marlins close out their 2012 road schedule with a three-game series in Atlanta, where they have gone 2-4 this season and are 57-101 all-time. Atlanta is the only city where the Marlins have lost more than 100 games.