The Miami Marlins are 20 games under .500 and playing before small crowds, but Derek Jeter says the franchise is on the right path.

"We have a ways to go," Jeter said. "No one is happy with what has happened to this point. But we are headed in the right direction."

The first-year CEO is basing his optimism in part on a succession of trades that depleted the roster but replenished a farm system that had ranked among baseball's worst.

"Every move we make with this organization is always to make us better," Jeter said. "We're not in a position of just giving players away. So we're happy with what we added at the trade deadline. We're also happy with what we were able to keep here."