Holding pattern for Ozzie, front office
MIAMI — All has been quiet since the Marlins’ season ended. Chances are the silence will remain until the club’s organizational meetings later this month.
Team owner Jeffrey Loria continues to mull over what to do next. And he is contemplating more than what to do with manager Ozzie Guillen.
According to a source, Loria also is weighing whether to restructure the front office.
When the Marlins faced the Mets in New York in late September, there was wide speculation that president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest would be dismissed, and vice president of player personnel Dan Jennings would replace him.
But on Sept. 21 in New York, Loria met with everyone in the front office, and said no changes were being made.
Also in New York, Loria sat down with Guillen on Sept. 23. Nothing was mentioned about Guillen’s future as manage. Instead, they talked mostly about the direction of the team, and its needs.
There is growing speculation that Guillen will be dismissed, but that decision hasn’t been made. There is a very strong chance Guillen returns. What could change is the chain of command in the front office. Roles for those already on staff may be different.
Right now, everything is on the table.
The Marlins are coming off their second straight last-place finish. The farm system also is in the process of being restocked, with a majority of the team’s top prospects considered more than a year away from being big-league ready.
So the organization is dealing with more than just who will manage the club.
– Joe Frisaro