Marlins still searching to complete staff
MIAMI — On Wednesday, MLB’s GM Meetings will get underway in Palm Springs, Calif., and the Marlins still are looking to finalize manager Mike Redmond’s staff.
Miami is in the market for a bench coach, hitting coach and either a pitching or bullpen coach.
Right now, the Marlins have three coaches on staff, infield coach Perry Hill, third base coach Joe Espada and Reid Cornelius.
Cornelius has been the bullpen coach, and he could remain in that capacity unless he is named pitching coach.
A name receiving consideration for hitting coach is Anthony Iapoce, who has ties to the Marlins organization and also to Redmond. But it is unclear if the team has asked the Cubs for permission to interview him.
Iapoce, 39, was the Blue Jays roving hitting coordinator the past three years. Redmond managed in Toronto’s Minor League system the past two season, and the two have a close friendship.
Iapoce also has history with the Marlins. In 2007, he was the hitting coach at Class A Greensboro on then manager Edwin Rodriguez’s staff. And he was the hitting coach for Class A Jupiter in 2008-09. During his time in the organization, he worked with Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton.
Of late, Iapoce has been in high demand. The Cubs on Nov. 1 hired him as a special assistant to the general manager/player development. If he remains in Chicago, he will serve as the team’s Minor League hitting coordinator.
Iapoce was recommended to the Cubs by their player development director Brandon Hyde, who formerly was the Marlins bench coach. Recently, Chicago hired Tim Cossins away from the Marlins, where he was the catching coordinator.
– Joe Frisaro