Still deciding roles in Marlins’ front office
MIAMI — A day after Miami underwent a front office shakeup, it was business as usual on Saturday at Marlins Park.
Still there is unfinished business to take care of, mainly finalizing how the front office will be restructured now that Larry Beinfest has been dismissed.
The Marlins on Friday afternoon announced, effective immediately, that Beinfest was being relieved of his duties as president of baseball operations. Also, Jim Fleming was let go as special assistant to the president of baseball operations.
No official announcements have been made on what moves are next.
According to several insiders, Dan Jennings, currently the vice president of player development and assistant general manager, is expected to be promoted to handle a number of baseball decisions. What exact title he will assume remains to be seen.
There are indications Jennings and vice president and general manager Michael Hill will share a number of responsibilities.
Team owner Jeffrey Loria met with Hill at Marlins Park for more than a hour on Friday. Insiders say it went well.
Jennings, meanwhile, was in Venezuela the past few days scouting players. He returned on Friday night to South Florida. It’s assumed that he met on Saturday with Loria.
One school of thought is Jennings will be more hands on in player evaluations, while Hill could be more involved in contract negotiations.
Jennings and Hill have worked together even before they both joined the Marlins. They were also together at Tampa Bay.
It is likely, the team will announce how the front office will be structured early next week.
The Marlins’ season comes to a close on Sunday.
– Joe Frisaro