Bobby Valentine Rumors: Monday

4:10pm: The Marlins are "strongly considering" Bo Porter, according to Jon Heyman of (via Twitter). So what does that mean for Valentine? It's hard to say. Marlins president David Samson would not comment on Valentine to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post (Twitter link).

9:00am: The Marlins' flirtations with Bobby Valentine have become a confusing saga, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  On one hand, the FOX writers report that the Marlins already informed the commissioner's office that Valentine is out of the running for their manager position.  Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel learned via email from Valentine last night that no formal interview has been scheduled.  On the other hand, Valentine told ESPN last night that he's "in the middle of the process."  One Rosenthal and Morosi source backs up Valentine's suggestion that talks are ongoing. 

What's caused the impasse?  Rosenthal and Morosi's sources differ, with one citing "philosophical differences" between Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and another pointing to opposition from president David Samson.  In another column, Rosenthal deems the drama an embarrassment to the organization.  He also calls the interviews of Bo Porter and Edwin Rodriguez "a mockery of Commissioner Bud Selig’s guidelines for minority hiring."

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