Marlins To Hire Bobby Valentine?

SATURDAY, 4:02pm: Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post tweets that the Marlins gave Rodriguez a last-minute formal interview. In a separate tweet, Capozzi says Rodriguez will travel to Puerto Rico, but it may not be as the manager.

FRIDAY, 7:24pm: In a text message, Valentine said no job offer has been made yet, and that the "process will take some time," according to's Joe Frisaro.

1:00pm: A person involved in the negotiations confirmed to the Associated Press that Valentine was speaking with the Marlins today. The sides are moving closer to a deal (link via the Boston Herald).

9:15am: Valentine told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that any report suggesting he starts Monday is "absolutely not true." The Marlins plan to interview D'Backs third base coach Bo Porter. Capozzi, who believes Heyman's report is true, points out (via Twitter) that Valentine has to deny it. 

8:19am: The Marlins will hire Bobby Valentine to manage the team, according to Jon Heyman of (via Twitter). Valentine and the Marlins have at least a tentative deal in place (Twitter link).

Constant chatter has linked Valentine to the Marlins since they dismissed manager Fredi Gonzalez and Valentine withdrew his name from consideration for the Orioles' managerial job. According to ESPN, the network that currently employs Valentine, the Marlins are set to offer him a four-year deal.

Heyman says Valentine will start by Monday, when the Marlins play the team he once managed – the Mets – in Puerto Rico. That will add intrigue to the series, but will prevent interim manager Edwin Rodriguez from managing in his country of birth. Rodriguez, who is 1-1 since taking over the Marlins, became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in baseball history this week.

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