The Marlins are expected to offer Bobby Valentine a four-year contract to become their next manager, a source close to the negotiations told Tim Kurkjian of ESPN. Valentine will fly to Florida on Friday night to meet with Marlins executives, including owner Jeffrey Loria.
All signs point to the former Rangers and Mets skipper taking the Marlins job by the end of the weekend, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, the club will interview two other candidates tomorrow. Major league sources tell Rosenthal that the Marlins will interview their interim manager, Edwin Rodriguez, as well as Diamondbacks' third base coach Bo Porter.
Rosenthal reports that Valentine could be sporting teal and silver as soon as Sunday, though no such timetable is assured. Sentiment exists in the organization to leave Rodriguez, the league's first Puerto Rican manager, in command through the team's series against the Mets in Puerto Rico. The series runs from Monday to Wednesday.