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Marlins Notes: Espada, Vazquez, Nunez

Jack McKeon won't manage the Marlins in 2012 and the club is already looking to replace the 80-year-old skipper. They interviewed former third base coach Bo Porter for the job and it won't be surprising if Ozzie Guillen becomes available as well. Here are more updates on the Marlins, starting with an item on a possible successor to McKeon:

  • Joe Espada, the Marlins' current third base coach, interviewed for the team's managerial opening, according to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. Espada says the Marlins have a "strong foundation" and that his conversation with owner Jeffrey Loria and others went well.
  • Javier Vazquez maintains that he's likely to retire after the season, but he told Navarro that he's not ruling out a return. The durable Puerto Rico native says he hates to determine his future during the season and will have an easier time deciding two or three months from now.
  • He has a case for a one-year deal worth $7MM or more if he decides to play.
  • Leo Nunez, whose real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, called teammate Edward Mujica to say that he intends to apologize to his teammates for using an assumed name, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Nunez, 29, hopes to return to the Major Leagues using his real name.
  • The Marlins may consider trading Ricky Nolasco this offseason and earlier today MLBTR's Tim Dierkes explained what that could mean for the team.








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