Marlins Notes: Guillen, Loria, Beinfest

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Marlins are thinking about firing manager Ozzie Guillen and have contacted at least one potential replacement for him.  There were also rumblings that owner Jeffrey Loria was ready to shake up the front office starting with a dismissal of president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, but sources say that won't be taking place.  Here's the latest on the Marlins, courtesy of MLB.com's Joe Frisaro..

  • Loria made it clear to his front office that he would be keeping the status quo within 24 hours of the report that indicated Beinfest would be bumped in favor of assistant GM Dan Jennings.  When asked about the report, Loria told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that he “never comments on any ridiculous and fabricated rumors", but stopped short of a full denial.
  • As the rumors about Guillen's status build, a source said that the owner has not reached a conclusion.  If Loria had decided to retain Guillen, then he most likely would have said something this weekend as he did with Beinfest and the rest of the front office.  Several sources have said that there is a "60 percent" chance that Guillen won't be back.
  • Guillen’s status also could be impacted by some other candidates.  For example, if the Marlins could convince Mike Lowell to take the job, then Guillen could be out.  However, sources told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald yesterday that Lowell won't be considered for the job.

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