This afternoon, the Marlins fired president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, with assistant GM Dan Jennings taking over his duties. Here are some reactions from around the web.
- It's tempting to characterize Beinfest's firing merely as Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria being Jeffrey Loria. That's part of it, CBS Sports' Scott Miller writes, but there's more to it than that. There was also the fact that Beinfest and Jennings didn't get along, and that recently, the two men had been making player acquisition decisions "simply to spite the other guy." Still, Miller posits that Beinfest's experience working with the meddlesome Loria might make him a good candidate to replace Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, who serves another meddlesome owner in Arte Moreno.
- Beinfest says he will, in fact, be looking for another job within baseball, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (via Twitter).
- Jennings is "very highly regarded" throughout baseball, ESPN's Jayson Stark tweets. Other teams have shown interest in Jennings for general manager jobs in the past, but Stark writes that Loria would not let Jennings interview for them.
- Both Beinfest and Jim Fleming, a special assistant who was also fired, look like good candidates for jobs elsewhere, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.