There’s been plenty written about the looming change in the Marlins’ front office, and MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports the first wave of personnel shakeups in Miami. Per Frisaro, vice president of player development Marty Scott and vice president of player personnel Craig Weissmann were reassigned yesterday. Meanwhile, vice president of scouting Stan Meek was given an extension through the 2017 season, meaning he’ll continue overseeing the Marlins’ draft for the foreseeable future.
Frisaro, like many others, notes that manager Dan Jennings is expected to return to the front office following the season (Frisaro, the Miami Herald, FOX Sports and CBS Sports have all written on this recently). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote late last night that a meeting of the team’s higher-ups was set for Thursday, at which point Jennings will be offered a role in the front office. However, the Herald’s Clark Spencer reported yesterday that the relationship between Jennings and owner Jeffrey Loria has become strained, so it’s not certain what type of role he’ll have waiting for him. In the event that Jennings doesn’t return to the GM chair, both Spencer and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal have noted that assistant GM Mike Berger could be a candidate to fill the void on a long-term basis. (Berger has already stepped up and taken on some of Jennings’ former GM duties.)
Beyond front office changes, Heyman writes that the Marlins are planning an “exhaustive” search to find an experienced manager to take over for Jennings. According to Heyman, Don Mattingly has long been of interest to Loria, though he, of course, is under contract with the Dodgers beyond 2015. A disappointing finish could have some impact on his standing with the organization, particularly due to the fact that he was a hire of the previous front office regime, but for the time being Mattingly isn’t available as an option for the Marlins. Heyman speculatively lists experienced names such as Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire, Bud Black, Larry Bowa, Jim Riggleman and Rick Renteria, among others, as candidates.
Frisaro and Spencer have both written recently that further changes are expected throughout the organization, with the scouting department among the areas that could be overhauled.