2:22pm: As has been previously reported, the Marlins have offered Jennings a spot in their front office. He’s still deciding what to do, however, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes. “From a standpoint of if I’m asked to go back upstairs, then there are conversations that are going to have to take place because I want to understand where things are, because I’ve been removed for 4 1/2 months,” says Jennings. “There’s catch-up that I have to be involved in and conversations that need to take place so that I’m up to speed as to how things have evolved in the front office.”
12:02pm: The Marlins have talked to Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold about a front office job, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.
10:12am: There will be “significant changes” in the Marlins’ front office, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweets. Current assistant GM Mike Berger will take over a role similar to that of GM, although it’s unknown at this point what his actual title will be. It’s not clear what role, if any, current manager and former full-time GM Dan Jennings will occupy. Lately, owner Jeffrey Loria has reportedly listened to Berger and others more closely than Jennings. Also, the Marlins recently fired pro scout Mickey White and reassigned vice president of player personnel Craig Weissmann, both close associates of Jennings.
The Marlins are also currently interviewing candidates for their managerial job. It had previously been reported that they had offered Jennings a job in their front office, although perhaps he’ll go elsewhere, with the Phillies being one possibility.
It has, of course, been a disappointing season in Miami. The Marlins acquired Mat Latos, Martin Prado, Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Michael Morse, Ichiro Suzuki and others last winter in an attempt to contend, but they struggled out of the gate, fired manager Mike Redmond, and have slouched to a 69-90 season so far amidst injuries to key players like Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez.
I predicted when he moved to the manager position that he would never move back to GM (with the Marlins). Others have been used in his job, and they have not missed him.
Glad braves locked up Coppollella.
Try a new owner