11:10am: While Gonzalez is set to explore other opportunities, the Marlins have agreed to 2020 contracts with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. and first base/infield coach Trey Hillman, per SiriusXM’s Craig Mish (Twitter links).
11:05am: Third base coach Fredi Gonzalez has informed the Marlins that he has decided to “explore other options,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports (via Twitter). The former Marlins/Braves skipper doesn’t have anything lined up at the moment, Frisaro adds, but rather appears ready for a change of scenery after three seasons in his current role. Gonzalez’s departure creates yet another vacancy on the Marlins’ staff; bench coach Tim Wallach also departed of his own volition, and it was reported earlier this month that neither catching coach Brian Schneider nor bullpen coach Dean Treanor will be back next season.
The 55-year-old Gonzalez should have no shortage of opportunities given his experience. In addition to four years managing the Marlins (2007-10) and six years managing the Braves (2011-16), Gonzalez has served as a minor league manager and spent a decade as a Major League third base coach between the Braves and multiple stints in Miami. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gonzalez, a Cuban-born and bilingual dugout veteran, emerge as a candidate in other managerial or coaching searches at a time of near-record turnover around the league. And with nearly 40 years of experience in pro ball dating back to his days as a minor league catcher in the 1980s, he could land in a variety of roles if he’s up for a new challenge.
In 10 seasons as a Major League manager, Gonzalez compiled a 710-692 record. He was at the helm of a 2012 Braves club that won 94 games and secured a Wild Card berth as well as a 2013 Braves team that won 96 games and captured the NL East title, although neither club advanced beyond its first round of play.