As the 2015 season starts to wind down, the Miami Marlins front office is already thinking ahead for the coming season, as the club looks to make a managerial change that suits the team better both in the clubhouse and dugout.
The organization has made it clear to Dan Jennings that he will not be retained as the Marlins manager going into 2016, but he has yet to make a decision whether to accept an offer to resume his former role as Miami’s GM, as mentioned in a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Although the team expects Jennings to answer with a yes, that may be delayed due to a small relationship strain between Jennings and club owner Jeffrey Loria, which has been caused by the team’s disappointing season, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
The only thing likely to prevent Jennings’ return would be a more enticing opportunity elsewhere that makes sense for him in both role and location.
After high hopes entering the season, 2015 has been a huge letdown for the Marlins, who currently sit at 58-81, 19.5 games back of the NL East-leading New York Mets with only 23 games left.
Miami is not the only team with an uncertain GM situation. The Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels all have current vacancies in that role.