Marlins fire Larry Beinfest; new baseball ops structure coming

Long-time executive Larry Beinfest is out in Miami.
Long-time executive Larry Beinfest is out in Miami. (USATSI)

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The Marlins have relieved president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and assistant Jim Fleming of their duties, effective immediately, owner Jeffrey Loria announced. Vice president of player personnel and assistant GM Dan Jennings is now in charge, reports Danny Knobler of

"Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process," said Loria in a statement. "I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands."

Beinfest, 49, had been with the Marlins since Loria purchased the team prior to the 2002 season. He worked in the Mariners' and Expos' front offices earlier in his career. Knobler notes the Miami front office has been divided for years.

Loria has done plenty to be considered the worst owner in baseball, including signing big-name free agents only to trade them away a year later. That dates back to Carlos Delgado and not just Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle last year.

In the statement, Loria also said he will "soon be making further announcements in terms of our new structure in baseball operations."

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