Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen's status is expected to be settled by the conclusion of a meeting of team honchos next week in New York.
There has been no evidence of managerial inquiries by Marlins ownership in recent days after some earlier contacts. The longer it goes with no change made, one Marlins person suggested, the better it bodes for Guillen's chance to stay as manager -- though it's not expected to be until next week's meeting before the situation is fully decided. Another person said he foresaw a possibility of changes that are less major within the baseball hierarchy.
Regardless of whether a managerial change is made, it has become clear Marlins upper management, even including Guillen's chief supporter owner Jeffrey Loria, is dissatisfied with the job Guillen did in his first year managing the Marlins. Club president David Samson and Larry Beinfest, the president of baseball operations, are not seen as major Guillen allies. Guillen was Loria's pick from the start.
One person with Marlins ties say some in upper management were surprised at how much delegating Guillen does to his coaches, particularly right-hand man Joey Cora. Another person with ties to the team said some players believed Guillen was too "negative'' and also said he believed Guillen had "lost the clubhouse.''
One issue has been whether the Marlins could find a suitable replacement. they've made a few inquiries, though there's no proof of anything hot lately.
Loria and other top management people have remained quiet regarding possible leadership changes.
There was a report before the end of the season Beinfest was on his way out, and while it appeared that way for a while, people connected to the team now suggest they believe Beinfest will stay.
Guillen, Beinfest and other top Marlins management people, GM Michael Hill and VP Dan Jennnings all have contracts that run through 2015. Guillen is due $7.5 million for the next three seasons. Jennings would be the logical successor if Beinfest ever was forced out.