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SI: Marlins Mulling Managerial Change; Samson's Reaction


   Yet another story indicating a possible shake-up involving Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and the coaching staff. According to Sports Illustrated, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is upset that the club failed to reach the playoffs and is considering a managerial change -- this despite producing a second straight winning season with a $35 million roster, the lowest in the majors.

    When asked whether Loria was upset with how the season turned out, Marlins president David Samson replied: "There's no question we felt we should have been a playoff team."

    Samson was asked if Gonzalez's job was safe. Samson said Gonzalez, who received a two-year extension last spring to manage through the 2011 season, would be evaluated like every other employee in the organization when club officials meet with Loria in New York this week.

  Asked if the Marlins had been in contact with former major league manager Bobby Valentine about a position in the organization, as was reported on Saturday by ESPN.com, Samson replied: "Not that I'm aware of."

   Gonzalez, in comments to reporters before today's game, was asked about the Valentine report;

   "You ve got to talk to Larry (Beinfest) about that one," Gonzalez said. "I don’t worry about it. He’s (Valentine) a good baseball man."