Edwin Rodriguez coveted an opportunity to manage the Marlins from start to finish, from the beginning of spring training to the end of the season. It is now all but certain he'll be receiving his wish.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said that within days, the Marlins are expected to end weeks of mounting speculation by announcing that Rodriguez will remain at the helm in 2011. The Marlins went 46-46 after Rodriguez took over in June on an interim basis from fired manager Fredi Gonzalez.
In addition, indications are that former Marlins infield coach Perry Hill -- a defensive instructional guru who molded the team's strong fielding infields before leaving in 2007 and is highly respected by Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez -- could also be returning. Sources said that while Hill has received interest from several clubs, he is leaning toward rejoining the Marlins.
It was revealed Tuesday that one of the perceived candidates for the Marlins' managerial position, Bo Porter, had accepted a position with the Washington Nationals to become their third base coach. As they said they would in June when Rodriguez replaced Gonzalez, the Marlins explored their managerial options after the season. They continued their flirtation with Bobby Valentine, offering him a job that he refused, and asked permission of the White Sox to speak with Ozzie Guillen. But Guillen is staying on Chicago's south side.