PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Hill is expected to remain the Marlins’ president of baseball operations. But beneath him, the front office is being restructured, with Mike Berger and Jeff McAvoy assuming greater power and Dan Jennings’ future with the team in limbo.
Jennings, who stepped down as general manager in May to take over as manager when Mike Redmond was fired, will manage his final game Sunday and has been invited back to the front office.
But he is mulling that decision, sources said, due to reservations he has concerning his new role, and whether he would retain the same decision-making power he had before moving to the dugout.
"I want to have a conversation with the powers that be and thus determine what’s going to be in the best interest of the organization," Jennings said Saturday. "From a standpoint of if I'm asked to go back upstairs, then there are conversations that are going to have to take place because I want to understand where things are, because I've been removed for 4 1/2 months. There's catch-up that I have to be involved in and conversations that need to take place so that I'm up to speed as to how things have evolved in the front office."
Jennings' relationship with owner Jeffrey Loria has become strained since becoming manager. Sources said he has already been involved in several internal meetings about the new power structure.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Saturday that Berger would assume a “GM-like role.” And Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com reported that the Marlins have spoken to Tampa Bay Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold about a front office job.
The Marlins are expected to address the front office restructuring early next week.
They have already begun interviewing managerial candidates. Manny Acta and Bo Porter have already interviewed, and the Marlins are expected to bring in more candidates.