Marlins and Mattingly close to a Deal

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Don Mattingly and the Marlins are in serious talks to make him the new manager, and everyone’s expectation is that it will happen.

Mattingly was Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s top choice from the start, and sources say the interview Monday went extremely well, with both parties impressed.

The sides have been in talks since then, according to sources.

The Marlins had interviewed at least Larry Bowa, Bo Porter and Manny Acta for the open manager job but the search was put on hold the moment Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually parted ways late last week. Bowa, a good friend of Mattingly, recently dropped out of the running to remain a Phillies coach.

Loria has a relationship with Mattingly from New York, and has long admired him. The owner also insisted on experience this time, and Mattingly managed the Dodgers the last five years.

Mattingly, one of only two managers to win the division the last three seasons (Mike Matheny is the other), has said he wanted to continue managing, and he may get more autonomy and a longer deal with the Marlins.

Neither Mattingly, Loria nor Marlins president Michael Hill could be reached.

Mattingly was due to make $1.6 million from the Dodgers next year, but presumably that will all be offset, as Mattingly’s salary would be expected to easily top that in Miami. Dan Jennings, the GM who filled in ably last year as manager, makes close to $2 million a year.

MLB discourages major announcements during the World Series, so it isn’t known when something could be made official.

Source: Jon Heyman

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