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Kurkjian: Marlins will offer Valentine a four-year deal

Jun 24, 2010, 7:22 PM EST

If Peter Gammons’ word isn’t enough to convince the HBT readership that Bobby Valentine is days away from being named the Marlins’ next manager, this might do the trick:

According to ESPN.com’s Tim Kurkjian, the Fish will offer Bobby V. a lucrative four-year contract after he is interviewed on Friday night in south Florida.  Valentine is obviously interested in the gig because he withdrew his name from the O’s managerial search earlier this week. 

And why wouldn’t he be?  The Marlins are off to a disappointing 35-36 start this season and currently sit six games back of the Braves in the National League East, but with talented youngsters like Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton, Josh Johnson, Gaby Sanchez and Chris Coghlan in tow, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about the club’s future. 

A new stadium set to open in 2012 should only sweeten the deal for Valentine, who is currently an analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

Before the offer comes, however, the Marlins will the will interview their interim
manager, Edwin Rodriguez, as well as Diamondbacks’ third base coach Bo
Porter, a former Marlins and current Diamondback coach. That according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal
One can’t help but turn a cynical eye at those interviews as Loria
pretending to consider minority candidates (Rodriguez is Latino and
Porter is black) while everyone on the planet knows that he wants
Valentine.  Such is the world we live in, however, and one can easily
argue that baseball’s insistence that such token interviews take place
is sillier than conducting them is.

But that’s a conversation for another day. Today, it seems, Loria is
getting his man. Or will soon, anyway. May they be happy together.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    I would spring for a fat four year deal any day, even with the Prince of Pikerdom as my boss, just on the probability that I’d spend the last eighteen months of it playing golf with Don Shula and Jeff Conine.
    .
    I would think, though, that Valentine is a guy who could stimulate this team to overreach itself. I don’t think that without some serious augmentation of the boolpen and some key trades to plug the horrifying holes in the infield defense (especially if it imports some good situational hitters with speed at the expense of the sometimes-power the Feesh overdepend upon) this team is going to contend seriously in this division this year, but they would probably finish more respectably than they’re going to finish without some key moves. Mike Stanton, even if he blossoms this year, isn’t going to be enough by himself.

  2. Matt S. - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Is this where Florio stops by to talk about the Rooney Rule?

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